Temple is no longer a pushover and they’re not the old Temple team that used to get blown-out game after game. They’ve won a total of 22 games over the last three seasons under coach Al Goldon.
And even though Goldon has moved on to Miami, Florida he left a strong program for new coach Steve Addazio to command.
Temple has a stud running back in Bernard Pierce who put up 297 yards in the first two games and should be able to run and eat some clock up against a questionable Penn State defensive line. In some circles Pierce is considered a Heisman candidate.
The Temple offense does a good job on staying on the field and that gives the defense lots of rest and keeps Temple in games to the end. I expect this game to have the same characteristics with lots of running plays and turnovers playing a major part.
Penn State has questions at the quarterback position.
Against Alabama, the QB tandem of Roy Bolden and Matthew McGloin struggled to combine for 144 yards and went 12-39 passing with an interception. Sooner or later, Coach Pa is going to have to make a decision on one quarterback. As of now, there is no cohesiveness in the offense.
Now we all know Temple is no Alabama but they do have a decent defense. Temple also has a good offensive line with seven starters returning from 2010. Penn State’s pass rush has been a question mark this year and last. And that’s going to be a major factor in this game.
Danny Dee Sawicki believes Temple will be able to control the Penn State offensive and defensive lines and that they should be able to keep this game close. I expect Penn State to win in the end, but in no way cover the 10 points.
Temple +10 is Danny Dee Sawicki’s B1G Pick of the Week
Last Weeks pick: Michigan State -32
Season Record: 1-0-1