The Tulsa Golden Hurricane (1-2) travel to play the Temple Owls (1-2) tonight, Thursday, Sep 20 at 7:30 p.m. E.T. Our Week Four Tulsa plays Temple NCAAF pick has the Owls at -6.0 and the over/under at 53.5. This is a tough game to call due to numerous variables that could affect both the over/under and spread.
The Golden Hurricane won their first game of the season, as they beat Central Arkansas 38-27. They then lost their next two, as Texas beat them 28-21 and Arkansas took them down 29-20. Temple lost their first two games; both of which were played at home. Villanova beat the Owls 19-17, and then Buffalo topped them 36-29. Finally, Temple earned a win last week, as they beat Maryland 36-14. The Owls have yet to win at home.
Tulsa Offense vs Owls Defense
Tulsa is averaging 387.3 YPG, including 210.0 on the ground. They’ve been accumulating 177.3 YPG in the air and averaging 26.3 PPG. Golden Hurricane sophomore QB Luke Skipper (61.3 COMP%, 4 TDs, 3 INT) has been a haphazard passer. He’s posted too many picks. WRs Keenan Johnson (11 REC, 14.5 YPC, 1 TD) and Keylon Stokes (10 REC, 11.5 YPC, 0 TDs) are his number one and two targets. The Tulsa rush attack is their prime offensive mode. Sophomore RB Shamari Brooks has gained 310 yards on 70 rushes as he’s averaged 4.4 YPA. Brooks has 4 rushing TDs. Two other rushers have 100-plus yards.
Temple is allowing 23.0 PPG and 145.0 YPG on the ground. Of their total yards allowed of 342.3, they are giving up 197.3 YPG. DL Michael Dogbe, who has made 3.5 sacks and notched 5.5 TFL, is a major defensive force. Dogbe’s also forced two fumbles and made 16 tackles. CB Rock Ya-Sin has been tough on receivers, defending five passes and grabbing a pick. LB Shaun Bradley has 18 total tackles, as well as a sack, TFL, INT, and TD. The team has nine sacks and 17 TFL.
Temple Offense vs Golden Hurricane Defense
The Owls have been good for 27.0 PPG. Of their 345.0 YPG of offense, the team is averaging 236.3 in the air and 108.7 YPG on the ground. It was QB Anthony Russo, a sophomore, who got the win versus Maryland, may start in this game too. Right now senior starting QB Frank Nutile is listed as questionable. Nutile has been good on 52% of his passes while Russo had completed 58.6%. The senior has tossed four TDs and four INTs, while his backup has one scoring pass and one interception. Sophomore Braden Mack tops the team with 13 catches. He has an 11.9 YPC average. Senior RB Ryquell Armstead has 54 carries for 256 yards. He’s averaging 4.7 YPA. Armstead, whose longest rush is 50 yards, has no rushing scores.
Tulsa is allowing 28.0 PPG and 337.7 YPG. They are allowing 179.0 YPG on the ground. Also, they’ve been good for 197.7 YPG in the air. The Golden Hurricane do not yet have a pick. LB Cooper Edminston is a tackling machine with 25 total. He’s also managed two TFL and has forced and recovered a fumble. The D has 18 TFL, but just four sacks.
Week Four Tulsa Plays Temple NCAAF Pick
Our Week Four Tulsa plays Temple NCAAF pick notes that Temple’s QB situation makes this pick tough. One thing we do like is the over. We do believe these teams will top 53.5 points tonight. They tend to give up quite a few points and can also score. We are taking that over. Also, we will go with the Owls by 6.0.