“Life doesn’t give you anything. you have to go earn every single thing that you get.” said Temple Owls (1-1, 0-0 AAC) head coach Geoff Collins at his presser this week. He was doing all he could to get his team ready for the UMass Minutemen (0-3, Independent) who come to town this week.
Temple – UMass Series History:
The teams have only faced each other one other time, a 25-23 last second win for the Owls at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass on 9/19/15. The entertaining tilt included a blocked PAT returned for 2 Pts by Temple with 1:20 left, to leave them behind 23-22, and capped of by an Austin Jones FG with 0:12 remaining.
Last Time Outs:
Temple is coming off a closer than it probably should have been win over the #8 FCS Villanova Wildcats 16-13. Much like the UMass game above it took an Aaron Boumerhi (AAC Special Teams player of the week) career-long 49-yard FG with one minute remaining to win it. UMass lost 17-7 to Old Dominion last week, their 3rd loss in a row to start the season.
The Minutemen are led by red-shirt JR Andrew Ford, who has thrown almost 3,500 yds in 14 games at UMass, eighth-most in team history. He was 21 of 32 for 236 yds including a 60-yard TD to JR WR Andy Isabella last week. UMass is a pass heavy team 913/273 rushing – 304.3/91 YPG, but their leading rusher, JR Marquis Young, 148 yds on 45 attempts, 3.3 avg, 4 TDs, is still a threat, especially in the red zone.
On defense they are not great, but well balanced, giving up 640 yds passing and just 10 less rushing. GS Bryton Barr from Camp Hill, PA, and Towson U, leads that D with 32 tackles, 14 unassisted, 1.5 TFL and one sack.
There were twitter reports like the below that FR QB Todd Centio was working with the first team offense, so it will be interesting to see if this is just another Collins gambit, or if redshirt SO QB Logan Marchi‘s job is in jeopardy.
Temple, coming in as a 2 TD favorite, really needs to keep earning the fans trust by continuing to improve the defense, and establishing a much needed run game. As they head into their conference schedule with a game at USF looming after another 6 day work-week, this should be the perfect opponent in front of the Cherry and White to do so. I will stay optimistic this week and say 35-10 Temple.
TV: ESPNU PBP Mike Corey, Analyst Rene Ingoglia
Radio: 97.5 The Fanatic PBP Harry Donahue, Analyst Paul Palmer, Sidelines Harry Mayes
Student Radio: WHIP PBP Max Mirkin, Analyst Matt Bevenour
Live Stats: www.sidearmstats.com/temple/football