Temple Owls vs. FIU Golden Panthers, Gasparilla Bowl 2017, Collage Football Betting, Las Vegas Odds, Free Picks and Prediction

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Temple vs Florida International, NCAA College Football Betting
When: 8:00 PM ET, Thursday, December 21, 2017
Where: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida
TV: 8 p.m. ET, ESPN. LINE: Temple -7
Team/ Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
215-Temple Owls -6½ -115  -275 Ov 57½ -105
216FIU Golden Panthers +6½ -105  +230 Un 57½ -115
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The Temple Owls and the FIU Golden Panthers will both be gunning for a victory on Thursday when they meet at Tropicana Field.

ABOUT TEMPLE (6-6, 4-4 American Athletic): The Owls turned to Nutile in late October and, with the exception of one bad game against undefeated UCF, the junior quarterback finished with nine touchdowns and two interceptions down the stretch. Adonis Jennings and Keith Kirkwood each finished with 39 catches and seven touchdowns for Temple, while Isaiah Wright contributed 41 catches and three scores. Wright also averaged 8.4 yards per carry on 23 attempts, but David Hood and Ryquell Armstead – who combined for about 1,100 yards and eight scores – typically handle the bulk of the running duties for Temple.

ABOUT FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL (8-4, 5-3 Conference USA): McGough threw for 296 yards and three touchdowns against UMass in the regular-season finale, helping FIU set a school record for total yards (674) while matching the mark for wins in a season (eight). The Panthers racked up 379 rushing yards and six TDs on the ground, with Alex Gardner and Napoleon Maxwell each scoring twice and McGough adding 108 yards and a touchdown. Bryce Singleton, who entered the regular-season finale with 10 catches for 112 yards and no touchdowns, erupted for six receptions for 111 yards and three scores against the Minutemen.

Oddsmakers opened the Owls as -8-point favorites versus the Golden Panthers, while the game’s total opened at 58.

1. Temple coach Geoff Collins will see a familiar uniform on the opposing sideline Dec. 21 in St. Petersburg, Fla. when the Owls take on Florida International in the Gasparilla Bowl. Collins was the defensive coordinator for the Golden Panthers in 2010, as FIU captured a conference title and went on to win the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl. In his first season with the Owls, Collins guided the team to a 3-1 finish down the stretch to secure a fourth straight bowl berth for the team’s seniors, the winningest class in school history.

2. Neither Temple nor FIU is a particularly high-scoring team as the Owls rank 96th nationally in points while the Panthers are 75th. However, both teams closed with strong offensive performances as Temple scored a season-high 43 points in a regular season-ending win against Tulsa while FIU put up 104 points in its final two wins over Western Kentucky and Massachusetts. Frank Nutile gave the Owls a boost at quarterback over the final five weeks while counterpart Alex McGough was an improved player for the Panthers during the second half of the season.

3. Perhaps the key for Temple will be its ability to stop FIU inside the red zone. The Panthers led the nation in scoring percentage in the red zone with 39 scores in 40 trips while the Owls’ red-zone defense was far from great, holding their opponent scoreless on just 13 percent of red-zone trips. In addition to McGough, FIU has three running backs who carried the ball at least 70 times this season and have combined for more than 1,600 yards and 15 touchdowns.

FIU was a 63-45 winner in its last match at home against Minutemen. They covered the +2.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 108 sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

Temple was a 43-22 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Golden Hurricane. They covered the -4.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (65) made winners of OVER bettors.

Team record: 6-6 SU,6-6 ATS
Temple is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Temple is 15-8 SU in its last 23 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Temple’s last 5 games

Team record: 8-4 SU,6-6 ATS
Florida International is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
Florida International is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Florida International’s last 6 games

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

FIU Golden Panthers will cover the spread at +6½ and the game will go over 57½ points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com
PREDICTION: Temple 33, Florida International 30 at bovada-logo-top-book.

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