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Rutgers vs. Temple odds: Rutgers opens as 5.5-point favorite

Rutgers hopes to improve to 7-0 as the Scarlet Knights travel to Philadelphia to face Temple on Saturday

Patrick McDermott

The No. 15 Rutgers Scarlet Knights open as a 5.5 point favorite, according to OddsShark, as they prepare to take on the Temple Owls at Lincoln Financial Field this Saturday (12 p.m. ET, Big East Network).

Last week, the Scarlet Knights improved their record to 6-0 (3-0 Big East) with an 8-point win over the Syracuse Orange in New Jersey. Meanwhile, Temple (3-2, 2-0 Big East) manufactured a 17-14 overtime comeback win over the Connecticut Huskies.

The total for this Saturday's match up is 41.5, with Rutgers averaging 25 points per game and Temple averaging 27 points. Rutgers defense ranks third among FBS schools, allowing just 11.5 points per game and hasn't allowed an opponent to score more than 15 points in its first three conference games this season.

In its first season back in the Big East, Temple will look to announce its presence in the conference with a statement victory over the undefeated Scarlet Knights. The winner of Saturday's contest will stand alone in first place in the Big East standings.