Penn State Football 2012: Bold Predictions for the Temple Game

Barry Leonard@@barryleonardjrAnalyst IIISeptember 19, 2012

STATE COLLEGE, PA - SEPTEMBER 15:  Head coach Bill O'Brien of the Penn State Nittany Lions walks off the field after defeating the Navy Midshipmen 34-7 at Beaver Stadium on September 15, 2012 in State College, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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The Nittany Lions finally played a complete game in Week 3 and crushed Navy 34-7. With the Lions showing improvement every week, it's a safe bet that such success will continue in their Week 4 home matchup against in-state rival Temple.

The victory over Navy gave head coach Bill O'Brien his first career win as a college coach.

The Temple Owls head to Beaver Stadium with a record of 1-1 after a Week 1 victory over Villanova and a Week 2 loss to Maryland. The Owls are led on offense by dual-threat quarterback Chris Coyer and a rushing attack that features both Coyer and senior Matt Brown.

Coyer has passed for 239 yards and three touchdowns on the year. He is also the second leading rusher on the team with 133 yards and a touchdown in two games.

After predicting quarterback Matt McGloin's success through the air against Navy and coming close on the score (34-10), it's time to make some bold predictions for the game against Temple. Penn State has not lost to Temple since 1941, but the last few have actually been close games.

Below are three bold predictions for the game and the score.

Bold Prediction 1: Allen Robinson Will Go Over 100 Yards with Two Touchdowns.

 Allen Robinson is the Big Ten's top receiver so far in 2012. He has 322 yards and four touchdowns.  Robinson is coming off a huge Week 3 and will look to repeat that performance against the Owls.

Robinson had five catches for a career-high 136 yards and three touchdowns against Navy.

He was added this week to the Biletnikoff Award watch list. The Biletnikoff Award is given to the top wide receiver in the nation.

Robinson is a legitimate downfield threat and should find some open space in the Temple secondary. The sophomore wide receiver will want to prove that he is the real deal. Another multi-touchdown day will solidify his spot on the Biletnikoff list.

Bold Prediction 2: Matt McGloin Will Throw for 3 Touchdowns (Again).

Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin had a great day against Navy, throwing for 231 yards and four touchdowns.  He again showed that he is comfortable in the pocket and is a perfect fit for the pro-style passing offense implemented by Bill O'Brien this year.

McGloin should continue his recent success with another solid day against the Owls. McGloin will look to spread the ball around to all of his favorite targets. Tight end Kyle Carter, running back Michael Zordich and receiver Alex Kenney could all be recipients of McGloin's passes in Week 4.

Of course, when he wants to go deep, Allen Robinson will be waiting.

With the running game still riddled by injuries, look for the Lions to pass early and often. McGloin will again toss at least three touchdowns and should go over the 250 yard mark against the Owls.

Bold Prediction 3: The Defense Will Force 4 Turnovers for the Third Straight Week.

Though the Penn State defense has had trouble getting off the field on third down late in games, they played a solid game against Navy. Regardless of the yardage given up, the Lions have forced turnovers when needed.

After forcing four turnovers in Week 2 against Virginia, the Lions again got four in Week 3. That game included a 74-yard fumble return for a touchdown by linebacker Mike Hull.

Defensive leaders Michael Mauti and Gerald Hodges will look to make moving the ball rough on the Owls. After allowing just seven points in Week 3, they will look to repeat that outcome.

The Owls should find themselves behind early in this game, which means they may be throwing the ball more than normal. that presents the perfect situation for an opportunistic defense to get after the ball.

Bold Score Prediction: Penn State 31 Temple 14