Rogers' 10* Saturday Championship CA$H >> EARLY GAME!
Temple vs. Navy,
12/03/2016 12:00 EDT,
Score: 34 - 10
Point Spread: -2½/-110 Navy
The set-up: No. 20 Navy (9-2, 7-1) won the West Division of the AAC and will play the Temple Owls (9-3, 7-1), who won the AAC East, in the AAC championship game. The Midshipmen are playing for a conference title for the first time in the 136-year history of their program (Navy spent 134 seasons as an independent before joining the AAC last year), while the Owls have advanced to the AAC conference championship game for the second consecutive season (lost at Houston last year), riding a six game-winning streak. This game could have even more significance if Western Michigan was not able to beat Ohio U. Friday night in the MAC title game.
Temple: The Owls enter this contest No. 3 in total defense, only Alabama and Michigan are better, allowing 273.8 YPG (3rd) and rank 10th in allowing 17.8 PPG. The offense is not bad (32.9 PPG) with QB Walker having his best season with 2,700 passing yards (18 TDs and 12 INTs). Thomas and Armstead are quite a RB duo, with Thomas gaining 856 yards (4.7 YPC / 12 TDs plus six TD receptions) and Armstead running for 842 yards on 6.1 YPC and 13 TDs. Walker has a bad ankle but he’s expected to play. That said, head coach Matt Rhule told reporters that backup Logan Marchi "has to be ready to play.”
Navy: Tago Smith was the team's starting QB to open the year but was lost in Navy’s first game. Will Worth has stepped in to rush fo 1,181 yards and 25 TDs, leading the nation's second-best rushing unit at 342.0 YPG on 6.0 YPC. The Navy defense is suspect, allowing 30.1 (76th). However, with the offense controlling the ball and the clock, some od Navy’s defensive woes are covered up. Navy enters averaging 41.7 PPG, after scoring 141 points in its last two games!
The pick: Temple comes in on a six-game winning streak and incredibly, an 11-game ATS winning streak, with covers in every game since it lost its season opener at home to Army, 28-13. However, that result is very relevant here, as Temple was helpless against Army’s option, as it ran for 329 yards! No reason to think Temple will have any more luck here against an even better option attack, run by the superb, Will Worth. Navy gets this game on its home field (Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium), where the Midshipmen will be going for a 15th straight home win. That’s the bet. Navy is a 10* play.