Temple vs. Navy,
12/03/2016 12:00 EDT,
Score: 34 - 10
Total: -110/+63½ Under
*5 Star TOP Play Under* The Navy Midshipmen play at the slowest tempo of any team in the country. Navy ranks 128th in tempo out of 128 teams. How about Temple? They rank 124th out of 128 teams in the nation in tempo. Anytime you get two teams together that play that slowly and you get a total this high, you have to look under.
There are several other key factors here. First, the strength of the Temple defense is their ability to stop the run. In Temple's last four games, they haven't allowed more than 3.58 yards per carry in any of those games. Another benefit for Temple is that they played two option teams this year: Army and Tulane. That helps the prep for the triple option this week.
Navy runs the ball on 81.43% of their plays. Temple runs the ball on 58.68% of their plays. These are two teams who move slowly and run the ball consistently. That means a lot of running clock in this game.
I understand why the total is high. Navy has scored 66 and 75 points in their last two games. Still, Navy's recent success on offense comes against defenses much weaker than the Temple defense. I think in this case, there is a recency bias that allows the under to have solid value.
Take the under big here.