Temple vs. UCF fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Thursday, November 1
Game Time: 7:30 ET
Venue: Spectrum Stadium, Kalamazoo, MI
Temple (5-3) vs. UCF (7-0) Game Preview
What’s Going To Happen
Yeah, yeah, yeah, everyone is talking about UCF and its chances to get into the College Football Playoff, but it still has a whole lot of work to do.
It has to not only win the American Athletic Conference; it has to win its division. That probably doesn’t happen without taking down a pesky Temple team that’s not only unbeaten in conference play, but it enjoys two things UCF would love to have.
The Owls not only throttled Maryland 35-14 on the road, but they handed Cincinnati its first loss of the season last week in a thriller.
There’s still a whole lot of work to do with Houston up next on the road and USF to follow, but the Owls can make a big statement and take the lead in the East with a win.
And it can ruin UCF’s 20-game winning streak.
The Owl secondary has been a brick wall, going five of its last six games without allowing a touchdown pass, all while giving up just 4.5 yards per throw.
Will it have to face McKenzie Milton, or will it get Darriel Mack?
Milton missed last week’s game against East Carolina with shoulder and ankle injuries, and while he’s been giving it a go in practice, he’s no sure thing. Mack is a bigger, stronger option who ran for 120 yards against the Pirates, but he threw for just 69 yards.
The Owls will have to get ready for either one, but the plan will still be the same. The defensive front needs to get behind the line, the offense has to break up the rhythm the Knights like to get into, and the secondary has to keep being great.
Owl QB Anthony Russo will be good for at least two picks, but the defense will make up for it by holding its own time and again.
The Temple defense will be terrific, Russo will throw just well enough to get by, and freshman Will Mobley will be the one who ends the streak with a game-winning field goal to make the Owls the big story of the early part of the college football weekend.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Temple 34, UCF 31
Line: UCF -10.5, o/u: 61
ATS Confidence out of 5: 1
Must See Rating: 4
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