WVU leads the series 21-11. WVU has won the last 10 meetings and 14 of the last 15. The average score of the last 10 games is 31.8 - 13.5 in favor of the Mountaineers. Last year the Owls stayed close to the Mountaineers throughout the game but fell short 29-24 at Franklin Field in Philadelphia. The first meeting between these two teams was in 1932, Temple won 14-13.
Temple player names to try to announce:
DB-Jairo Almonte, DL-Taso Apostolidis, DB-Almonese Boyles, WR-Ikey Chuku, WR-Zamir Abdul-Hakim Cobb, C-Makonnen Fenton, DE-Rafael Fernandez, CB Yazid Jackson, CB-Quintae McLean, K-Cap Poklemba, DE-Akeiff Staples, WR-Shanga Tabb, T-Dave Yovanovits, TE-Chris Pitt (Thought I'd give you an easy one!). Good Luck Tony Caridi!
WVU - Phil Braxton (Foot) Out, Angel Estrada (Leg) Out, Brad Knell (Pinched Nerve) Doubtful, Ken Sandor (Knee/Ankle) Questionable, Jason Brooks (Ankle) Questionable, Rick Sherrod (Knee) Probable, Grant Wiley (Hamstring) Probable, Lew Daniels (Knee) Probable
Temple - No significant injuries.
|WVU 3-6, 1-4
Temple 2-7, 1-5
|Sat. 11/10 1:00 PM|
|Series: WVU 21-11|
|BCS: WVU-72 TU-79|
|Line: WVU -14.5|
|Stats & Trends|
In recent weeks the Mountaineer offense has moved the ball up and down the field but have been unable to punch the ball in the endzone (except for Rutgers game). WVU had success gaining yards against Notre Dame, Miami, and Syracuse but lost all three games mostly due to the inability to get six! Whether Brad Lewis or Rasheed Marshall lead the Blue and Gold into battle on Saturday, the WVU offense will cross the goal line about five times. Avon Cobourne will get his 150 yards and all will be right in Morgantown.
The Temple defense will not do much to slow the Mountaineer "Spot the Ball" offense although the Owl defense has been solid at times. Temple is ranked in the top 35 in total defense and rushing defense but rank 92nd in scoring defense. This could be due to the fact that teams jump out to a big lead on Temple, then shut the offense down so not to run up the score.
WVU defense vs. Temple offense
The Owls are at the bottom of nearly every offensive statistical category in the nation. They have a hard time passing the ball and an even harder time finding running room. The improving Mountaineer defense should be able to stop ever facet of the Temple offense. In Temple's seven losses they have scored a combined 50 points (barely over 1 TD/ game) and are averaging less than 100 yards/game rushing. WVU's defensive line should be able to tie up a few blockers leaving Grant Wiley and Kyle Kayden to feast on the Owls talented running back, Tanardo Sharps and quarterback Mike McGann (3TD's & 9 INT's).
If WVU's special teams would have performed better against Syracuse they might have snuck out of the Carrier Dome with a win, but instead the Mountaineers had a punt blocked deep in it's own territory and lost to the Orangemen. On the other hand, WVU has performed better this year than last and should have the edge over the Owls on special teams.
The Owls have an average kicking game with Cap Poklemba doing the place kicking and Jace Amore doing the punting. Returning kicks for the Owls are Sean Dillard (9.9 yds/punt return) and Makonnen Fenton (20.5 yds/kick return). I expect Fenton will be a busy man on Saturday!
Picks to Click:
On Offense: Avon Cobourne
On Defense: Rick Sherrod
Stat of the week:
In the past seven years, WVU is 24-6 as a home favorite, Temple is 5-13 as a road underdog in the same time frame. In 32 meetings Temple has shutout WVU once, a 6-0 victory in 1946. Temple has not scored over 30 points against WVU since a 38-16 win in 1979.
Surely Temple? Yes! WVU will improve its record to 4-6 this week and will try to spoil Pitt's bowl chances next week. The Mountaineers are improving and if the offense can limit the turnovers the Blue & Gold should have this game wrapped up in the 2nd quarter.
Score: WVU 38 -Temple 3
Other Big East Games
Boston College 52 at Rutgers 7
Syracuse 13 at Miami 24
Virginia Tech 21 at Virginia 17