Maybe getting an extra few days to prepare for Memphis is a good thing, particularly with the penalties and pass protection issues still plaguing the Owls.
There is no maybe involved, though, when it comes to the Tigers, who have to travel to the University of Louisiana-Monroe today at 3:45 p.m.
Temple coaches have the added benefit of watching the game live on TV and then breaking down game film afterward.
Memphis should be able to cover the 15-point spread easily in this one but the travel to Louisiana and back to Memphis and then a trip to Philadelphia for Temple homecoming should benefit the Owls at least a little.
Other AAC games of interest today include USF at UConn (surprised that the Bulls are only 10.5-point favorites there) and SMU giving 13.5 points at Tulsa. SMU looks like the best team in the league so far and that includes UCF and Cincy. Beating a TCU team that beat Kansas, 51-17, is pretty impressive–especially after Kansas traveled to Boston to double-up Steve Addazio’s Eagles two weeks prior. I have to root for host Navy getting 3 points against Air Force and think the Middies should be able to pull the mild upset.
Picks today: ARMY getting 3 against visiting Tulane. The Green Wave is pretty good this year but Army has won 15-straight home games and I think Army wins this game outright. Also like Rod Carey’s former team, Northern Illinois, covering the 4.5 against visiting Ball State, Maryland covering the 13.5 at Rutgers, Navy getting the 3 against Air Force and Western Kentucky covering the 3.5 at Old Dominion. With Cincy beating UCF last night, we are now 18-5 for the season and 14-9 against the spread.
Monday: Fizzy’s Corner