Written and authored by Football Expert Analyst Charlie Red McDougall. Charliessports.com produces it for NCAA Football news and notes.
The (1-0) Temple Owls of the American Athletic Conference East Division will make the trip to the “SOUTHWESTERN PART OF THE BUCKEYE STATE”. Temple play’s the (1-0) Cincinnati Bearcats also of the AAC East Division in College Football action. The game is at Nippert Stadium on campus in Cincinnati, Ohio. Kickoff time is at 8:00 PM EST. The Best Sports Handicapper believes the Temple Owls got one of the biggest wins in school history when they beat Penn State 27-10 in Philadelphia. The Temple football program is on the rise. The Cincinnati Bearcats football program has reloaded after losing head coaches to top programs in the past few season’s. The opening betting line has Temple as a seven-point Road Underdog Against The Spread. The betting odds total is 55′-points for Saturday’s game.
The 2015 Temple Owls fell behind 10-0 early last Saturday. The Owls went on to score twenty-seven unanswered points in their victory over “POWERHOUSE” Penn State. The win was just what the football program needed and fans in the “CITY OF BROTHERLY LOVE” are ecstatic. Temple head coach Matt Rhule knows the magnitude the win against Penn State has on their football program. The Owls don’t want to bask in glory, their focus must be on Cincinnati. The Temple defense looked suspect early in the opener but clamped down as the game progressed. Temple has opened the last two season’s with victories over power conference foes. Temple beat Vanderbilt in the 2014 opener. Temple quarterback P.J. Walker threw for 143 yards and no interceptions vs. Penn State. Walker and the offense must play mistake free football at Cincinnati. The New Jersey native is nursing a sore shoulder, but will be ready Saturday. Temple running back Jahad Thomas rushed for (135 yards) on twenty-nine carries and scored two touchdowns. The Temple defense is one of the best in the American Athletic Conference. Ten starters return from last season, which ranked fourth nationally in points allowed last season. The Temple defense must bring the same enthusiasm they exhibited against Penn State. Linebacker Tyler Matakevich is one of the best at his position in College Football. The key to a Temple win is to shut down the prolific Cincinnati passing attack.
The Cincinnati Bearcats won their opener against Alabama A&M. The Bearcats are looking to make it two in a row against Temple. Cincinnati beat Temple last season 14-6 in Philadelphia. The Bearcats stadium underwent a $86 million facelift and the team is one of the favorite to win the AAC title in 2015. Cincinnati quarterback Gunner Kiel is the preseason first team All-Conference selection. The Indiana native threw for 233 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the opener. The Bearcats offense will have their work cut out against a good Temple defense. Head Coach Tommy Tuberville knows his offense must be patient vs. The Temple defense. Running Backs Hosey Williams, Tion Green and Mike Boone must be able to grind out tough yards in the trenches. As good as the Cincinnati offense is, the Bearcats defense only returns five starters from last season. The Bearcats defense must come to play or it could be a long night.
The Road Team is 5-0 Against The Spread the last five meeting between the teams.
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