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Temple vs. UCF 11/14/2020 College Football Picks, Prediction, and Preview

The Temple visits UCF on 11/14/2020 at 7:30PM.

Temple and UCF face off in an important game for both teams as every game in this shortened season with limited or no fans in attendance means more. Temple has a record of 1-4 this season. UCF is 4-2 this season. Both have players to meet and know.

Temple Team Defense Preview

Temple has had 58 defensive drives in non-garbage time minutes and they yield 5.52 plays per drive. There is not much to take away here when it comes to how many plays per drive opponents run, but they are a team that falls in the average window when it comes to plays per drive. Temple has shown an inability to stop defenses from converting on 4th Downs and they let opponents get into manageable 3rd Down situations where an RPO may be especially deadly. Passing plays make up 40.31% of their opponents’ play calls.Their opponents favor running the ball as opposed airing it out.

This is a pushover defense. There is not enough push from the Defensive Line and not enough imagination from the Defensive Coordinator to cause chaos in the backfield.Opponent rushing yards attributed to their offensive line this season comes out to 3.23 yards per carry. This defense lets offensive lines have too much control over them on the ground, too much push from the opposing offensive line. This is also a team that is allowing running backs and quarterbacks to get to the second-level in an average fashion. Opponents have shown a relatively average level of explosiveness in the running game, maybe there will be a breakout rushing play against them.

This Defense has had average success disrupting the flow of the opposing offense.. Getting more granual into the front seven and their ability to cause trouble, they are just average in this regard. Temple has shown themselves to be better at stopping the pass than the run this season.

Temple Team Offense Preview

Temple has had 57 total drives this season and they generate 5.84 plays per drive. Temple runs a lot of plays per drive and this could wear an opposing defense down. Temple is an average offense when it comes to staying ahead of the chains, getting into 3rd and Short scenarios, and converting on 3rd and 4th Down. Temple passes the football 54.95% of the time.Temple tends to pass more than other teams.

On first downs, getting ahead of the chains is crucial and running the ball well on first down can get a team there, Temple has done a good job avoiding the negative yardage rushing plays. Based on the Adjusted Line Yards metric, which measures the amount of credit that should be ascribed to the offensive line for a rushing play, they average 2.83 yards per carry. Generally speaking, this is an average offensive line as far as their ability to set up the running game. When it comes to getting to that second level where linebackers have not crashed down on the line of scrimmage, they are getting stopped with ease. The breakout rushing plays are simply not happening, it is a massive reach to expect this team to bust out big rushing plays.

Defenses have had average success disrupting the flow of the Temple Offense. There has been a relatively good job done by this Offensive Line to prevent opposing front sevens from causing problems consistently. Temple is a better passing team than running team this season.

UCF Team Defense Preview

UCF has had 79 total defensive drives this season and they yield 5.06 plays per drive. Relatively speaking, UCF is not a team that allows many plays per drive. This defense either gives up big plays quickly or induces a lot of three-and-outs, we shall find out more. UCF has shown an inability to stop defenses from converting on 4th Downs and they let opponents get into manageable 3rd Down situations where an RPO may be especially deadly. UCF opponents pass the football 50.25% of the time.Opponents typically have some form of run/pass balance against them.

UCF opponents have struggled with running the ball and this defense has crushed the spirits of their opponents with zero or negative yard plays. 4th and Short is not a cake walk against this defense, maybe passing on 4th and Short or having some sort of RPO is the way to go here because if an Offensive Coordinator thinks that they can just line and run a Quarterback Sneak or hand it off to a tailback, they are mistaken. How effective are opposing offensive lines given what we know about their ability to force negative yardage rushing plays? UCF can take credit for holding the offensive line of their opponent to 2.81 yards per carry. Generally speaking, this is an average defense when it comes to how offensive lines control or fail to control them on the ground. This is also a team that is allowing running backs and quarterbacks to get to the second-level in an average fashion. Opponents have shown a relatively average level of explosiveness in the running game, maybe there will be a breakout rushing play against them.

Disruptive plays are a part of the fabric of this team’s defensive effort. Game changing plays that drive Offensive Coordinators and Quarterbacks crazy, they find ways to deliver. Getting more specific, this front seven is a cause of a lot of headaches for offenses. They may be good enough to cause trouble in pass rush with just four rushers!UCF has shown themselves to be better at stopping the pass than the run this season.

UCF Team Offense Preview

UCF has had 79 drives in non-garbage time minutes and they average 6.2 plays per drive. When you are among the best at plays per drive, you are certainly a team that aims to wear down the opposition with a high play count or with long, physical grinding drives that eat up a lot of clock. We need to find out more here when it comes to UCF. UCF has shown a capability to be explosive on first and second down to avoid third downs and has converted well (relatively) on 3rd and 4th Down situations. Passing plays make up 50.82% of their play calls.Relatively speaking, this is a team that favors run/pass balance.

