It’s never fun to lose, and it’s even less fun to lose 49-7, which was the final score in Temple’s tilt against the UCF Knights last week. Temple was in a tough position by the half, with the score already sitting at 21 to nothing. QB D’Wan Mathis had a pretty forgettable game, passing for only 121 yards on 30 attempts.

This Saturday, the Temple Owls are hoping to patch up the holes in a defense that has allowed an average of 35.75 points per game. Temple and the East Carolina Pirates will face off in an American Athletic battle at 3 p.m. ET Saturday at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. East Carolina should still be feeling good after a win, while the Owls will be looking to get back in the win column. More about East Carolina vs Temple Owls are given below.

East Carolina vs Temple Owls

Meanwhile, East Carolina strolled past the South Florida Bulls with points to spare last Thursday, taking the matchup 29-14. East Carolina can attribute much of their success to QB Holton Ahlers, who passed for one TD and 220 yards on 35 attempts in addition to picking up 78 yards on the ground, and RB Rahjai Harris, who rushed for one TD and 100 yards on 22 carries.

The Pirates’ defense was a presence as well, as it collected three interceptions and one fumble. Those interceptions were spread across their defensive unit.

The Owls are the clear underdogs, so they’re hoping it’s the size of the fight that determines this one. Those betting on them against the spread shouldn’t have high expectations for them since the squad is 1-3 ATS when expected to lose.

Temple is now 3-5 while East Carolina sits at 4-4. East Carolina is 2-1 after wins this season, and Temple is 2-2 after losses.


How To Watch


The Pirates are a big 16-point favorite against the Owls, according to the latest college football odds.

The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Pirates as a 15-point favorite.

Over/Under: -108

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Series History

Temple have won five out of their last six games against East Carolina.

  • Nov 21, 2020 – East Carolina 28 vs. Temple 3
  • Oct 03, 2019 – Temple 27 vs. East Carolina 17
  • Oct 06, 2018 – Temple 49 vs. East Carolina 6
  • Oct 07, 2017 – Temple 34 vs. East Carolina 10
  • Nov 26, 2016 – Temple 37 vs. East Carolina 10
    • Oct 22, 2015 – Temple 24 vs. East Carolina 14

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