Some of the top ranked teams head into the weekend having a much deserved bye week. This Saturday, Notre Dame takes on the undefeated Temple Owls in a battle of two top 25 ranked teams. Temple is 7-0 this year, 3-0 at home, and they are ranked 21st at this point in the season. Notre Dame is 6-1, and they are currently ranked 9th. Despite being undefeated, and being at home, Temple is a 10.5 point underdog. They are +325 with the money line, and ND is -400. The over/under is at 49.5 points for this game. ND is 6-1 this year against the spread. They are 5-1 as the favorite and 1-1 as the road team.
Temple is 5-2 against the spread this year overall. They are 3-0 as the underdog, and 2-1 as the home team. Kickoff is at 5:00 PM Saturday evening, and the temperature in Philadelphia will be about 59 degrees. The Irish of Notre Dame have an 80.5% chance to win this game according to the ESPN Football Power Index. It should be an interesting matchup because ND is scoring over 38 points per game, while Temple gives up just over 14 points per game. So who will prevail, ND’s offense on the road, or Temples defense at home? I think Notre Dame will pick up the victory and hand the Owls their first loss of the season, which would probably drop them out of the top 25, but I think the Owls hang around for a while and cover the 10.5 point spread.