Syracuse vs. Temple Preview

Temple (1-7, 0-3 Big East) at Syracuse (4-3, 1-2) - The Owls suffered another loss two weeks ago to fellow Big East doormat Rutgers, 30-14. The loss ensures Temple will endure another losing season.

Meanwhile, Syracuse will try to move one step closer to become bowl eligible, though it is coming off a 34-14 loss to Pittsburgh.

Offensive Scouting Report: The Owls offense, much like the rest of the team, has had trouble producing, scoring an anemic 18.9 points a game. But for all of their struggles, receiver Zamir Cobb has been a bright spot. Despite a subpar quarterback, Cobb has caught 54 passes for 668 yards. The Syracuse secondary, who had its problems against Pitt receiver Larry Fitzgerald, will need to shut down Cobb.

Defensive Scouting Report: The numbers speak for themselves. Temple is giving up 31.6 yards a game including 189.9 yards on the ground a game. But much like the offense, the defense has rallied around sophomore linebacker Rian Wallace. He's notched 103 tackles, tops on the Owls. Wallace will be Temple's best hope of stopping Syracuse back Walter Reyes, who comes in averaging 124.7 yards a game.

Notes and Quotes: "I think if you look at something like that, they are a team that beat us last year. You get a chance to beat them this year which is a little extra motivation." - Junior fullback Greg Hanoian on last year's 17-16 loss to Temple. ... Jamel Riddle, who has missed the year with academic issues, is not eligible to play a game this year, unless the Orangemen make a bowl game. ... Tailback Damien Rhodes (ankle) and linebacker Jameel Dumas (knee) are questionable.

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