2007 Army look ahead: Temple

Now this is the type of scheduling that could return the Army football program back to prominence. After the ACC shuffle, tough road games at Boston College and Wake Forest, the Black Knights return home on Sept. 29 against hapless Temple. One of the few programs in the nation held in lower regard than Army.

This is a must win for the Black Knights, period! Let's hope the Black Knights can down Temple. Here is a look at Game No. 5: Temple. Temple is led on offense by sophomore quarterback Vaughn Charlton, a product of Chester, Pa. located outside Philadelphia. Charlton was regarded as a sleeper coming out of high school, but Ole Miss did show interest. Charlton shined in Temple's spring game, completing Charlton had no such problems, completing 19 of 30 passes for 212 yards and a touchdown. He directed four impressive drives, including the game-winning two-minute drill. Charlton was 8 of 10 for 145 yards on third down pass attempts.

Temple lost two of its best players on offense, RB Tim Brown and WR Mike Holley, but the Owls have two up-and-coming wide receivers in Domerio Hamilton and Travis Shelton. The pair combined for 10 catches and 149 yards in Temple's spring game. Jason Harper takes over for Brown. Temple may have a long way to go, but the Owls have themselves a pretty good coach in Al Golden. Golden, 37, was named Temple's coach in December of 2005, becoming the second-youngest head coach in NCAA history. He worked the previous five years as the University of Virginia's defensive coordinator. Temple went 1-11 last season, beating Bowling Green. Golden played tight end for Penn State (1987-91). Golden is trying to rebuild a program that has been dead for decades. Coach Jerry Berndt led the Owls to their last winning season in 1990 (7-4). Temple joined the Big East in '91 and fell into a downward spiral. The Owls couldn't compete in the league.

During 14 years in the Big East, Temple won three games once (1997) and went winless six times. The Owls left the Big East with a 14-80 record. Berndt was 11-33 as a coach. He was followed by Ron Dickerson (8-47 from 1993-97) and Bobby Wallace (19-71 from 1998-2005). Temple went 0-11 in Wallaces's last season.

And you think Army has it bad?

More on Temple, the Owls ranked dead last in the nation in rushing defense last year. So, Army running backs, get ready to run.

Bottom line, Temple may be better this year, but not much better. This is a game Army has to have. Good luck, Black Knights!

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