Why Walk-On’s Independence Will Win The Temple Bowl
– Temple might have interception issues, but the defense takes the ball away a lot. It’s one of the best in the nation with 28 forced turnovers coming up with two or more seven times and with 12 in the last three games. The defense swarms around the ball, is coached well to go after the strip, and is opportunistic when it’s in the air. Just assume there will be two Duke turnovers. The Blue Devils were dead last in the ACC in takeaways.
– Run, run, and run some more. Ryquell Armstead is the star, but the Owls are able to tear off yards in bunches from several parts, running for 200 yards or more in three of the last four games and scoring two touchdowns or more seven times in the last ten games. The Duke run defense has been non-existent over the back half of the season, allowing 200 yards or more in six of the last seven games.
– This is a quick, balanced, talented Temple offense that likes to move quickly. Most of the time, controlling the ball and the clock have been a problem, but that shouldn’t be any sort of an issue against a Duke team that doesn’t seem to care about the time of possession. The O ranked last in the ACC, controlling the clock for just 27 minutes per game.