By Harry Allison
Temple is facing a crossroads game this Saturday when the 2-2 Owls take on Boston College and their former boss Steve Addazio.
After losing the Villanova and Buffalo, they beat Maryland the Tulsa:
Temple at Boston College
Kickoff: Saturday, Sept. 29 at 12 p.m. ET
Spread: Boston College -14
After three encouraging games to start the season, Boston College hit a few speed bumps on the road last weekend against Purdue. AJ Dillon was limited to just 59 rushing yards, and quarterback Anthony Brown had his worst game of the young season in a 30-13 loss. For Boston College, getting Dillon and Brown back on track will be the focus on offense this week against a Temple defense that ranks 59th in total defense and has held each of its last two opponents and three of four opponents to fewer than 20 points this season.
The Owls enter their road game at Boston College with the nation’s 106th-ranked rushing offense. With just 517 rushing yards and an average of 3.72 yards per carry, Temple could have a difficult time doing much on the ground against a Boston College defense that is stiff, although the Eagles rank just 71st against the run. Armstead is coming off three consecutive 100-yard rushing performances, and Temple needs him to pick up some hard-earned yards to give the Owls a shot.
Boston College is in some good company among the nation’s sack leaders. BC has amassed 16 sacks, tied for second nationally (behind Oklahoma State) with Clemson and Alabama, and one ahead of Ohio State and… Temple. Wyatt Ray leads Boston College with 5.5 sacks and should be a problem for the Owls.
Temple’s offensive line will have its hands full in trying to slow down Ray and Boston College up front, but the Owls have allowed only three sacks this season so far. Boston College has allowed six this season.
Boston College saw its bubble burst a bit last week after a 3-0 start. Purdue was hungry after three tight losses, and Boston College was the sacrificial lamb against a starving Boilermaker squad. The Eagles were taken out of their game last week, but now that they’re back at home, they should return to the form they showed at the start of the season. AJ Dillon and Anthony Brown will have much more success this week against the Owls than they had at Purdue. Temple could hang around for a while, but Boston College will deliver a knockout punch in the second half.