This short week brings a short preview as the Temple Owls (2-1, 0-0 AAC East) get their conference schedule started with a tough road game at the #21 AP, #17 Coaches USF Bulls (3-0,0-0).
TEMPLE – USF SERIES HISTORY:
The Owls lead the short series 2-1, including last season’s 46-30 shootout at the Linc on 10/21/16. Even though USF did their thing, scoring quickly almost at will often in the game, it was Temple’s D and some slow and quick scoring by their offense – especially a career night by Ryquell Armstead – that led Temple to the decisive victory.
LAST TIME OUTS:
Temple’s last game was a slow developing, but exciting 29-21 win over the UMass Minutemen at home, while USF won a bit more decisively, 47-23 over Illinois.
. SR QB Quinton Flowers continues to be the main threat for the Bulls. Last week he threw for 280 yds and four tds, connecting on 15 of 27 attempts. Flowers also rushed for 112 yards and a td.
. Their leading rusher, just ahead of Flowers, Darius Tyce has netted 256 yds on 48 carries, 5.3 YPC, 4 TDs, just under 86 YPG.
. The Bulls D is giving up 20.67 PPG, 89.3 YPG rushing, but 323.3 passing.
There has been some grousing online about redshirt SO Logan Marchi‘s play this season, but he is only the third Temple player since 1984, to start a season with at least 100 passes without a ball picked off. His 106 attempts in three games is second behind Walter Washington in 2004, 109 attempts in four games, and ahead of Chester Stewart in 2010, 100 in five.
USF comes into this one having won eight consecutive games. Temple, no matter who the coach has been has had the most trouble with just the kind of dual threat QB that Flowers embodies. It is often hard to tell from early season games because of the quality of the opponents, but it is pretty obvious that USF has improved on defense to match it’s high powered offense. Temple still appears to be a work in progress, especially in the run game and pass defense, despite the 9 sacks last week. Often after a sack, they would give up a big play soon after.
Even the most stepford in me has a hard time believing that the Owls can outscore the almost three TD favorite Bulls. I have to go with USF in this one 31-21.
TV: ESPN PBP Dave Flemming, Analyst Joey Galloway, Analyst Booger McFarland, Sidelines Laura Rutledge
Radio: 610 WTEL PBP Harry Donahue, Analyst Paul Palmer
Live Stats: www.sidearmstats.com/usf/football