1. TEMPLE WIN TOTAL PREDICTION: WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN
It’s going to be a strong team under new head man Rod Carey, but can he pull off big home wins?
The Owls get Maryland and Georgia Tech in Lincoln Financial, and they host UCF in an East showdown and Memphis and Tulane in tough battles against the West. They’re going to have to win at least three of those five games, though.
Overall, the road game isn’t all that bad considering Buffalo is the lone non-conference road game. However, SMU is going to be more dangerous, and that’s on the road. East Carolina is going to have more firepower, and then look out for the road showdowns against USF and Cincinnati.
Temple will be good enough to win several of those tough battles, but there are just enough problems and concerns to …
Set The Regular Season Win Total At … 7
The offense needs to be sharper and more consistent. The line has the upside to be good, the skill players are strong enough, and the offense will be just fine, but it’ll have to be ready to rise up and be a whole lot better.
On the other side, the D will be good enough to keep taking the ball away and be one of the best in the league, but can the pass rush step up and shine against the UCFs and Cincinnatis or the AAC world? Yeah.
Throw in a great kicking game, and this will be one of the AAC’s best teams as the season goes on – even if it comes up just short of taking down the East.