Temple vs. FIU Bowl Prediction
Will the Temple Owls cover as a touchdown-sized favorite when they take on the Florida International Golden Panthers at 8:00 p.m. ET Thursday night in the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl?
ODDSMAKERS LIKE: Temple. According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Owls are 7-point favorites to beat the Golden Panthers, who opened as a 7.5-point underdog for this bowl matchup.
The total, meanwhile, currently sits at 57.5 points after hitting the board at 58.
THE PUBLIC LIKES: As of Thursday morning, 59% of bets are on the Panthers to cover the spread as an underdog and 61% of the money is also on Florida International.
INJURY REPORT: The Golden Panthers will be without receiver Thomas Owens, who has a knee injury and is doubtful to play tonight. On the other side, receiver Ventell Bryant (leg) and quarterback Logan Marchi (lower body) are questionable.
WHO WE LIKE: Temple. The Owls are a perfect 4-0 against the spread in their last four games versus Conference USA opponents. They're also 4-1 against the number in their last five games overall, are 9-3 against the spread in their last 12 games versus an opponent with a winning record, and have covered the number in their last 26 games coming off an ATS win.
On the other side, the Golden Panthers are just 1-3-1 at the betting window in their last five games in December, are 2-7 against the spread in their last nine non-conference games, and are 0-4-1 against the number in their last five neutral site games.
BAD BOY MOWERS GASPARILLA BOWL PREDICTION: TEMPLE OWLS -7