Temple Owls Betting Preview: Game Lines, Win Total, and Conference Futures

Written By Nathan Frederick on September 1, 2021 - Last Updated on September 3, 2021
Temple betting preview 2021

Temple football finished the 2020 season with a 1-6 record. A rough year on North Broad Street caused a number of comings and goings and there are new faces everywhere. Take quarterback, for example. Last year, Anthony Russo was Temple’s leading passer. Now, he’s at Michigan State. And D’Wan Mathis, who played at Georgia last year, is slated to start for the Owls.

The story at running back is similar. Leading rusher Re’Man Davis left for Vanderbilt. Now, a pair of transfers will lead the running game. Iverson Clement from Florida and Ra’Von Bonner from Illinois should be the featured backs in Temple’s offense.

Pennsylvania sports betting apps have low expectations for Temple as they are a projected by oddsmakers as the biggest long shot to win their division and have a low win total.

Rutgers vs. Temple Week 1 betting lines

Temple’s season opener versus Rutgers was rescheduled due to Hurricane Ida. The teams will play at noon on Sept. 4. As of Friday morning, the Rutgers vs. Temple is the most bet Week 1 game at BetMGM.

DraftKings Sportsbook has Rutgers as a 14.5-point favorite in Thursday’s game, which will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network. Temple is +500 on the moneyline, while the Scarlet Knights are -720. The game’s total is set at 52.

Additional wagers are available on quarters and halves as well. Live betting lines should also be posted shortly after kickoff.

Betting stats and info for Temple vs. Rutgers from DraftKings

  • Each of Rutgers’ last nine games against the teams from Pennsylvania have gone UNDER the total points line.
  • The road team has covered the spread in 10 of Rutgers’ last 11 games.
  • Last year’s records: Temple 1-6 overall, 2-5 ATS. Rutgers 3-6 overall 5-4 ATS.

College football Week 1 promos at sportsbooks

The “border war” between Temple and Rutgers is one of 16 games on Thursday night that will help kick off college football Week 1 action.

DraftKings is also offering an incentive alongside the Georgia-Clemson showdown that should  give players some extra cash for the college football season. The “Hammer the Over” promotion currently sits at 21.5 points and will drop even lower every 2,500 bets. The max bet is only $25, but the chances of winning should end up close to a sure thing.

Temple Owls 2021 season win total

Pennsylvania’s sportsbooks are not optimistic about Temple’s prospects this season, a fact underscored by some extremely low totals. Here’s a roundup of the win totals for Temple.


  • Over 2.5 (-159)/Under 2.5 (+125)


  • Over 3 (-110)/Under 3 (-110)


  • Over 2.5 (-180)/Under 2.5 (+155)

Temple Owls football 2021 odds

The Temple Owls are a long shot in all college football futures markets (odds via DraftKings).

  • National Championship: +100000
  • American Conference Title game winner: +20000

Temple Owls 2021 schedule and betting Lines

Betting lines for Temple’s games beyond Week 1 will be available soon. In the meantime, here is the Owls complete schedule to help you plan your wagers.

  • 9/2: at Rutgers, 6:30 p.m.
  • 9/11: at Akron, 3:30 p.m.
  • 9/18: Boston College, 12 p.m.
  • 9/25: Wagner, 12 p.m.
  • 10/2: Memphis, 12 p.m.
  • 10/8: at Cincinnati, 7 p.m.
  • 10/23: at South Florida, TBD
  • 10/30: Central Florida, TBD
  • 11/6: at East Carolina, TBD
  • 11/13: Houston, TBD
  • 11/20 at Tulsa, TBD
  • 11/27: Navy, TBD

Owls defense features both captains

With the first game just a few days away, Temple announced its 2021 captains in a tweet on Tuesday. Defensive lineman Adam Klein and safety Amir Tyler were selected to lead the team.

The offense didn’t produce any captains, but wide receiver Jadan Blue, a former all-conference selection, should be a key contributor on that unit. And Mathis, the transfer quarterback, should play a pivotal role as well.

Complete Week 1 College Football Odds at PA Sportsbooks

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Nathan Frederick is an award-winning writer with more than 1,000 published bylines and two decades of journalism experience. His work has won awards from the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Journalists, the Keystone Press Association, and the Associated Press Sports Editors. He has also authored three books, one of which debuted as an Amazon No. 1 New Release.

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