CFB: Temple-UCF preview – Sports Talk Philly: Philadelphia Sports News and Rumors


Through Michel Lipinski, Contributor to Philly Sports Talk

Temple (3-4, 1-2 AAC) returns to The Linc for a conference game against UCF (4-3, 2-2 AAC). The Owls just lost 34-14 on the road to South Florida. The loss marks the fourth time the Owls have lost 20 points or more this season. UCF beat Memphis 24-7 last Friday. The Knights are currently 11-point favorites according to William Hill Sportsbook.

Dated: October 30, 2021

Or: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

When: 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time


Radio: 97.5 The Fanatic

History of the series

Temple and UCF have met six times with the Knights enjoying a four-game winning streak

Last match

2020: UCF defeats Temple 38-13 in Orlando

This game at a glance

UCF’s record is deceptive, the Knights have lost two games by a touchdown or less, 42-35 to Louisville and 34-30 to Navy. The only game the Knights were out of the game was their 56-21 loss to Cincinnati. UCF’s offense is strong, averaging 419.4-YPG with an almost 50-50 split between rushing play and passing play. The Knights are averaging nearly 33 points per game and can score at will.

Temple, well, they can’t.

The Owls haven’t shown the ability to move football or score points consistently this year. Defensively, it’s even worse. The Owls surrendered more than 400 rushing yards last week in modest South Florida. The Owls are averaging 380 yards per game and nearly 34 points per game.

UCF is too explosive for Temple, period. The Owls haven’t shown the ability to slow down many teams and that doesn’t seem to change today. It will be a long day for Temple and another loss of 20 points or more for Cherry and White.

Prediction: UCF 35—14

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