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Week 4 - Temple at Penn State

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Posted Sep 19, 2012


Week 4 CFN Fearless Prediction – Temple at Penn State

Temple (1-1) at Penn State (1-2) Sept. 22, 3:30, ESPN2

Here’s The Deal: Is this the year that Temple finally breaks through against in-state foe Penn State? The Owls haven’t defeated the Nittany Lions since 1941, squandering leads in each of the last two seasons. However, big brother isn’t nearly as intimidating as it once was, adapting to life with a new head coach and a swath of NCAA sanctions that have had a direct impact on the roster. Penn State did break into the win column for rookie head coach Bill O’Brien, disposing of Navy in Happy Valley, 34-7, for a victory of great psychological importance. Temple has had an extra week to get over its loss to Maryland, a terrible first-half effort that doomed its pursuit of a 2-0 start. The Owls have gotten an earful from Steve Addazio and his assistants during practice, not as if his kids need any extra motivation for a trip to State College.

Why Temple Might Win: With two weeks to prepare, the Owls feel as if they can trip up a mediocre Penn State offense. The Nittany Lions rank 98th nationally in scoring, despite facing middling defenses from Ohio, Virginia and Navy. QB Matt McGloin had a career day versus the Mids, but has only average arm strength, a so-so line and no proven feature back. While rebuilt from a year ago, the Temple defense is athletic, well-coached and aggressive by its nature. DE John Youboty and LB Olaniyi Adewole are two of the new faces that’ll look to flush McGloin from the pocket.

Why Penn State Might Win: QB Chris Coyer and RB Matt Brown are the cornerstones of a very good Temple ground game. But how effective will the Owls be without the threat of a passing attack? The Lions are allowing just 16 points a game, and just got done blanking Navy for the first 50 minutes. It’s never easy grinding out yards on a team whose strength is up the middle. Penn State is rugged up the middle, with Jordan Hill and DaQuan Jones at tackle, and Gerald Hodges, Michael Mauti and Glenn Carson at linebacker. If the Lions can take the legs of Coyer and Brown out of the game, Temple might not reach the teens on the scoreboard.

What To Watch Out For: McGloin was brilliant last Saturday, throwing four touchdowns

What Will Happen:

CFN Prediction: Penn State 38 … Temple 10
ATS Consultants Line (Click for more lines and picks) Penn State -7.5 O/U: 53.5
Must Watch Rating (5 – Ray Lewis: A Football Life, 1 – Frankenweenie): 2