You’ve Read This Far, So You Get Three Honest Thoughts On The Walk-On’s Independence Bowl
– Duke had better win this. No offense – okay, some offense – but the American Athletic team with an interim head coach shouldn’t be beating the ACC squad in a bowl game. With the way Duke clunked over the second half of the season – losing four of the last six games and bombing its last two tests – this is a bit of a season-saver. The Blue Devils have won their last two bowl games after losing five straight.
– Temple has been playing football for real since 1930 – highlighted that year with a 28-2 win over Scranton. This is just the eighth bowl appearance, and just the sixth since going to the Garden State Bowl in 1979. Ed Foley was the interim head man for the 2016 Military Bowl against Wake Forest, and while the team played well, it was a 34-26 loss.
– It’s an interesting, quirky-timed Thursday game. It’ll be in the early afternoon with Temple getting a shot at showing off on a decent stage with Miami and Wisconsin going at it in the Pinstripe right after this, and Baylor and Vanderbilt waiting in the wings for the nightcap in the Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas. This is one of just two FBS vs. FCS bowl games – Cincinnati vs. Virginia Tech in the Military – is the only other one before UCF battles with LSU in the PlayStation Fiesta.
Super. So Who’s Going To Win The Walk-On’s Independence Bowl?
It’s a dangerous game for Duke. Temple has the offense to crank up the production right away and make the Blue Devils press, but if most of the parts are healthy, the Duke D should hold up just fine. David Cutcliffe’s team will find its groove again after taking the final two weeks of the season off, getting the offense going in a bit of an offensive battle.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Duke 34, Temple 24
Line: Temple -4.5, o/u: 55
ATS Confidence: 4
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0: Watching ball drop … and then trying to get into the bar
Must See Rating: 3
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