Houston’s program is a lot like Temple’s in that it suffered a misstep last year after running a solid string of seasons before that.
However, the Cougars come to Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday a three-point favorite and it’s really hard to figure out why.
From the Eastern Michigan game in 2009
through the entire 2011 season,
Temple was 16-3 in a span of 19 home games,
one of the best home records
in all of college football.
Maybe it was the Cherry helmets
From the Eastern Michigan game in 2009 through the entire 2011 season, Temple was 16-3 in a span of 19 home games, one of the best home records in all of college football. Maybe it was the Cherry helmets. The Owls need to get that kind of home domination back.
Temple opened up against the Notre Dame, which played in the National Championship game a few months ago, and put up more yards and first downs against the Irish than any team not named Alabama over the last 12 months. Notre Dame played a considerably more impressive schedule than Houston did.
Houston opened this season with a 62-point effort against Southern, one of the worst FCS teams in the nation. Last year, New Mexico opened the season with a 62-point effort against Southern and New Mexico finished the season one of the worst teams in FBS football.
So if you think scoring 62 points against Southern is impressive, think again.
Last year, Houston lost to Texas State, 30-13. That’s right, Texas State, playing its first year of FBS football. Not Texas or Texas A&M or even Texas Christian.
Texas … Freaking … State.
Last year, Temple dropped 62 points of its own on a foe in a game and that was against Army. Yes, the same Army team that beat Boston College. Temple, despite having its worst season in five years, went on the road and beat UConn and UConn went on the road and beat Louisville. Yeah, the same Louisville team that beat Florida. Houston gave up 72 points to SMU and the last time I checked SMU did not play in a BCS bowl last year.
After playing Southern, Houston will likely be shocked
by the size and speed and skill set of Temple.
After playing Notre Dame, Temple will not likely
be shocked by the size and speed
and skill set of Houston.
While transitive property doesn’t mean anything in a one-game comparison, when you lump three or four games together you get a GENERAL idea of where the two programs are.
After playing Southern, Houston will likely be shocked by the size and speed and skill set of Temple. After playing Notre Dame, Temple will not likely be shocked by the size and speed and skill set of Houston.
Notre Dame recruits in a different stratosphere than both Houston and Temple yet the Owls more than held their own on both sides of the line against the Irish.
When the Owls come out of the tunnel on Saturday to the sound of D.J. Khaled’s “All I Do Is Win” you will know that the swag is back at the Linc. The swag won’t mean anything, though, unless players like Sean Daniels, Kamal Johnson, Shahbaz Ahmed and Levi Brown get into the Houston backfield on a regular basis.
If Texas State can get into the Cougars’ backfield, though, so should they.
Texas … Freaking … State.
Houston also lost to Marshall and East Carolina last season. Badly.
Temple has a new coach almost everyone here considers a gigantic upgrade over the last one. Houston has the same coach who suffered all of those embarrassing losses a year ago.
Take the three points because the Owls win this by a touchdown or two.
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Friday: Game Preview
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