Great practices Usually Mean Great Results

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.

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3 thoughts on “Great practices Usually Mean Great Results

  1. Good sign that they have their heads in the game because they will have to play as well as they did against the better teams to win. SFU is a hungry team that has gained confidence from the last couple of games. They played Navy better than Memphis did and lost, in part, because of an ill-timed fumble. Owls realize that if they lose, much of what they have accomplished will be diminished and that their goal of a conference championship will be in reasonable jeopardy. Do not as a fan want to have the Owls have to win next week for them to play in the championship game. Not that a loss next week would be a good thing if they want to get to a New Years day bowl.

    • Temple will beat SFU, and glad we are playing Memphis at home.., Memphis is a great team if they can beat two Top 25 teams on the road in back to back weekends, don’t think they can.., Navy holds all the cards in the AAC West and think the CFP has it right w/Navy…, but would much rather play Houston in the AAC championship game, they need a fast track and good weather, Houston is not a cold weather team whereas Navy is brutal at the edge of Winter.

  2. The quality of temple’s play has mirrored the level of their competition for most of the year. I expect the trend to continue for this game. A back and forth affair with temple pulling away midway through the 4th quarter. Now that Temple is ranked, teams like USF and Uconn will treat the temple game like a playoff game, seeing as a victory over temple may be what gets those teams into a bowl game. Uconn especially, as that could shape up to be the last game of their season or the game the gets them a bowl invite if they win.

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