Looking for a Wake Forest vs. Temple preview ahead of their matchup in the Military Bowl? Stick around. We’ve got all of the pre-game analysis before the big game.
Tuesday, Dec. 27, the Wake Forest Demon Deacons take on the Temple Owls in the Military Bowl. The game, to be played at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, is slated for a 3:30 p.m. ET start time and will be broadcast on ESPN. Read on for our Wake Forest vs. Temple preview.
According to ESPN’s matchup predictor, which is based on its Football Power Index, Temple wins the matchup between the two teams 69.7% of the time. The spread, via OddsShark, has the Owls favored as well.
Spread: Temple -12.5
Game Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
Wake Forest vs. Temple preview:
Wake Forest (6-6) ended the regular season on a three-game losing streak after falling to Boston College in the final week. Temple (10-3) won the AAC Championship over Navy 34-10 capping off a strong season for the Owls.
Temple won seven straight games to close out its regular season after falling on the road at Memphis on Oct. 6. Temple out gained Navy 388 yards to 306 yards and also forced three turnovers. Quarterback Phillip Walker ended the regular season with 2,899 yards and 20 touchdowns for the Owls.
Wake Forest held Boston College to just 167 yards in its regular season finale, but three turnovers hurt the Demon Deacons' efforts. Justin Wofford threw for 1,591 yards and seven touchdowns while Matt Colburn led the team in rushing with 566 yards on the ground.
This is Wake Forest's first bowl game since its 23-17 loss to Mississippi State in the 2011 Music City Bowl. Temple fell to Toledo 32-17 in the 2015 Boca Raton Bowl.
Wake Forest vs. Temple Prediction:
This could turn into a long day for the Demon Deacons as Temple rolls into the game on a roll while the 'Deacs have been in free-fall for weeks.
Wake Forest's offense ranks 125th in the nation averaging just 307 yards per game. It won't be easy for the Deacons either as Temple's defense allows the third fewest yards per game in FBS with just 276 yards.
Temple rolls in this one.
Temple 37, Wake Forest 13