When the Temple Owls square off against the Maryland Terrapins Saturday, the battle on Lincoln Financial Field (the home of the Philadelphia Eagles) will be worthy of the stage it’s being played on.
Unfortunately for the Terps fans reading this, it won’t end well for their beloved Maryland team.
With a hefty batch of home cooking, Temple will pack the Linc with supporters and beat the Terrapins to prove that the Owls are serious contenders in 2012.
As good as Maryland has been over the years, this will be Temple’s time to shine.
When: Saturday, September 8 at 12 p.m. ET
Where: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA
Watch: ESPN U
Live Stream: Watch ESPN
Radio: WJZ-FM 105.7 in Baltimore, MD
Betting Line (via Covers)
Over/Under: 44.5, Spread: Temple -10.5
With the Temple Owls being heavily favored so early in the season, this has all the makings of a trap game. Maryland only scored seven points in Week 1, so I would feel safe taking the under here, but the spread is too much. I’ll take Maryland and the 10.5 points.
Injury Report (via USA Today)
Montel Harris, RB, Questionable
Isaac Goins, DB, Questionable
Keith Bowers, DL, Questionable
Josh Cary, OL, Questionable
Nick Ferrara, PK, Questionable
A.J. Hendy, DB, Questionable
Brandon Ross, RB, Questionable
Isaiah Ross, DL, Questionable
Matt Robinson, DB, Questionable
Andre Monroe, DL, Out for season
Kenneth Tate, LB, Out until late Sept
C.J. Brown, QB, Out for season
While Maryland’s 2-10 record in the 2011 season has given them a sizable hole to dig out of, it was their Week 1 7-6 victory over William & Mary that has most experts and fans believing that there is no chance for postseason play for the Terrapins.
As for Temple, a solid 9-4 season has their confidence beaming, and their opening-week matchup against Villanova was a success to the tune of 41-10. If Temple can beat Maryland this week and Penn State in Week 4, there is no doubt that they will make the Top-25 in 2012.
Temple Player to Watch: Matt Brown, RB
Temple’s star running back Matt Brown was born in Maryland, but his roots will not hold the senior back when he suits up against the Terps Saturday; this is about more than just wins and losses.
After running the ball 19 times for 145 yards and a touchdown against Villanova, Brown is looking to bring that same power and speed against Maryland in front of the huge home crowd.
If the Terps didn't regret not getting the star to commit to their program before, they will after Saturday.
Maryland Player to Watch: Perry Hills, QB
Maryland is starting a true freshman at quarterback this year, but Perry Hills had a first game to forget, throwing three interceptions in the team’s Week 1 victory.
Hills went 16/24 through the air for 145 yards and had a 66.7 completion percentage. All of those stats are positive signs for the future, but the no touchdowns and three interceptions are where the young star needs major work.
Temple knows this and is ready to attack the QB with everything it has.
Prediction: Temple 24, Maryland 14
Temple has the clear advantage in depth and talent on the field, but to think that the Terrapins would have the same dreadful game again is just wrong.
Maryland’s tough defense will hold the Owls to 24 points, but the offense will fall short.
As much as Perry Hills will improve in his second game as a starter, the grand stage and the tough Temple defense will have Maryland on the wrong side of a loss.
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