Written and authored by NCAA Football Expert Analyst Charlie McDougall. Charliessports.com produces it for NCAA Football news and notes. The 2015 Temple Owls Football team returns seventeen starters from a team that went 6-6 in 2014. Head Coach Matt Rhule enters his third season at the Philadelphia Institute with 7-16 record. 2015 could be the season the Owls program will start to turn the corner. The Owls will be contenders for the American Athletic Conference Title. This Sports Handicapper believes the Football program will establish the same prominence as the nationally known Basketball program. Temple plays the 68,532 seas Lincoln Financial Field, also the home of the Philadelphia Eagles.
The 2015 Temple Owls offense success will depend on the efficiency of starting quarterback P.J. Walker (2,317) passing yards last season. The New Jersey native enters his third season as the starter with high expectations. The backfield tandem of Jahad Thomas (384) rushing yards and Jamie Gilmore will also be productive. The Wide Receivers are young, and someone has to step and be the go to guy. Center Kyle Friend anchors and offensive line that returns three others with starting experience. The Temple Owls were 6-6 on College Football ATS Picks last season, going over the betting odds total four times and staying under the betting odds total six.
*The 308.6 yards per game on offense was 120th in NCAA Football.
*The Owls went 3-3 Against The Point Spread at home in 2014.
*Temple was also 3-3 Against The Number on the road.
*The betting odds over total came in twice in “PHILLY”.
*The Owls went over the betting odds over the total four times on the road.
*Temple stayed under the betting odds total four times on the road.
*the Owls passing game averaged 200.7 yards per contest, 88th in the country.
*The Owls put up 23.1 ppg, 100th in College Football.
*The 107.9 per game average on the ground was 119th nationally.
The Temple defense is loaded with ten starters returning. Linebacker Tyler Matakevich (100 tackles his first three seasons) is the leader of the stingy bunch. The defensive line has plenty of experience and depth. The University of North Carolina transfer Greg Webb went through the JUCO ranks and hopes to become eligible this season. Temple has one of the best cornerback tandems in the conference. New Jersey prep standout Kareem Ali will make an instant impact in the secondary.
*the defense allowed the opposition 347.1 yards per game, 24th in College football.
*the pass defense ranked 13th in the FBS giving up 186.9 yards through the air.
*the 17.5 ppg given up by the unit was 4th in all of College Football.
*the rush defense allowed opponents 160.2 yards per contest on the ground, 54th nationally.
*Temple has out of Conference home dates with in-state rivals Penn State and nationally known Notre Dame.
Bovada lists Temple at over and under 7 wins in 2015.