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Temple and Penn State’s 2013 Over/Under Win Totals

Jul 30, 2013, 1:15 PM EDT


Temple: 4.5
Penn State: 8.5

Those according to the fine people at OddsShark.

We bring this up today (Tuesday), because we’re now less than one month away from college football season, and because the first-ever American Athletic Conference preseason conference poll was just released. Listed below are the results of the media poll along with each team’s O/U (again, via OddsShark) in parentheses:

1.    Louisville (10.5)
2.    Cincinnati (9.5)
3.    Rutgers (6.5)
4.    UCF (8.5)
5.    USF (5.5)
6.    Houston (5.5)
7.    UConn (5.5)
8.    SMU (5.5)
9.    Temple (4.5)
10.  Memphis (4.5)

Man, that 5.5 number is pretty popular isn’t it? As for the Owls’ 4.5, here’s a look at their 2013 schedule to see if you’re interested in the (-170) under or the (+130) over:

  • Aug. 31, at Notre Dame
  • Sept. 7, vs. HOUSTON
  • Sept. 14, vs. FORDHAM
  • Sept. 21, BYE
  • Sept. 28, at Idaho
  • Oct. 5, vs. LOUISVILLE
  • Oct. 11, at Cincinnati (ESPN/ESPN 2)
  • Oct. 19, vs. ARMY
  • Oct. 26, at SMU
  • Nov. 2, at Rutgers
  • Nov. 9, BYE
  • Nov. 16, vs. UCF
  • Nov. 23, vs. UConn
  • Nov. 30, at Memphis

Fordham, Idaho, Army and Memphis are likely wins, meaning the Owls would need to pull out just one other game — at home against Houston or UConn? on the road at SMU? — to get to five.

As for the Nittany Lions, the Big Ten poll, released last week, is below, also with O/Us:

Leaders Division
1.   Ohio State (11.5)
2.   Wisconsin (8.5)
3.   Penn State (8.5)
4.   Indiana (5.5)
5.   Purdue (5.5)
6.   Illinois (3.5)

Legends Division
1.   Michigan (9.5)
2.   Nebraska (9.5)
3.   Michigan State (8.5)
4.   Northwestern (8.5)
5.   Iowa (5.5)
6.   Minnesota (5.5)

There’s that 5.5 number again, which is code for, “We have no idea what to think about this team and neither do you, so you just tell us if they’re going to be bowl eligible or not.”

The odds for Penn State, by the way, are +150 on the over and -190 on the under. Who likes what?

  1. clyde - Jul 30, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    I will take Owls going over and predict they go to a bowl this yr.

  2. Paul - Jul 30, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    To paraphrase “Mean Girls”

    “Stop trying to make Temple Football as good as Penn State Football, it’s never going to happen.”

    So please stop trying to compare Temple’s football program to Penn State’s football program. One has been a perennial powerhouse in the Big Ten and the other has been a joke of a joke in whatever bullshit conference that happens to sweep them up.

    • Paul - Jul 30, 2013 at 1:57 PM

      Also, any retort that brings up the Jerry Sandusky scandal is a pathetic attempt to deflect attention to the obvious deficiencies of both Temple’s football program and academics when compared to Penn State’s.

      • JJ - Jul 30, 2013 at 2:40 PM

        I can see a football deficiency, but not necessarily an academic deficiency. Temple has world renowned academics — maybe our undergraduate education is less popular, but I would not equate this quality. Temple publishes tons of research and has equivalent graduate programs (if not superior). Medical School and Law Schools are both head and shoulders above Penn State.

        Both are in the upper echelon of Higher Education. And even in spite of PSU and TU’s academic equivalency, I still don’t think it’s fair to claim academic superiority in a discussion on Athletics.

      • sfsu - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:23 AM

        Three things:

        1) The deficiencies of Temple’s football program are obvious; however, they’re less obvious when compared against Penn State’s. Perhaps if Temple employed a child molester for the last 35 years who also knew how to defeat NCAA offenses, Temple would be a better football program.

        2) Academics? Honestly? It’s Penn State, not UPenn. If you’re going to attempt to argue that PSU has a significantly smarter clientele than Temple, then I need to introduce you to the York campus.

        3) Even if you can retort the above two points…PSU is still projected to win 8.5 games, while Temple is at 4.5…so what’s your point, besides the fact you’re needlessly threatened by the fact that the city of Philadelphia is increasingly (and correctly) distancing itself from the wasteland that is central PA?

  3. Paul - Jul 30, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    #46 Penn State, #125 Temple. You sound like a Villanova undergrad when you point to graduate programs.

    • Joe P - Jul 30, 2013 at 9:08 PM

      Man, shut the hell up. It’s asshat comments like these that make people hate on Penn State.

      - Joe, PSU class of 2014

      • sfsu - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:24 AM

        says the time traveler

  4. Tom - Jul 30, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    There has never been a real Rivalry here, I grew up a Temple fan and came to enjoy PSU’s success too. I really don’t understand why fans from both fan bases can’t do the same (much like I do with other Big 5 Basketball schools) except when they play each other

    • Steve - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:58 AM

      As a PSU alum, I agree, however, after the pure awfulness of the Temple fans at the Linc in 2011, I can no longer root for that school in any sport.

      They were some of the most rude, obnoxious and horrible fans I’ve ever seen at an sporting event. Aside from their trashy shirts, they wanted to fight anyone wearing blue and white, it was disgraceful and they fulfilled every bad stereotype of the Philadelphia fan. Of course, this was all before “IT” happened, so I can only imagine how much worse they’re going to be the next time PSU plays in Philly.

  5. psudrozz - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    that 8.5 is brutal. the homer in me says take the over, with upsets over nebraska and michigan.

  6. Nick Menta - Jul 31, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    I don’t know. I thought this post was pretty harmless. But now people are mad at each other over something.


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