It’s always fun when the Owls match-up against one of the service academies. There’s something about the old-school triple option that’s so intriguing to watch. As expected, Army is top 10 in rushing yards, averaging 274.8 yards per game. They’ve ran the ball 242 times compared to just 33 pass attempts.
To make the option work, you must have a quarterback that reads the opposing defenses correctly. He must make the right decisions as to who to pitch the ball to. Trent Streelman has done a solid job as the starter. He consistently makes the right decisions with the football.
Head Coach Rich Ellerson has turned the Black Knights program around in his 2nd season. He led the team to 5 wins last year and a near bowl game. Thus far, Army is 3-1 as they eye their first bowl appearance since 1996.
Army has done a great job in protecting the football. They’ve turned it over just three times, and have a +9 turnover margin. Temple has done a great job at stripping and forcing fumbles thus far. Something will have to give on Saturday.
The key to defending the triple option is a disciplined defense. So far, Temple has struggled stopping the run the last two weeks against Uconn and Penn State. Army rushed for 181 yards against the Owls last year.
Temple’s stud running back Bernard Pierce left the game last week with an ankle injury. His status for Saturday is uncertain. The “Bug” Matt Brown has filled in nicely before, I don’t expect that to change.
Last year, Temple scored 14 fourth quarter points to dispatch Army last year 27-13. Temple has won two of the last three meetings against the Black Knights.
PREDICTION- 27-16 TU
Army is greatly improved over last year, but so is Temple. Even without Bernard Pierce, I fully expect Temple to leave West Point with a win.
About the Author
Written by Adrian Fedkiw
I currently work for the Sports Network. It's the best job ever! I am a 2010 graduate of Temple University where I majored in broadcast journalism, I LOVE SPORTS! That's why I am here. I have a vast knowledge and want to share my athletic intelligence with the world. Some people like to spend their time shooting down aliens in Halo; I like to spend my time watching sports, current and old. It's my passion! I got asked one time how I can watch a game over again when I already know the outcome. 5 minutes later, he's watching Happy Gilmore reciting all of the lines from the movie. Hypocrite! As for my favorite sports teams, I've been a lifelong Philadelphia sports fan. My favorite athlete is Allen Iverson. He didn't like practice that much, but when it came to gametime, no one let it all out on the floor like Iverson. He is absolutely beloved in the city of Brotherly Love. For college athletics, obviously I pay close attention to Temple. (Yes, football too) Even before I stepped foot on Temple's campus for the 1st time in 2005, I was a fan. Oh the good old days of John Chaney! Some other tidbits about myself, I love cheesesteaks, I hydrate myself with Welch's Grape Juice and Snapple. I love the HBO show Entourage. Also, when is Kenny Powers making his much anticipated return in Eastbound and Down!