Temple's Owls played so well this year they just lost their head coach. Carrying one of the best single-season ATS records of all time, the champions of the American Athletic Conference take on a fourth-place team from the Atlantic Coast Conference in Wake Forest in the ninth edition of the Military Bowl.
Kickoff: Tuesday, December 27 @ 3:30 p.m. ET
Location: Navy Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, Maryland
Temple got off to a 1-2 start to this season, which included a tough 34-27 loss to eventual Big Ten champion Penn State. A few weeks later the Owls lost at Memphis, and stood at 3-3. But they haven't lost since, parlaying a six-game winning streak into a division title, then beating Navy in the AAC championship game 34-10.
Temple outgained Navy by 80 yards and even won the ground battle against that vaunted Midshipmen running game by a 189-168 margin. So the Owls have now outgained each of their last 10 opponents and outrushed their last seven foes. They've also covered 12 spreads in a row.
Temple's only problem is their success just cost them their head coach, as Baylor poached Matt Rhule away. The Owls will be led in the bowl by assistant head coach Ed Foley, who's been with the program since 2008.
Wake Forest played two different halves this season and managed to earn its first bowl bid since 2011. The Demon Deacons started 4-0, with a win at a decent Indiana team, and reached 5-1, but lost five of their last six games, including their last three in a row to Louisville, Clemson and Boston College to finish at .500.
Back in October, Wake Forest gave Florida State a good game and covered easily as a 23-point dog. A few weeks later the Deacons, at +34, actually led Lamar Jackson and his Cardinals into the fourth quarter, before the roof caved in. In fact, Wake finished the season on a 5-2 ATS run.
Temple, playing what Sagarin at USAToday.com calls the 85th-toughest schedule in the country this season, outgained opponents by 141 yards per game, thanks in large part to the nation's third-ranked defense. Wake Forest, on the other hand, playing the No. 69 schedule, got outgained by an average of 63 YPG, thanks mainly to an offense that ranked No. 125.Military Bowl Betting Trends
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The Bowling Green Falcons and the No. 24 San Jose State Spartans square off in the Military Bowl on Thursday, Dec. 27 at RFK Stadium (3 pm ET, ESPN).
NCAAF Odds at DSW sportsbook have the Spartans as a 7-point favorite and the over/under total at 45.
Bowling Green won 21-7 in its last game against the Buffalo Buffaloes and covered as a 9-point home favorite, while the score was under the total. Bowling Green quarterback Matt Schilz threw for one touchdown and ran for another score, while running back John Pettigrew carried the ball 29 times for 93 yards and one TD.
San Jose State beat the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs 52-43 in its last game on Nov. 24. The Spartans covered as a 3-point home favorite and the score was over the total.
SJS running back De’Leon Eskridge rushed for 217 yards and three touchdowns, and QB David Fales passed for three touchdowns, and was 25 of 37 for 367 yards. Receiver Noel Grigsby caught seven passes for 127 yards.
Bowling Green finished the regular season at 8-4 straight up and 8-4 against the point spread. San Jose State finished 9-2 SU and 9-2 ATS – its best record in 25 years.
College football betting trends show that Bowling Green is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games. The total has gone under in 6 of Bowling Green’s last 7 games. San Jose State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games, and the total has gone over in 5 of San Jose State’s last 7 games.
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