Head to head: Army vs. Temple

Next up for Army is the Temple Owls. The Black Knights will be attempting to get their record back to above .500. ArmySports.com compares different critical team areas of Army and Temple and indicates which team has the edge.

ARMY
EDGE
AREA
Temple
EDGE
COMMENTS
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Army rushing offense
vs.
Temple rushing defense
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Even. Army has the nation's No. 8 rated rushing offense, averaging 228 yards per game. The Cadets ran for 222 last week against Vanderbilt. Slotback Patrick Mealy leads Army in rushing, averaging 58.5 yards per game. Quarterback Trent Steelman is not far behind with a 57 yard per game average. Temple has a solid rushing defense and allows only about 90 yards a game, good for 13th best natinally. Linebacker Alex Joseph is the Owl's top run stopper averaging 5.2 tackles a game.  
EVEN  
Army passing offense
vs.
Temple passing defense
EVEN  
Army's passing attack rates last in the FBS averaging only 64 yards per game. Last week Army quarterback Trent Steelman completed 7-of-16 passes for 47 yards and no interceptions against a top 5 rated Vanderbilt passing defense. Although his yardage was limited the Cadets were able to use the pass in several critical situations to keep drives alive. While Temple has a strong run defense they struggle with the pass, allowing over 240 yards per game (93rd in nation). Defensive back Jaiquawn Jarrett has two interceptions this season for the Owls.  
EVEN  
Temple rushing offense
vs.
Army rushing defense
EVEN  
Another even category for the Owls and Cadets. This game matches the No. 40 rushing defense versus the No. 61 rushing offense. Temple's top runner is Bernard Pierce who averages just under 98 yards a game. Army linebackers Stephen Anderson and Andrew Rodriguez pace a tough Army run defense. The duo has combined for 87 tackles already this season and Rodriguez had a game saving forced fumble in Army's overtime win over the Commodores last weekend.  
 
Temple passing offense
vs.
Army passing defense
 
Finally somebody has an edge. Army has the nation's 29th rated passing defense compared to Temple's struggling passing offense which averages only about 185 yards a game good for 86th in the FBS. Ironically, even though Army's passing defense is rated pretty well they are still only only four yards less per game (181) than what the Owl passing attack averages. Junior quarterback Vaughn Charlton has completed 66 of 126 passes for 926 yards, 4 interceptions, and 5 touchdowns this season. Joe Jones is Temple's top receiver with 14 catches. Army's safety Donovan Travis has four interceptions this season.  
EVEN
Special Teams
EVEN  
Army kicker Alex Carlton and Temple's Brandon McManus are both solid kickers who rank in the top 20 nationally in field goals made. Jeff Wathne averages 37 yards per punt for Temple. Army punter Jonathan Bulls averages 40 yards per punt. Owl return men Kee-ayre Griffin and James Nixon are both averaging more than 25 yards a return and Nixon has returned one for a touchdown. Army's Damion Hunter is solid as well averaging 22 yards a return.  
EVEN  
Coaching
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This game matches two solid head coaches. Army's Rich Ellerson is 63-44 in 10 years of coaching. Temple's Al Golden is considered one of the bright young minds in college coaching. He has Temple on the right path and is 13-28 for his career.  
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Intangibles
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Yes, it's a road game for Army but they probably won't be too much crowd support for Temple as the Owls had about 13,000 for each of their last two home games. Both teams will be battling to get another win closer to bowl eligibility.  


PREDICTION: Army 20, Temple 17

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