It’s Homecoming week as the Temple Owls (3-3, 1-2 3rd Place American East) host the UConn Huskies (1-4, 0-3, Last Place ).
TEMPLE – UConn SERIES HISTORY:
The Owls have a comfortable series lead at 12-5, with Temple on a three game win streak. Last season, Temple blanked UConn 21-0. Their last meeting at the Linc saw Temple winning a spot in the first AAC Title game, 27-3.
LAST TIME OUTS:
Temple is coming off what may be looked back upon as a turning point on the 2017 season as they beat the ECU Pirates, by a larger than most predicted, 34-10 margin. It was expected that they would score on the Pirates, but the defense really stood out, keeping ECU’s high scoring offense at bay.
The Huskies kept their last game close early, but eventually fell to the Memphis Tigers, 70-31.
Redshirt SR QB Bryant Shirreffs leads the Huskies offense. This season he has 94 completions in 141 attempts, 295 YPG, 9 TD’s, and 3 Ints. In back to back games against ECU and SMU, he threw for 406 and 408 yds, respectively, becoming the first-ever UConn quarterback to throw for more than 400 yards in two games in a row. Throwing that many yards, he has to spread it around, but his main target is SR Arkeel Newsome, 360 yds, on 18 catches, 1 TD. Overall passing they are the AAC’s best at 325.8 YPG.
The Huskies top RB and leading scorer is redshirt FR Nate Hopkins, who has amassed 246 yds on 53 attempts, and 6 TDs.
Much like ECU, their problem is not so much scoring as keeping the other team from scoring more. They have allowed their opponents 218 points to their 142, especially porous in the 2nd Qtr where they have given up 82 points.
QB Logan Marchi had his first 300 yd game of the season last week as the offense also continued to hone the run game.
October has been a very good month for the Owls as they have a 9-2 record (2015-2017), and in homecoming games they are on a 6 game win streak.
With the threepeat as AAC champions out of the picture, as a 10 point favorite, this is pretty much a must win to keep them in line for a bowl game. They still have 5 games left after this week, but two are against top 25 Navy, and now 2nd place UCF, both undefeated as of this posting. In front of the Cherry and White faithful, I see another dominant defensive performance and the offense continuing to gel, for a 28-13 Temple Owls Win.
TV: ESPNNews PBP Bill Roth, Analyst Christian Ponder
Radio: 97.5 The Fanatic PBP Harry Donahue, Analyst Paul Palmer, Sideline Colin Thompson
Student Radio: WHIP PBP Max Merkin, Analyst Matt Bevenour
Live Stats: www.sidearmstats.com/Temple/football