College Football Picks – December 27th Bowls Game-By-Game Totals


The bowls action continues on Thursday with another trio of encounters, from the Big Apple all the way to the Deep South with predictions on totals.

Independence Bowl:

Duke (6-6 O/U) vs. Temple (5-6 O/U)

Thursday, Dec. 27, 1:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Independence Stadium – Shreveport, LA

Free NCAAF Pick: Under

Since being 3-3 on totals, Duke has alternated Under’s and Over’s (in that order) in their last half dozen starts. There has not been any rhyme or reason for the outcomes for the Blue Devils. Instead, it has been a mixture of good and or bad offense, with the same true of defense. With the college football odds having dropped to 54 points, Duke fits the nearly perfect profile. The Dukies average 27.2 PPG and allow 27.4 PPG.

Temple is much better offensively than Duke at 35.6 PPG and marginally better on defense at 24.7 PPG, though it should be noted it was against lesser competition than what the Blue Devils faced. In the Owls last three away games, the offense was terrific with the defense vulnerable twice, as the average total scores were 88 PPG.

In spite of this, both teams have UNDER tendencies. Duke is 11-3 UNDER when facing foes that allow 4.5 or fewer yards per game and Temple is 14-4 UNDER after allowing 225 or less total yards in their previous outing. Let’s follow the trail.



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