Temple Preview 2006
Temple Owls
Posted Aug 7, 2006

Reset button pushed. Last year never happened. In fact, the last 15 years didn't exist. The program has averaged two wins a year since 1990, which was the last winning season and the only one in 19 years, bottoming out with a magnum opus of ineptitude in last season's stunning clunker.

Offense | Defense | Depth Chart | Further Analysis

Chalk up 2005 to a perfect convergence of a coaching staff at the end of its run, a program desperately needing some love after being unceremoniously dumped by a Big East that would rather have South Florida and Cincinnati as members, academic issues among several players, and bad, bad, bad football.

So let's wipe the slate clean. We know the first year of the Al Golden era has to start out better than the last campaign of Bobby Wallace when it was outscored by an average of 45.3 to 9.7 per game and was one of the most inept teams in the history of college football in every phase possible. How bad was the offense? It scored seven points or fewer in six games with a high scoring game of 17.

Head coach: Al Golden
1st year
Returning Lettermen:
Off 19, Def 20, ST 4
Lettermen Lost: 31
Ten Best Owl Players
1. S Chris Page, Sr.
2. OT Elliot Seifert, Sr.
3. DE Devin Tyler, RFr.
4. OG Tariq Sanders, Sr.
5. C Alex Derenthal, Soph.
6. RB Tim Brown, Sr.
7. NT Terrance Knighton, Soph.
8. RB Jason Harper, Fr.
9. WR Bruce Francis, Soph.
10. LB Keith Holt, Soph.

2006 Schedule
CFN Prediction: coming

8/31 at Buffalo
9/9 Louisville
9/16 at Minnesota
9/23 at Western Michigan
9/30 at Vanderbilt
10/7 Kent State
10/12 vs. Clemson
10/21 at Northern Illinois
10/28 Bowling Green
11/4 Central Michigan
11/11 at Penn State
11/18 at Navy

2005 Schedule
CFN Prediction: 1-10
2005 Results:
Preview 2005 predicted wins

9/1 at Arizona State L 63-16
9/10 at Wisconsin L 65-0
9/17 Toledo L 42-17
9/24 Western Mich L 19-16
10/1 at Bowling Green L 70-7
10/8 Maryland L 38-7
10/15 Miami L 34-3
10/22 at Clemson L 37-7
10/29 Miami Univ. L 41-14
11/5 at Virginia L 51-3
11/19 at Navy L 38-17

Like all new coaching staffs and new eras, Golden and his young group comes in bringing a new energy with big ideas and bigger dreams. Give Golden this; he's not afraid to take on a challenge. His first goal is the change the mindset of Temple football taking this city college that has no interest in football and coming up with something to get excited about before becoming a full blown member of the MAC.

Greg Schiano tried to turn around Rutgers by saying he could recruit the talent-rich states and would put together a tough defense. Northwestern went from the bottom to a competitor with the first wave of the spread offense. It is possible to turn things around even in the darkest of places, and step two will be to show that it can be decent
against MAC teams. Step one will simply to be more competitive and forget about everything that happened in the past. This is truly a program that's wiping the slate clean.

The Schedule: It's not awful. There are four don't-even-think-about-it games against Louisville, at Minnesota, Clemson and at Penn State, but there's no reason the Owls can't put up a fight against the other eight teams on the slate. A win at Buffalo to open the season would do wonders for a team that desperately needs a little bit of confidence. A loss likely means an 0-5 start before a home game against Kent State that'll be a must-win with Clemson, at Northern Illinois, and the program's main demon lately, Bowling Green, coming up. 

Best Offensive Player: Senior OT Elliot Seifert. RB Tim Brown will be the main focus of the offense early on and WR Bruce Francis should grow into the team's most dangerous receiver, but the line has the beef and the potential for the biggest improvement. Center Alex Derenthal is a good one, guard Tariq Sanders is back from injury, and the 6-7, 300-pound Seifert should turn out to be the best of the veteran front five.

Best Defensive Player: Senior S Chris Page. The senior corner will move to safety now that top tackler Garrett Schultz is no longer with the team. Page has the speed, but he's only 5-10 and 175 pounds and needs to prove he can be a big hitter.

Key player to a successful season: Quarterbacks Colin Clancy, Shane Kelly, and/or Jarrett Dunston. The three are young and relatively inexperienced, so there's time to mold them into what the coaching staff wants. In a perfect world, one steps up and becomes the starter to build the offense around learning the ins and outs of the offense this year before hitting the ground running when 2007 rolls around.

The season will be a success if ... Temple wins three games and plays better against the big boys. It'll take a major upset or three to pull this off considering the overall talent level isn't quite up to par, but there's no reason the team can hang around with Buffalo, Kent State, Western Michigan or Central Michigan. A measure of success would also be not getting bombed by teams like Bowling Green and Northern Illinois.

Key game: August 31st at Buffalo. While beating the Bulls wouldn't make much of a blip on the national scale, it would break the 12-game losing streak and end all speculation about when the next win might come. The team needs to learn how to win and nothing would end memories of last year faster than getting out of the gate with a victory.

2005 Fun Stats: 
- First quarter scoring: Opponents 135 - Temple 27
- Touchdowns passes: Opponents 29 - Temple 4
- Punts: Temple 76 for 2,742 yards - Opponents 25 for 987 yards

The Last Time Temple…
…played in a bowl game…1979 (Garden State Bowl vs. Cal)
…missed a bowl game…2005
…pitched a shutout…1992 (Boston University)
…was shutout…2005 (Wisconsin)
…scored 50 points…2001 (UConn)
…went undefeated…1907
…won a conference title…1967 (Middle Atlantic)
…had a 3,000-yard passer…never
…had a 1,000-yard rusher…2002 (Tanardo Sharps)
…had a 1,000-yard receiver…never
…had a first-round draft choice…1987 (RB Paul Palmer)

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