Written and authored by College Football Expert Analyst Charlie Red McDougall. Charliessports.com produces it for Football Betting news and notes.
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This Sports Handicapper believes it’s rebuilding time again at the largest football school in the “CITY OF BROTHERLY LOVE.”
Former University of Florida defensive coordinator Geoff Collins takes over for Matt Ruhle as the head coach of the Temple Owls, Ruhle is now the coach at Baylor.
Collins brings the same defense first mindset to Philadelphia. Temple won its first-ever American Athletic Conference Championship in 2016 with a 34-10 win against Navy.
Collins inherits a couple of good running backs, some speedy receivers, and experience in the secondary.
Temple is now considered a stepping stone job they have lost Al Golden, Steve Addazio, and most recent Ruhle.
Geoff Collins brings a swag that they developed by getting his Florida defenses ready for tough SEC competition, and it’s contagious.
Temple will get a test right out of the gate as they travel to Notre Dame in the season opener.
Villanova, UMass, and Army are also on the nonconference schedule.
A Home date with American Athletic Conference foes Central Florida plus a September road trip to South Florida could determine the East Division Title.
The 2017 Temple Owls offense will be without four-year starter Phillip Walker and talented running back Jahad Thomas.
Sophomore Logan Marchi and junior Frank Nutile are competing for the starting quarterback job.
Former Coastal Carolina offensive coordinator Dave Patenaude assumes the same position at Temple; he did wonders with the offense at his previous school. Marchi and Nutile are in good hands under his leadership.
The Owls were a middle of the pack team in both rushing and passing last season. Junior Running Back Ryquell Armstead has the size and durability to carry the load, especially when the weather turns cold.
Jager Gardner is also capable in the rushing attack and will spell Armstead in the new uptempo offense.
Senior wideouts Keith Kirkwood and Adonis Jennings have size, speed and experience to help out the young quarterbacks in the passing attack.
The key to success for the Temple offense is for the offensive line to be able to pass protect, the two running back can create their holes.
New first-year defensive coordinator Taver Johnson lost eight starters from one of the top defenses in the nation. Including a linebacker in the first round of the NFL draft.
However, there is still talent on the defensive line with sophomore tackle Michael Dogbe and senior defensive end Jacob Martin.
Temple ranked third overall in the nation in both run and passed defense. They allowed opponents just 18.4 points per game last season, eleventh nationally.
Three starters including senior safety Sean Chandler who is a former cornerback.
North Carolina Central transfer Mike Jones is another asset is the secondary and is a dynamic kick and punt returner.
The key to success for the Temple defense is how well they adjust to the new system, but tough tackling is still their greatest asset.
Bovada.Lv lists the Temple Owls at +2,000 to win the 2017 American Athletic Conference Championship.
Free Betting Odds Prediction: The 2017 Temple Owls will go 7-5 and finish third in the American Athletic Conference, East Division.
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