College football gambling expectations are high for the Temple Owls to win the MAC as they continue to impress NCAA football gambling handicappers with coach Al Golden.
Sports-Gambling.com opened with Temple as an 8-point favorite. Kickoff Thursday is at 7:05 PM.
Temple is coming off their first bowl season since 1979 last year and is one of the top favorites to unseat defending champion Central Michigan in the MAC. They have 16 starters back led by junior quarterback Chester Stewart. The offense scored 30 points per game last year and should be even more dangerous in 2010.
Last week Temple had a scare in a 31-24 win over intra-city rival Villanova in Philadelphia. Stewart came up clutch as he led the Owls on a late drive to set up the winning 43 yard field goal by Brandon McManus. Stewart finished 16-27 for 200 yards. While Villanova is a 1-AA team they were the defending national champion of that class.
Temple has been a decent value in MAC action with the NCAA betting odds as they have covered 12 out of their last 19 conference games including 6 of their last 6 with 6 of those games also going over the total. The Owls have gotten the money in 8 out of their last 11 as a favorite with 7 consecutive games going over the total when they are the chalk.
The Central Michigan Chippewas began a new era with coach Dan Enos and 10 new starters as they beat Hampton 33-0. New starting quarterback Ryan Radcliff passed for 242 yards and ran for a score. “We weren’t happy with how we played in all phases of the game, but we were happy with our effort and attention to detail,” said Enos.
Central Michigan has had plenty of success with the NCAA betting lines as an underdog with 12 payouts in their last 17 decisions in that role including 6 covers in their last 8 heading into this matchup. The Chippewas also have the hot hand in MAC action with 6 payouts in their last 7 conference games.
These two teams last met in 2008 as Central Michigan scored a 24-14 college football gambling payout as 8-point home favorites with the game staying under 48.5.