The SMU Mustangs (4-2, 2-0 AAC) hit the road looking to keep pace in the AAC standings when they travel to Lincoln Financial Field to take on the Temple Owls (2-5, 0-3 AAC) on Friday. SMU is looking to extend its current winning streak to three games, after notching a 31-10 win over East Carolina last week. Temple will be out to snap a four-game losing streak after suffering a blowout 45-14 loss to North Texas on Oct. 14. Temple quarterback E.J. Warner (concussion) is questionable. These programs last met in 2020 with SMU winning 47-23.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ET at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. The Mustangs are favored by 21 points in the latest SMU vs. Temple odds, while the over/under is 55 points, per the SportsLine consensus. Before making any Temple vs. SMU picks or bets, be sure to check out the college football predictions and betting advice from SportsLine football expert Jimmie Kaylor.
Kaylor is a NFL, college football, and DFS expert for SportsLine, who has covered the NFL and college football for close to a decade as a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. His background as a former college football All-American and NFL player gives him a unique perspective when building his fantasy lineups and locking in his betting picks. He has his finger on the pulse of the college football landscape and has been cashing in big for the last two years.
Kaylor has been red-hot all season, going 24-9-1 on his college football best bets for SportsLine this season so far. Anyone who has followed his picks is way up.
Now, he has set his sights on SMU vs. Temple and just locked in its picks and CFB predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see Kaylor’s picks. Here are several college football odds and betting lines for Temple vs. SMU:
- SMU vs. Temple spread: SMU -21
- SMU vs. Temple over/under: 55 points
- SMU vs. Temple money line: SMU -1467, Temple +838
- TEM: Averages 268.3 passing yard per game.
- SMU: Allows 311.3 total yards per game.
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Why SMU can cover
SMU has distinct advantages on both sides of the ball in this matchup. Defensively, the Mustangs rank as one of the top teams in the AAC and enter this matchup allowing only 311.3 total yards and 17 points per game. SMU held its own against the high-powered offenses of Oklahoma and TCU earlier this season.
Offensively, SMU is balanced and explosive. The Mustangs average 417.2 total yards and 33.3 points per game. Quarterback Preston Stone is developing nicely and has a strong command of the offense. The 6-foot-1 sophomore enters this matchup with 1,467 yards, 14 touchdowns, and five interceptions. He’s also racked up 93 yards and a TD on the ground. See which team to pick at SportsLine.
Why Temple can cover
Temple has home-field advantage in this matchup, and with wind and rain in the forecast, the Philadelphia weather could be a factor. The Owls have been battling injuries all season, but they are hoping to have quarterback E.J. Warner back for Friday. Warner, the son of NFL great Kurt Warner, has thrown for 1,741 yards, 14 touchdowns, and five interceptions this season.
Temple also has a talented duo at running back in Joquez Smith and Darvon Hubbard. Smith has 59 carries for 280 yards and one touchdown, while Hubbard has 222 yards and two touchdowns on 48 carries. If the Owls can get their ground game going early, they can shorten the game and keep things close. See which team to back at SportsLine.
How to make Temple vs. SMU picks
Kaylor has analyzed this matchup from every angle and he’s leaning Under on the point total. He has also discovered a critical X-factor that has him jumping all over one side of the spread. He’s only sharing what it is, and which side to back, at SportsLine.
Who wins SMU vs. Temple on Friday, and which critical X-factor makes one side of the spread a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to see Temple vs. SMU picks, all from the expert who has covered college football for over a decade and is 24-9 on his best bets in 2023, and find out.