A year ago at this time, Temple’s short week resulted in a 38-20 loss at Cincinnati.
That was then; this is now.
Temple fans should not be concerned with the short week because this team is a whole lot more mature than last year’s team plus both the Owls and Houston have to deal with the same factors.
Actually, Temple has not done that badly on a short week. Last year, Cincy was the more talented group. The Owls did not have a short week in 2012. In 2011, in their only short week game, the Owls pummeled Kent State, 34-16, just six days after beating Army, 42-14. In 2010, Temple beat Central Michigan, 13-10, in a short week night game at Lincoln Financial Field.
To me, a short week only benefits the team that gets the extra day and Houston had to travel to Memphis on the same day Temple beat Tulsa, so that’s a wash.
To me, what is more important is how well Temple travels. The Owls go into this game an eight-point underdog and the last time the Owls were eight-point underdogs on the road was at Memphis last year and they won, 41-21. Robbie Anderson and Chris Coyer had good games in that one and they are gone, but P.J. Walker and Jamie Gilmore made similar impacts and they are back.
The Owls were 17.5 underdogs at Vanderbilt and won, 37-7. They were 5-point favorites at Uconn and won, 36-10.
They do not seem to play as well at home and hopefully the trend of being more focused and sticking together and playing well on the road will continue. We have one day to find out.
This is a great opportunity for the Owls to showcase themselves because this game will be on in every bar in America. There is nothing to go up against sports-wise, particularly if the San Francisco Giants close the deal on the St. Louis Cardinals tonight. When was the last time a Temple fan never had to ASK for the Temple game to be put on TV?
Good question and it will remain a rhetorical one because I cannot come up with an answer.