Being a good listener is a real talent and if you listen to these Matt Rhule press conferences, you’ll learn a lot.
The guy, unlike Andy Reid, actually says things that mean something. Unlike Chip Kelly, he is not a smart-ass.
That said, there are a couple of takeaways from this past press conference and that is the Temple Owls have practiced well. Anyone who has played football will tell you that you are more likely to play the way you practice. If that’s the case, the way the Owls practiced this week has been a good sign. Not only did Matt Rhule say they have practiced well, Tyler Matakevich went on Channel 6 on Tuesday and called it a “great practice.” The other takeaway is that several banged-up Owls will return, but valuable center Kyle Friend will be out for “a long, long time.” I take that to mean Dec. 5 or the bowl game.
When the Owls take the field on Saturday (7 p.m., CBS Sports Network) against South Florida, the way they have practiced will mean something. This will represent the first chance Temple has to have a sniff at a title since 1967 (Mid-Atlantic East title) and good practices the six days of the week leading up to game day are how it’s done.
Good practices this week mean that the Owls know what they have done for the 364 days leading up to this one mean. The Owls, not South Florida, are the ones who have YouTube videos showing them sprinting in the snow at the E-O. If you do that, then what exactly is Saturday for?
While South Florida will be a formidable foe, they just are another team in the way for the Owls to accomplish the goal they have set out to do. South Florida has a great team with a great tailback in Marlon Mack, but the Owls have experience stopping a better offensive line with a greater tailback in C.J. Prosise.
Hearing that they have practiced well and focused well does not ensure a win, but it certainly does not hurt.