Through 3 Quarters
A great path to victory is to simply outgain your opponent on the field, and that's working so far for the South Florida Bulls (with 423 yards vs. 212 yards). they have a bit of a cushion as they currently lead the Temple Owls 27-14 after three quartersThe Bulls have come by their advantage honestly, as they have outgained Temple 423 yards to 212.
South Florida has enjoyed the tag-team combination of RB Kelley Joiner and RB Jaren Mangham. The former has rushed for one TD and 122 yards on 13 carries, while the latter has rushed for one TD and 135 yards on 23 carries. Joiner's performance is making up for a slower contest against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane last week.
South Florida and Temple both experienced trouble in their last games, but one is bound to make up for it today. At this point it looks like South Florida might take this one, but there's still plenty of time for a reversal of fortune.
Temple @ South Florida
Current Records: Temple 3-3; South Florida 1-5
What to Know
The Temple Owls have had a week off and are no doubt ready to get back on the field. Temple and the South Florida Bulls will face off in an American Athletic battle at 7 p.m. ET Saturday at Raymond James Stadium. The point spread is more or less neutral, so fans should expect a close game.
The night started off rough for the Owls two weeks ago, and it ended that way, too. They took a serious blow against the Cincinnati Bearcats, falling 52-3. Temple was down 45-3 at the end of the third quarter, which was just too much to recover from. QB D'Wan Mathis had a memorable game, but not in the way you want to be remembered: besides failing to produce a single touchdown, he threw one interception with only 4.44 yards per passing attempt.
Meanwhile, South Florida scored first but ultimately less than the Tulsa Golden Hurricane in their matchup last week. South Florida lost 32-31 to Tulsa. The losing side was boosted by RB Jaren Mangham, who punched in one rushing touchdown.
The losses put the Owls at 3-3 and the Bulls at 1-5. A pair of defensive stats to keep in the back of your head while watching: Temple is 235th worst in the nation in rushing touchdowns allowed, with 16 on the season. South Florida has experienced some struggles of their own as they are stumbling into the contest with the 233rd most yards allowed per game in the nation, having given up 502 on average. It's possible one of these Achilles' heels will wind up tripping the losing team up.
How To Watch
- When: Saturday at 7 p.m. ET
- Where: Raymond James Stadium -- Tampa, Florida
- TV: ESPN Plus
- Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
- Follow: CBS Sports App
- Ticket Cost: $6.00
The Bulls are a slight 1.5-point favorite against the Owls, according to the latest college football odds.
Bettors have moved against the Bulls slightly, as the game opened with the Bulls as a 3.5-point favorite.
Temple have won four out of their last six games against South Florida.
- Oct 17, 2020 - Temple 39 vs. South Florida 37
- Nov 07, 2019 - Temple 17 vs. South Florida 7
- Nov 17, 2018 - Temple 27 vs. South Florida 17
- Sep 21, 2017 - South Florida 43 vs. Temple 7
- Oct 21, 2016 - Temple 46 vs. South Florida 30
- Nov 14, 2015 - South Florida 44 vs. Temple 23