Louisville vs. Temple: Complete Game Preview and Predictions

Jon Hancock@@JonKYSportscoSenior Analyst IOctober 30, 2012

LOUISVILLE, KY - OCTOBER 26: Teddy Bridgewater #5 of the Louisville Cardinals throws a pass during the game against the Cincinnati Bearcats at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on October 26, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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The University of Louisville Cardinals will take on the Temple Owls Saturday at home. Louisville comes in ranked 10th according to the BCS Standings for the first time since September of 2007.

The last time Louisville and Temple played was September 9, 2006. Louisville won 62-0. Temple leads the all-time series 3-2.

Louisville beat in-conference rival Cincinnati in overtime last Friday night 34-31. The Cardinals, although undefeated, still have a lot of work today.

“We’re 8-0,” Charlie Strong said after the Cincinnati game, "but still we can go play so much better. We have yet to put together a 60 minute game.”

Coach Strong said in his press conference Monday via UofLSports.com:

I am very excited about this game this week with Temple. I know Steve Addazia; Steve and I go way back at the University of Florida. He is an outstanding coach and I know he is going to have his team prepared to play and it is going to be a physical football game. We know this; we have to continue to improve on fundamentals, out skills and techniques. We know we still have a long way to go as a football team. What is still great is sitting there undefeated and knowing that you can still really improve.

The Temple Owls comes in after losing to Pittsburgh 47-17 on the road. Temple's very young defense allowed Pittsburgh's offense to gain 528 total yards.

Hurricane Sandy has made it hard for the Temple Owls to prepare for the game Saturday. Coach Addazia said in his Monday press conference via Philly.com, “Preparation-wise, we are absolutely in a flat scramble right now. What we get done, we get done.”



When: Saturday, Nov. 3 at 12:00 p.m. ET.

Where: Papa John's Cardinal Stadium in Louisville, Kentucky.

Watch: ABC

Radio: 840 WHAS in Louisville, KY.

Betting Line: Louisville -15 per VegasInsider.com.

Weather: According to Weather.com, will be in the low 60s with a 40 percent chance of rain in Louisville, KY. Saturday.



Players to watch on Temple

Junior quarterback Chris Coyer has a decent arm and isn't afraid to run. He has thrown for 870 yards and eight touchdowns. He has had some issues this season giving up turnovers. Coyer has thrown three interceptions and several fumbles. He has been sacked 15 times this season.

If Coyer has trouble against the Cardinals there is a chance Clinton Granger will get some reps. Granger is another quarterback that can throw and run.

Senior running back Montel Harris leads the Owls' rushing attack with 464 yards and four touchdowns this season.

Freshman linebacker Tyler Matakevich leads Temple in tackles with 56, including three tackles for loss.



Game Notes

  • Temple averages 23.1 points a game and allows an average of 27.7.

  • Louisville averages 32.6 points a game and allows an average of 23.

  • Temple's defense allows an average of 407.7 yards a game.

  • Louisville running back Senorise Perry has scored eight touchdowns in the past four games.

  • Temple is 26th in the nation in sacks with 2.57 a game.



Keys to a Louisville victory

  • Run the ball effectively. The Cardinals have struggled to find a rhythm running the ball the past two games. Bridgewater has been forced to run the ball more because of the extra pressure.

  • Step up on special teams. With short punts, bad containment on the kick-off team and bad returns, special teams has become the Cardinals biggest weakness.

  • Stop big plays. Louisville is favored to win, but the great equalizer is big plays. Louisville's defense must play smart and their offense must hold on to the ball.



Game Predictions

Louisville has not shown their dominance in the Big East yet this season and needs to prove they can play with any team in the nation.

There is no one on the Temple defense that can stop Teddy Bridgewater. He will have 300 plus yards and a couple long passes for touchdowns.

Louisville's defense will be the star of the game. With the Owls' inability to throw the ball effectively, the Cards will stack the box and will overpower Temple's offensive line.

The Cardinals will blow Temple out.

Louisville will win 42-9


Jon Hancock is a contributor for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all quotes were obtained firsthand.

You can follow Jon on Twitter @JonKYSportsCo


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