2. KEYS TO THE SEASON
Biggest Key To The Temple Offense
Slow the roll on the turnovers. The offense was bailed out by a defense that took just about everything away, but the mistakes have to stop.
The Owls didn’t get killed when it came to turnover margin – again, thank you, defense – but the O gave it away two times or more in nine games with interceptions the biggest issue. They only went one game without a pick and threw 19 on the year. Only Cal and Rutgers threw more.
Biggest Key To The Temple Defense
Find more plays behind the line. Rod Carey’s Northern Illinois team cranked up 50 sacks and 110 tackles for loss. Even more than that, the Huskies were able to turn up the intensity and change games around when the stars on the outside were turned loose. Temple’s pass rush wasn’t miserable, but it could to more.
The Owls came up with 81 tackles for loss and 36 sacks, but the production disappeared for too many stretches. The D came up with two sacks or fewer in five games, and the team won the five times it generated nine or more tackles for loss.
Key Player To A Successful Season
RB Jager Gardner, Sr.
Or Kyle Dobbins, or Jeremy Jennings, or Tyliek Raynor, or a committee of backs to replace Ryquell Armstead. Selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars, Armstead took off for close to 1,100 yards and 13 touchdowns despite missing three games.
The 6-2, 215-pound Gardner can catch a little bit and has the speed to go along with his size and power. However, he didn’t take over the No. 1 job this offseason, but he’ll get his chance to be the main man in fall camp after running for 253 yards and a score last season.
Key Game To The Temple Season
UCF, Oct. 26
2-4 all-time in the series against the Knights, Temple has to get back over the hump to have a real shot to take the East. USF will be good, Cincinnati will be fantastic, and both of those games are on the road.
Lose to UCF for a third straight season, and that means there’s almost no shot at the AAC title without getting on the right side of the showdown against the league’s defending champ.
– Temple Schedule Breakdown & Analysis
2018 Temple Fun Stats
– Sacks: Temple 36 for 218 yards – Opponents 18 for 106 yards
– Fumbles: Opponents 25 (lost 13) – Temple 14 (lost 6)
– Average Yards Per Pass: Temple 7.4 – Opponents 5.6