Temple-Duke Betting Guide: Blue Devils Reeling Entering 2018 Independence Bowl

Dec 27, 2018 10:20 AM EST

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2018 Independence Bowl Betting Odds: Temple-Duke

  • Odds: Temple -3.5
  • Over/Under: 54.5
  • Date: Thursday, Dec. 27
  • Location: Shreveport, La.
  • Time: 1:30 p.m. ET
  • TV: ESPN

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Is there a team entering bowl season on a worse note than Duke? The Blue Devils lost their last two games by a combined score of 94-13, including a 59-7 home loss to Wake Forest to end the season.

Temple lost coach Geoff Collins to Georgia Tech after an excellent second half of the year. The Owls lost only one game in October or November — a 52-40 loss to UCF despite outgaining the Knights.

Here is each team’s S&P+ rating by week. Should you stick with the riser, or is there value in the faller?

Odds Movement for Temple-Duke

By Danny Donahue

Temple is one of only a few favorites this bowl season to be seeing fewer than 50% of bets on its side. The Owls have generated 38% of both bets and dollars, but have still moved from -3 to -3.5.

As for the total, big money is hitting the under in this game. Although it has attracted just 37% of bettors, those bettors have accounted for 83% of money being wagered on the total, dropping the number from 56.5 to 54.

Did You Know?

By John Ewing

Duke lost its last game, 59-7, to Wake Forest, while Temple rolled UConn, 57-7, in its season finale. This is just the third bowl game since 2005 to feature a team that lost by 30 or more points playing a team that won by 30 or more points the last time out.

In the previous two instances, the team coming off the blowout loss went 2-0 straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS).

By Evan Abrams

Duke enters its bowl game against Temple coming off two extremely poor offensive performances, scoring just six and seven points in its last two games.

Since 2005, teams entering their bowl game off consecutive bad offensive games have performed well ATS:

  • Fewer than 14 points: 7-2 ATS (+3.4 ATS diff.)
  • 17 points or fewer: 26-14 ATS (+4.3 ATS diff.)

Temple Has Elite Pass Defense

By Stuckey


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