Friday night’s action on ESPN gives us an AAC matchup between two teams looking to revive their seasons when the Temple Owls travel to Cincinnati to take on the Bearcats.
Under first-year head coach Tommy Tuberville, the Bearcats are searching for any kid of identity. Their season seemed to get off to a somewhat hot start when they routed Purdue 42-7, but then they followed that up with a 45-17 defeat at the hands of Illinois, a game in which they also lost their dynamic starting QB Munchie Legaux. By far, though, their lowest point of the season came when they dropped their first conference game against then-winless South Florida, a team that looked early on as if they’d have trouble competing with a south Florida high school team.
But, for as badly as this season has gone for the Bearcats, it’s gone much worse for their opponent tonight.
Temple, also led by a first-year head coach in Matt Rhule, is 0-5 this year, including losses to Fordham and Idaho. When you’re as far down as Temple is at the moment, you pull out all the stops to try and rectify it all. They’ll do just that tonight when they trot out their third starting QB this season, this time it’ll be in the form of true freshman, dual-threat P.J. Walker.
Odds: Cincinnati -21
Prediction: I fully expected Tommy Tuberville to have a much better impact on this team than he’s displayed so far. Injuries aside, there was no reason for that loss to South Florida. But, given the state this Temple program is in at the moment, this seems to be the perfect time for Tuberville and his troops to bounce back by getting the job done against a team that they very well should be able to handle easily.
Cincinnati 42, Temple 14