Duke (7-5) is the underdog against Temple (8-4) at Independence Stadium on Thursday (December 27, 2018, 13:30ET).
The spread was first offered at -4.5 points for Temple. This game will be the end of the Geoff Collins era at Temple, as he’s since moved on to take the Georgia Tech job. Ed Foley will serve as interim HC for this game.
Duke had a weird year. They beat the Big 10 West Champion Northwestern, plus Miami, Baylor, and Georgia Tech, and they’re probably still a little disappointed. Losing 59-7 to Wake Forest will do that. In the plus column, David Cutcliffe got the Blue Devils to another bowl game!
Duke quarterback Daniel Jones completed 59.0% of his attempts this season for 2,251 yards and 17 touchdowns. Deon Jackson gained 1,052 yards from scrimmage and rushed for 7 touchdowns, averaging a good 5.3 yards per carry.
All together, Duke gained 392.6 yards per game and scored 27.2 points per game. The defense allowed 419.4 yards and 27.4 points per game, while Chris Rumph II led the team with 3 sacks this season.
After losing their home opener to Villanova, Temple had a weird season. The Owls only three other losses came at the hands of defending national champions UCF, bizarro world points-scoring Boston College, and Buffalo. They beat Maryland, Navy, Cincinnati, South Florida, and Houston. And then their head coach took the Georgia Tech job.
The Owls offense features quarterback Anthony Russo, who passed for 2,335 yards and 13 TD’s this season. Russo completed 57.9% of his passes, good for a passer rating of 129.1. Ryquell Armstead ran for 806 yards and 13 touchdowns, averaging a commendable 5.2 yards per carry.
Altogether, Temple averaged 420.8 yards per game and 35.6 points. The defense allowed 356.7 yards and 24.7 points per game. Michael Dogbe scored 7 sacks this season.
Tight ends coach Ed Foley will coach this game, with incoming HC Manny Diaz still the defensive coordinator at Miami.
Independence Bowl Betting Advice
Temple’s the better team, but they’re without the head coach (outgoing) or their head coach (incoming). It’s a weird game to bet on, since you’re just betting on Ed Foley’s ability to make the interim job work for one game.