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Temple at Army Preview

Posted By Adrian Fedkiw On Sep 30 2010 @ 7:13 pm In Temple | 2 Comments

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.

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