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Independence Bowl Betting Preview & Picks | Temple vs. Duke

Posted by: Mike Davis
2018 Independence Bowl Betting Preview

There are plenty of Bowl Games to look forward to this week. One such game is this Thursday’s Independence Bowl matchup between Tempe and Duke. Both teams are coming off successful seasons and will be looking to get one final win before calling it a wrap. So what kind of sportsbook options are available to football betting NCAA fans in this Thursday’s game? Let’s check on the Independence Bowl betting lines to see what’s available.

Independence Bowl | Temple vs. Duke – Thursday, December 27th  

When: 1:30 pm ET

Where: Independence Stadium, Shreveport, Louisiana


Stream: Watch ESPN

Football Betting NCAA Odds:

Temple -3½ (EV)54½ (-110)  -165
Duke +3½ (-120)54½ (-110)+145
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Temple Owls     

The Owls fly into this Thursday’s game sporting an 8-4 record. This year Temple posted a rather stellar 7-1 record in American Conference play. This led to a 2nd place ranking in the East Division of the conference, narrowly missing out on the coveted No. 1 seed. Closing the season on a 3-game winning streak, Temple is now ready to add an Independence Bowl title to their resume. Looking over the numbers, it’s clear that Temple has the edge this Thursday. Currently averaging 35.6 points per game, Temple’s offense beats out the 27.3 that Duke’s own delivers. Defensively the Owls also get the edge as they’re giving up 24.7 to the 27.4 that the Blue Devils give up. If those numbers pan out this weekend, Temple should have no problems getting this Independence Bowl victory.

Players to Watch: Anthony Russo (2,335 passing yards, 13 TD, 13 INT), Ryqell Armstead (1,098 rushing yards, 13 TD, 5.2 AVG), and Ventell Bryant (659 receiving yards, 3 TD, 47 REC).

Duke Blue Devils           

The Blue Devils posted a 7-5 record this season, which is right on with the 7-6 record Duke delivered last season. This time around the program faired pitifully in ACC play, posting a 3-5 record in conference play. Naturally this led to a less than respectable 6th place ranking in the Coastal Division of the ACC. Now Duke looks to add one solid highlight to the season by upsetting Temple in this Thursday’s Bowl Game. All things considered Duke doesn’t come in with a whole lot of momentum seeing as how they lost the final two games of the season to Clemson and Wake Forest.

Players to Watch: Daniel Jones (12,251 passing yards, 17 TD, 7 INT), Deon Jackson (806 rushing yards, 7 TD, 5.3 AVG), and TJ Rahming (571 receiving yards, 6 TD, 63 REC).

Independence Bowl Betting Predictions | Temple vs. Duke


  • The TOTAL has gone UNDER in 4 of Temple’s last 6 games
  • Temple is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
  • Temple is 8-2 ATS in its last 10 games
  • The TOTAL has gone UNDER in 15 of Duke’s last 23 games
  • Duke is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
  • Duke is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Independence Bowl Betting Picks | Temple vs. Duke

So which side should mobile betting fans take in this Independence Bowl betting matchup? Ultimately Temple looks like the best pick here. The money line is pretty low giving you ton of value on taking them straight up. Sign up today to make your online betting prediction!

Score Prediction: 42-30 Temple.