Army Opponent Preview: Temple

The 2013 Army season is rapidly approaching. Between now and fall camp ArmySports.com will preview each of the 12 opponents in no particular order. Today we'll look at Temple.

The 2013 Army season is rapidly approaching. Between now and fall camp ArmySports.com will preview each of the 12 opponents in no particular order. Today we'll look at Temple.

Opponent: Temple

2012 record: 4-7

2012 final Sagarin: 63.34 (No. 130)

Game Date: Oct. 19, 2013

Site: Philadelphia, Pa.; Lincoln Financial Field

Last meeting: Temple 63, Army 32 (2012)

Head coach: Matt Rhule 0-0 (first year)

Offensive starters returning: 8

Defensive starters returning: 6

Special teams starters returning: 0

2012 VITAL STATS OFFENSE

Points scored per game: 24.73 (No. 84 in FBS)
Passing yards per game: 120.82 (No. 116 in FBS)
Rushing yards per game: 201.18 (No. 31 in FBS)

2012 VITAL STATS DEFENSE

Points allowed per game: 31.18 (No. 86 in FBS)
Passing yards allowed per game: 237.36 (No. 66 in FBS)
Rushing yards allowed per game: 199.82 (No. 100 in FBS)

OTHER VITAL STATS

Turnover ratio: -.18; Net punting: 40.76, No. 6 in FBS. Sacks: 2.27 per game, No. 45 in FBS.

COMMENTS

Temple has eight offensive starters back from a team that scored 63 points on Army last season. The good news is that running back Montel Harris, who Army had no answer for last season (351 yards and 7 TDs). Harris gave the CFL a try and lasted only 3 days with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats before being cut. The Owls, who are now in the American Athletic Conference, return most of their offensive line and two experienced quarterback in Chris Coyer and Juice Granger. Defensively Temple has six starters back led by senior nose tackle Levi Brown who had 27 tackles (3 1/2 for losses) and two fumble recoveries.

2013 Army Football Schedule
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Aug. 31 Morgan State
Sep. 7 Ball State
Sep. 14 Stanford
Sep. 21 Wake Forest
Sep. 28 Louisiana Tech
Oct. 5 Ball State
Oct. 12 Eastern Michigan
Oct. 19 Temple
Nov. 2 at Air Force
Nov. 9 Western Kentucky
Nov. 30 at Hawai'i
Dec. 14 vs. Navy (Philadelphia)

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