Week 8 Ind - Toledo-Navy & Army-Temple

Posted Oct 18, 2013

Week 8 Fearless Prediction & Preview - Toledo at Navy, Army at Temple

USC at Notre Dame | Toledo at Navy, Army at Temple
- Houston at BYU and Rice at New Mexico State

Navy (3-2) at Toledo (3-3) Oct. 19 12:00, ESPNews

Why You Should Give A Hoot: Navy will end up getting to six wins and it'll be off to the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, but it would be nice if there was a little bit of consistency and if the offense could work a little bit better. The same team that shocked Indiana in the opener couldn't muster a thing last week against Duke and came up with just seven points against WKU. Meanwhile, Toledo is entering dangerous territory with games against Bowling Green, NIU and a hot Buffalo still to deal with. At 3-3 and beating the teams it was supposed to, and losing to the ones it was supposed to, this could be a turning point at home.

What Will Happen: The Toledo run defense has been solid so far, but it'll be the running of David Fluellen, who tore up Western Michigan for 220 yards and four scores last week, who'll be the difference. The Rocket offense, not the Navy option attack, will control the game throughout.

Prediction: Toledo 31 … Navy 20
Line: Toledo -7.5 o/u: 55.5:
Must See Rating: (5 Bad Grandpa – 1 Vanilla Ice Goes Amish) … 2
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Army (3-4) at Temple (0-6) Oct. 19, 1:00, ESPN3

Why You Should Give A Hoot: Just eight of the nation's 125 FBS programs have yet to taste victory in 2013. Temple is one of them. The Owls have had a couple of close calls along the way, losing to Fordham and Idaho in consecutive weeks by three points, but continue to fall short. First-year head coach Matt Rhule will spend the second half of the year trying to get a win for his seniors, while getting good looks at the underclassmen as much as possible. Army, on the other hand, can qualify for its first bowl game in three years by winning three of its final five games. The Black Knights will try to build on last week's 50-25 blowout of Eastern Michigan on the Hudson.

Why Army Might Win: No one in the country is running the ball more prolifically than the Black Knights so far this season. They average 352 yards a game on the ground, led by junior Terry Baggett, who exploded for a single-game academy record 304 yards and four touchdowns on only 18 carries last week. Temple's offensive woes will be exacerbated by a methodical Army attack that excels at controlling the clock with long, time-consuming drives.

Why Temple Might Win: If ever the Owl offense was going to locate a pulse, this would be the week to do it. Army has had problems stopping the run as well as the pass this fall, ranking 81st nationally in points allowed. Temple feels as if it's located a little spark in rookie QB P.J. Walker, who, while raw, has a live arm to go along with the ability to break containment and pick up first downs with his feet.

Who To Watch Out For: Instinctive LB Tyler Matakevich, as always, will be everywhere on the field for the Owls. The nation's third-leading tackler should get to double-digits by halftime against run-first Army.

- The Owl secondary must pay at least modest attention to Black Knight WR Xavier Moss as well. The 6-2 deep threat is dangerous on play-action, catching 18 of Army's 38 completions for 263 yards and a touchdown.

What Will Happen: Army is a confident squad, whose execution of the triple-option will be problematic for Temple. Baggett, RB Larry Dixon and QB Angel Santiago will spearhead what the Black Knights hope will be their first of two wins in Philadelphia before the end of the year.

Prediction: Army 34 … Temple 21
Line: Temple -2.5 – O/U: 58.5
Must See Rating: (5 Bad Grandpa – 1 Vanilla Ice Goes Amish) … 1.5
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