A Quick Look Inside the Nest
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Temple Owls
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Posted Nov 23, 2012


The Orange are looking to win back-to-back road games for the first time this season. The Temple Owls are the only thing standing in between them and ending the season strong.

Syracuse is coming off their second road victory of the season, which secured them enough wins to get over .500 for the first time this season as well as become bowl eligible

Temple now stands in their way of staying above .500 along with better possible seeding in the postseason.

Here is a look at the Owls:

Passing attack. Backup quarterback Clinton Granger threw a mere four passes, but showed his ability on the ground, rushing for 85 yards on nine carries, after taking over the starting role from Chris Coyer.

Run game. There is no hiding that the Owls are a run-dominant offense. Harris has four 100-yard rushing games, gaining over 130 yards in three of those four contests. Last week, Harris rushed for 351 yards on 36 carries for an average of almost 10 yards per carry and seven touchdowns.

Harris has averaged at least four yards per carry in every game in which he has had more than 10 carries, and after his performance versus Army, it is safe to say that he will have beyond 10 touches.

Syracuse’s rushing defense has had its highs and lows against the run. They will have to play as they did versus the rushing attacks of Pittsburgh, Rutgers, and UConn to prevent Temple from digging in and getting comfortable, and, thus, opening up their offense.

Overall on offense. More often that not, the Owls’ offense has not been able to overcome their blunders on defense. Once the defensive unit is back on its heels, opponents do not typically have to go pound for pound with Temple.

Against the pass. Temple has registered multiple sacks in seven of their 10 games, so the Syracuse offensive line needs to be prepared for their presence upfront.

In the secondary, the Owls have attained four interceptions this season, with no multiple-interception outings, and have had a four-game drought without a pick.

Temple has allowed more than 200 passing yards to their adversary in seven of their 10 games. In three of those seven contests, they allotted more than 300 yards through the air.

All but two teams achieved a passing touchdown against the Owls, who have allowed six of their opponents to throw for multiple touchdowns.

Against the run. The Owls have allowed their opponent more than 100 rushing yards in nine of their 10 contests; they allotted 89 yards in the other match.

Temple has given up a rushing touchdown in eight of their 10 games, and multiple touchdowns on the ground in six of those eight matches.

Overall on defense. Temple has allowed 24 or more points to be scored against them in eight of their matches, losing six of them. The two games they won were versus a 4-6 opponent (UConn) and a 2-9 foe (Army).

With the defense allowing offense’s to rack up points, Syracuse, led by quarterback Ryan Nassib, should be able to move the chains and advance into the end zone. The Orange have had the talent all season, but players have gotten more comfortable and grown in the game and have the taste of key victories to aid the Orange in being more of a difficult opponent to face at this point in the season.

Prediction: Syracuse closes out strong, winning 34-21.


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