Temple-Tulane preview

It’s come down to this for the Temple football team One game to become bowl eligible. The Owls, coming off a 2-10 season, can achieve the feat with a victory at Tulane on Saturday night, finding their way into college football’s postseason hours before bids are handed out Sunday.

It’s come down to this for the Temple football team.

One game to become bowl eligible.

The Owls, coming off a 2-10 season, can achieve the feat with a victory at Tulane on Saturday night, finding their way into college football’s postseason hours before bids are handed out Sunday.

Temple will be trying for the fourth time to earn the sixth win necessary to claim a bowl spot. They are 5-6 after starting the season 5-3 and upsetting nationally-ranked East Carolina.

The Owls lost three tough games to Memphis, Penn State and Cincinnati – all bowl teams - in trying to secure the spot. Tulane is just 3-8 with two straight losses, though did win 31-24 at Houston – where the Owls struggled.

The Green Wave hasn’t lost three straight games all season, winning all three times it has lost two in a row.

The Owls’ offense has been the culprit the last few weeks, scoring just 32 points in the three-game losing streak. But similar to its last win – the 20-10 victory over East Carolina on a soggy day – coach Matt Rhule believes his defense will carry the day as long as the offense doesn’t give up points and field position with turnovers.

“We’re not scoring a lot of points, but as long as we aren’t doing really bad things an turning the ball over … This is what we are right now,” said Temple coach Matt Rhule. “We have one more game to have them score 14-21 points and have our defense play well and win the football game.”

While the frustrations of the recent skid and the win-or-go-home home nature of this game could put some added pressure on the Owls, they say they’re not feeling it.

“We got one game, just one game,” said sophomore quarterback P.J. Walker. “We just have to get this game. Everybody’s ready to go.”

Added senior defensive back Anthony Robey: “I’m sure we’re all going to be focused. We just have to get this last one.”

Senior wide receiver Jalen Fitzpatrick said it would be important for the Owls going forward to establish themselves with a bowl bid this year.

“It would be great not just for the seniors, but for the whole team, so they know what to do going forward to win a championship, it will be great,” said Fitzpatrick.

Rhule said he’s confident in getting that sixth win.

“I want to go to a bowl game, that’s one of the stalwarts of what we need to get done,” said Rhule. “So I’m planning on it. If we don’t, I’ll be disappointed.”

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