AAC Team Preview: Temple

Hatts previews SMU's AAC foe Temple in the latest Pony Stampede AAC Team Preview.

The Temple Owls got off to a hot 4-1 start last season before faltering with a 2-5 finish. Many are looking at the Owls as a team that could be a dark horse in the AAC if they can maintain their hot start from last season for an entire year. With many of the starters returning, lets take a look at what the team is going to look like this season.


The key to the hot start last season and also the struggles towards the end of the year was directly centered on this offense. After scoring over 20 points in each of their first eight games, the offense did not score more than 14 over the last four games that resulted in three losses. P.J Walker returns this year after throwing 13 touchdowns and 15 interceptions last season. Walker must turn the ball over less this season after he only had 4 games last season without a turnover, to go along with a 4-interception game, as well as, a 3-interception game. The Owls will also have to do without their leading receiver from a year ago Jalen Fitzpatrick who they lost to graduation. With plenty of weapons returning however, this offense will go as far as Walker will take them.


Temple turned the ball over a lot last season but they also forced a lot of turnovers. Overall Temple ranked 24th in the country last season in total defense and allowed just over 185 yards per game passing. The Owls also forced 30 turnovers last year that also played a large role in them only averaging just over 17 points per game. The biggest key for this defense to improve would be to improve a rush defense that allowed just over 160 yards per game. The men to watch out for are Tavon Young who led the team with 4 interceptions and Praise Martin-Oguike who led the defense with 7.5 sacks.

Bottom Line

The bottom line for this team is they are going to be formidable once again on the defensive side of the ball. With the pressure they will be able to put on quarterbacks up front and with Young and company in the backfield, they are going to force a lot of turnovers once again. The key however, will be if this team can take the care of the ball, something they weren’t able to do repeatedly last year. If they can, look for Temple to possibly push up to the 8 or 9 win mark and contend for the AAC title

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