On first downs, getting ahead of the chains is crucial and running the ball well on first down can get a team there, UCF has done a good job avoiding the negative yardage rushing plays. How effective is the offensive line given what we know about their ability to prevent negative yards on rushing plays? More than you think, thanks to the Adjusted Line Yards metric. UCF can take credit for 3.17 yards per carry. This offensive line may be underappreciated, even though the running backs get the attention. The UCF coaching staff really deserves credit for how they prepared this offensive line, but they could be a little bit better! This is also a team that is getting to the second-level in an average fashion. Offensive line and running backs are average in this regard. They are capable of busting out a long run, which is really good when the team has the ball in their own territory.

Defenses have had trouble making big, disruptive plays against UCF this season. There has been a relatively good job done by this Offensive Line to prevent opposing front sevens from causing problems consistently. UCF has shown themselves to be a better running team than passing team this season.

The Temple Roster

The Players to Watch for Temple

Anthony Russo QB 6-4 235

This season, Anthony Russo has put up 863 yards and 9 touchdowns. He has thrown 6 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 135.0thus far this season. Anthony Russo has thrown 6 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Anthony Russo has 26.0 rushing yards, which puts him in the 55.69 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 22.0 times this season, which puts him in the 68.51 percentile. Has he hit paydirt as a runner? He has 2.0 rushing touchdowns this season.

Re’Mahn Davis RB 5-9 210

This season, Re’Mahn Davis has 308 rushing yards on 78 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 1 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, Re’Mahn Davis picked up 62 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 12 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 0 receiving touchdowns this season.

Randle Jones WR 6-0 190

This season, Randle Jones picked up 370 yards. He caught the ball 31 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 2 receiving touchdowns this season.

Dan Archibong DT 6-6 300

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Temple, Dan Archibong has 16 tackles this season. He was able to keep rushers back and penetrate the offensive line with 1 tackles for loss, which puts him in the 62.06 percentile among Defensive Tackles. When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 1 times this season, which put him in the 80.15 percentile among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced 0 fumbles this season.

Arnold Ebiketie DE 6-4 235

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Temple, Arnold Ebiketie has 33 tackles this season. He was able to keep rushers back and penetrate the offensive line with 8 tackles for loss, which puts him in the 98.33 percentile among Defensive Tackles. When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 3 times this season, which put him in the 93.88 percentile among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced 2 fumbles this season.

Amir Tyler S 6-0 195

He is the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Temple, Amir Tyler had 27 tackles which puts him in the 87.16 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 1 tackles for loss last season, which puts him in the 77.36 percentile among Secondary position players. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, last season he was able to take them down 0 times last season. Amir Tyler as a ball hawker was able to pick off 0 passes last season, which puts him in the 40.1 percentile among returning secondary position players last season.

Christian Braswell CB 5-10 178

Considered the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Temple, Christian Braswell had 20 tackles which puts him in the 87.29 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 0 tackles for loss last season, which puts him in the 37.12 percentile among Secondary position players. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, last season he was able to take them down 0 times last season. Christian Braswell as a ball hawker was able to pick off 1 passes last season, which puts him in the 85.08 percentile among returning secondary position players last season.

The UCF Roster

The Players to Watch for UCF

Dillon Gabriel QB 6-0 186

This season, Dillon Gabriel has put up 2506 yards and 21 touchdowns. He has thrown 2 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 169.7thus far this season. Dillon Gabriel has thrown 2 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Dillon Gabriel has 116.0 rushing yards, which puts him in the 85.23 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 49.0 times this season, which puts him in the 88.79 percentile. Has he hit paydirt as a runner? He has 1.0 rushing touchdowns this season.

Greg McCrae RB 5-10 175

This season, Greg McCrae has 496 rushing yards on 89 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 5 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, Greg McCrae picked up 46 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 6 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 0 receiving touchdowns this season.

Marlon Williams WR 6-0 215

This season, Marlon Williams picked up 840 yards. He caught the ball 59 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 6 receiving touchdowns this season.

Randy Charlton DL 6-3 258

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for UCF, Randy Charlton has 18 tackles this season. He was able to keep rushers back and penetrate the offensive line with 4 tackles for loss, which puts him in the 89.2 percentile among Defensive Tackles. When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 2 times this season, which put him in the 85.91 percentile among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced 0 fumbles this season.

Richie Grant DB 6-0 194

He is the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for UCF, Richie Grant had 43 tackles which puts him in the 97.16 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 2 tackles for loss last season, which puts him in the 90.67 percentile among Secondary position players. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, last season he was able to take them down 1 times last season. Richie Grant as a ball hawker was able to pick off 3 passes last season, which puts him in the 99.28 percentile among returning secondary position players last season.

Temple vs. UCF Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: Temple 23 UCF 37

Spread Pick: Temple +26 -105 5Dimes
Moneyline Pick: UCF -1384 SportsInteraction
Total Pick: Under 76.5 -109 Pinnacle Sports