Temple over EAST CAROLINA by 3
It would be strange to see the Owls – a team that is the epitome of a ‘leaking oil’ favorite, having lost the stats in ALL five games this season – showing up as road chalk were it not for the fact that East Carolina HC Scottie Montgomery is probably in every mall in Greenville interviewing defensive coordinators (and maybe passing out a few resumes of his own). Even Ripley didn’t believe it when we told him that the ECU’s stopunit has allowed at least one 70-yard play in every game this season, not to mention 34 or more points in nine straight contests. However, there may be a light at the end of the tunnel. Even though USF scored on 10 of its 12 possessions with their starting offense on the field, the 575 yards gained by the Bulls last week was the FEWEST surrendered by the Pirates this season. That was a lame attempt at sarcasm – as is the fact that someone has to assume the favorite moniker in this meaningless AAC East tilt. It may as well be the Owls as they’ve won 10 of their last 18 road games. Thus, we’ll say this one is for the Birds (from a SU standpoint) and pass. We suggest you follow suit.