Amazing how all of Philadelphia is buzzing about a “fake” game involving the Eagles when we are only 19 days away from the first college or pro football game involving a “real” Philadelphia team.
Temple is that team and there are 19 days remaining to shocking the world and getting its chance to beat an SEC team. Has Temple really ever beaten an SEC team? I cannot recall one, maybe Doc Chodoff can.
— Temple Football (@Temple_FB) August 4, 2014
Temple never beat an ACC team before 2011 when the Owls went down to Maryland and won, 38-7, so great things can be done. Temple beat a Big 10 team, Wisconsin, on the road in 1990. Temple beat a PAC-10 team in California in a 1979 bowl game. SEC? Don’t remember. MAC winning teams? Bruce Arians was 5-0 against them.
So here we are 19 days away from showtime and a lot of wide receivers are banged up. Coach Rhule talks about “Matty” and that is Matt Eaton, the true freshman, who seems to be rising above the other true freshman wideouts. Looks like another true freshman, Sean Chandler, has a chance to start at one corner.
Today’s “oh no” moment was to hear that the kicking game was not up to par and that one of the kicks was blocked. Unless 7-footer Devonte Watson has joined the team and is doing the kick blocking, that cannot be good news.
Sad to hear that Jabo Lee is injured again. Would like to see Khalif Herbin now get some snaps at running back. Vanderbilt has no tape on Khalif Herbin and would likely be stunned how elusive he is in the open field. Getting a 5-7 slot receiver the ball in the open field could be more problematic than just handing off to this terrific talent. So scared Herbin is going to be this year’s underused nuclear weapon. Hope coach Rhule proves me wrong.
Temple beating Vanderbilt would finally open some eyes in Philadelphia and at least shed a little bit of the spotlight on 10th and Diamond. Right now, it’s all on the Nova Care Complex.
Hit “mute” before watching this … I can easily envision No. 7 of Temple being Khalif Herbin and doing to Vanderbilt what Tim Brown does here (hopefully, not with the Owls behind 24-0):