2016 Military Bowl Prediction, Temple vs. Wake Forest Game Preview, History, Scores

2016 Military Bowl Prediction, Temple vs. Wake Forest Game Preview, History, Scores

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2016 Military Bowl Prediction, Temple vs. Wake Forest Game Preview, History, Scores

Military Bowl Prediction, Temple vs. Wake Forest Game Preview, History, Scores

Three reasons why you should watch the Military Bowl between Temple (10-3) vs. Wake Forest (6-6), why each team might win, honest thoughts, line and prediction.


Date: Tuesday, December 27th
Game Time: 3:30 pm
Venue: Navy-Marine Corps Stadium, Annapolis, MD
Network: ESPN

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The Bowl Matchup Ranking Of Awesomeness (1 best-40 worst): 32 out of 40

Three Reasons Why You Should Watch The Military Bowl

How will Temple show up without Matt Rhule? The Geoff Collins era doesn’t start quite yet, but Ed Foley should be able to keep the fun going for one game – at least that’s the hope for one of the nation’s hottest teams. The Owls come into the game on a seven-game winning streak.

Bowl games are still a big thing for both programs. It’s Wake Forest’s first bowl appearance since 2011 and just the 11th all-time. Temple has been to just five bowls, and just three since winning your 1979 Garden State Bowl over California. Both teams are going care.

If you like defense … here you go. Both teams bring the toughness, both teams are great on the defensive front, and both teams should make this a fight. Temple is third in the nation in total D, while Wake Forest is giving up just 22 points per game. However …

Here’s Why Temple Will Win The Military Bowl

Wake Forest doesn’t like to score. The Demon Deacons are limping into the bowl season, losing five of their last six games and scoring 14 points in fewer in all five of the losses. It all depends on the turnover margin and the defense. If Temple comes out hot like it did against Navy in the American Athletic Conference championship game, this is over in the first quarter.

Just forget about any Demon Deacon downfield passing. The stats aren’t quite fair considering the Owls faced teams that don’t throw in Tulane, East Carolina and Navy, but they’re second in the nation in pass defense allowing just 1,887 yards on the season with 11 scores and ten picks. Wake Forest’s passing game is miserable – the two touchdown passes in the regular season finals against Boston College represented the only multi-TD pass game of the year. It’s all dink-and-dunk.

Wake Forest needs to grind it out. But Temple is fantastic at hanging on to the ball. The defense is good at coming up with third down stops, and the offense is strong at grinding out drives. Temple keeps the ball for almost 34 minutes a game – Wake Forest needs to have it for at least that long.

Here’s Why Wake Forest Will Win The Military Bowl

The coaching change should matter. Coaching changes always matter. The 15 practices of playing time for Temple might be just for this game, with the new coaching staff not being able to do much to evaluate and work on 2017. Bowl games are a distraction enough without the main man and leader not being around.

Wake Forest’s defensive front can’t be disruptive. LB Marquel Lee and DE Duke Ejiofor have lived in opposing backfields, with the Demon Deacons coming up with five sacks in three of the last four games. They’ll generate the pressure that most teams on the back half of the season couldn’t.

The Demon Deacons won’t make a whole slew of mistakes. They don’t commit penalties, they do all the little things right, and they dominate the turnover margin. They didn’t against Boston College to close out the season – with three turnovers – but they’re a +8 on the year and only lost the turnover battle three times. Temple doesn’t have a problem with this, but it’s not going to get a whole slew of easy breaks.

You’ve Read This Far, So You Get Three Honest Thoughts On The Military Bowl

This could be really, really bad if Wake Forest doesn’t come out strong. After everything that’s happened in the WakeyLeak scandal, this is the moment when the program has to show that it can respond in a big way to the controversy. The offense, though, might not be able to do it if it gets down – there’s just no ability whatsoever to make a big comeback. There’s no firepower – the defense has to generate the stops to help out the O. If that doesn’t happen, Temple could roll.

This could be Temple’s greatest season ever. One win would make this an 11-win season for the first time in school history, and a 21-win two-year span. Just think about that for a moment. Temple was 2-10 in 2013 and won four games from 2003 to 2006. This is a big deal.

This game scares me. Temple looked SO good over the second half of the season, and Wake Forest looked SO bad over the second half of the season. It’s hard to imagine how the Demon Deacons are going to pull this off, but bowl games are bowl games – they’re always a curve ball. This is a smart, resilient Wake Forest team, and no matter how you cut it, one team has ACC talent, the other doesn’t.

Super. So Who’s Going To Win The Military Bowl?

Go with what you know, and assume Temple will keep the production rolling.

The defense is getting all the credit – and for good reason – but this is an efficient and effective Owl offense that can do a little of everything right. It doesn’t make the big mistake, and it has a little bit of explosion when needed. Wake Forest hasn’t shown enough of an offensive wrinkle this season to think it can win unless the defense dominates.

Even if the D does take over the game, Temple’s could be even stronger.

Final Score

Temple 26, Wake Forest 16


Temple -13, o/u: 40.5

ATS Confidence: 3
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Military Bowl History, Results

Dec. 28, 2015 Navy 44 Pittsburgh 28
Dec. 27, 2014 Virginia Tech 33 Cincinnati 17
Dec. 27, 2013 Marshall 31 Maryland 20
Dec. 27, 2012 San Jose State 29 Bowling Green 20
Dec. 28, 2011 Toledo 42 Air Force 41
Dec. 29, 2010 Maryland 51 East Carolina 20
Dec. 29, 2009 UCLA 30 Temple 21
12, 20, 2008 Wake Forest 29 Navy 19

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