Friday Night Football: Chaos Reigns in AAC; Memphis Takes on Temple in Battle for First

Memphis at Temple 7.5, Total=50

The American Athletic Conference is in a state of chaos, thanks to the Temple Owls win last week over East Carolina. The Owls would like to further complicate things on Friday night when the Memphis Tigers come to town. Memphis is one of five teams tied for first place in the AAC with a 3-1 record, with Temple just a half game back at 3-2. The Owls win over the #19 East Carolina team was one of the biggest victories in school history, marking their first win over a ranked foe since 1998.

What do the models say: CPA, Temple 7.9; Massey, Temple 4.6; Keeper, Temple 8.4; Massey Consensus, Temple 4.7; Kerns, Temple 4.3

Memphis is 5-3 straight up and 5-3-0 against the line so far this year. They are averaging 36.2 points per game, and giving up 19.4 points per game on the defensive side of the ball. On offense, Memphis is averaging 206 rushing yards per game on 48 attempts, 4.3 yards per carry average. They are throwing the ball 32 times per game for a total of 242 yards, averaging 6 yards per passing attempt. Overall, Memphis has gained 448 total yards per game on an average of 79 plays.

On defense, Memphis is allowing 351 yards per game on 71 plays for a 5 yards per play average. They have given up 18 yards per point so far this year. Memphis’s opponents have run the ball 50% of the time, and are averaging 4 yards per rushing attempt. The team has allowed completions on 54.9% of its opponents’ passing attempts, good for 225 passing yards per game (6 yards per passing attempt).

Temple is averaging 29 points per game so far in 2014, while allowing 18 points a game to its opponents. They have a 4-4-0 record against the spread, with a 5-3 straight up record. Defensively, Temple’s opponents are averaging 174.2 rushing yards per game on 45 attempts, a 3.9 yards per carry average. They are throwing the ball 30 times per game for a total of 197 yards, averaging 5 yards per passing attempt.

Overall, Temple’s opponents have gained 371 total yards per game on an average of 75 plays. On offense, Temple is averaging 318 yards per game on 64 plays, for a 5 yards per play average. They are averaging 11 yards per point so far this year. Temple runs the ball 50% of the time, and are averaging 3.6 yards per rushing attempt. The team has completed 56.1% of its passing attempts, good for 203.7 passing yards per game (6.4 yards per passing attempt).

Temple is a 7.5 point underdog in the game, according to Jetwin.com.