Temple Football Might be Cooked, Already

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I had relatively high hopes for Temple Football this season. 8-4? 9-3? I thought we’d see a significant step forward in year two of the Geoff Collins era.

They’ve actually gone in the opposite direction, starting out 0-2 with home losses to Villanova and Buffalo.

Now they head to Maryland to play an unbeaten Terrapins team that knocked off Texas and clobbered Bowling Green on the road. Some of us identified this week three game as a chance for Temple to maybe steal a road win against a power five team dealing with an offseason scandal, but that doesn’t look likely. It looks like the Owls are going to be 0-3 out of the gates.

The offensive shortcomings are disappointing. Temple couldn’t run the ball against Villanova. Frank Nutile threw a pair of interceptions while being outplayed by Zach Bednarcyzk, the FCS quarterback on the other sideline. And the 19-17 scoreline is flattering, made possible by a blocked field goal that was returned 74 yards for a touchdown.

Here’s your story right here:

It was a lot of the same against Buffalo in week two.

Nutile was a bit better, throwing for three touchdowns but also tossing a pair of interceptions and losing a fumble. Ryquell Armstead topped 100 yards on the ground on the strength of a 50 yard run. Kicker Aaron Boumerhi missed a field goal. The defense gave up 36 points at home while spending almost two-thirds of the game on the field and missed three tackles on Buffalo’s game-winning touchdown.

It was a second quarter Hail Mary touchdown toss that again made the game feel closer than it really was:

Nutile has more turnovers than touchdowns this year through the easiest two games of the Temple schedule.

But Collins is sticking with his starting quarterback for week three, telling reporters the following during his midweek availability:

“He’s getting us in the right fronts, the right protections, the right run game,” Collins said. “Just throwing the ball, we had seven drops on Saturday, so that has been a big emphasis this week. When we get the ball on time (and) in the right location, we’ve got to catch the ball.”

“We have complete faith in Frank,” Collins added. “Excited to see him keep getting better every single week.”

Of course they have complete faith. Not sure if they’re ready to hand over the keys to redshirt sophomore Anthony Russo or redshirt freshman Todd Centeio after two games, but:

Collins said that he doesn’t want this to turn into a pity party. Of course not. He praised his team and said they’re looking to get better and blah blah blah. He spent something like nine minutes of his press conference delivering an enthusiastically positive opening statement filled with meandering coach speak.

But the reality is that this team is staring at 0-3 or maybe even 0-5 to start the year.

After Maryland, Temple comes home to play a 1-1 Tulsa team that only lost by a touchdown at Texas. After Tulsa, the Owls go on the road to play Boston College. That’s 1-4 or 0-5. Then you come home to play an ECU team that somehow lost to North Carolina A&T but knocked off UNC.

And that’s the easier part of the conference slate, Tulsa and ECU. The road trips to Navy, Houston, and UCF are in the back-half of the schedule.

If you’re looking for a silver lining here, I guess it can’t be much worse than weeks one and two. And Temple started out slow last year before ripping off a bunch of late wins to become bowl eligible and ultimately finish 7-6.

Take it away, Tyler Slanovec:

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18 Comments

  • Paul Palmer September 12, 2018 at 4:46 pm

    Time for temple to bring in the cuz for a pep talk

    • Temple Tuff Rob E September 12, 2018 at 6:46 pm

      They should let me do the pep talk.

    • Puck Face September 12, 2018 at 7:24 pm

      yeah sure…and after he pushes down 12lb of pork roll and passes out they won’t have anything
      except the Gargano Gas Bag show.

  • Brent Beglin September 12, 2018 at 4:48 pm

    So the question must be asked… Who locally really cares about Temple FB?

    Stands are always reasonably empty.
    Rank and file Philadelphians are either apathetic or indifferent
    TU students go to drink in lots
    Local TU alums truly show no interest

    I am not trying to be cynical or mean

    I am asking a serious question — How many people really care?

    Time’s Yours

  • bust that joke program down to fcs September 12, 2018 at 4:57 pm

    and be done with it already. and stop letting those bums tear up the linc’s turf every other week. carson’s knee will thank you.

    • An Inquiring Mind September 12, 2018 at 7:02 pm

      Right now the Eagles charge Temple 1 million a season for rent. Temple gets 0% of the parking revenue and 0% of the club suite sales. They get a mere 10% of the concession sales. The contract is up this year and rumor has it the Eagles want Temple to sign a 30-year lease, up it to $2 million per year, and have Temple pay $12 million up front. Temple better start building that oncampus stadium!

  • In the know September 12, 2018 at 5:58 pm

    Zac Berman has a fat 9 inch hog. Shoots thick ropes too.

  • Tony Sacca September 12, 2018 at 6:58 pm

    Temple should seriously consider just saving the university $$ and canceling the football program. They are the Cleveland Browns of College football . Loser program

  • comment awaiting approval September 12, 2018 at 7:58 pm

    kinker you have to do post on this dude Murph is interviewing at the phils game. He’s much more exciting than the game

  • Making a serious comment so I won't use one of my many fake usernames September 12, 2018 at 8:36 pm

    A little perspective is in order here, In the span of about 8 years, Temple has gone from a program where it is a flat out miracle if they make a bowl game, regardless of how many bowl games there are, to a program where now it is disappointing if they don’t make a bowl game. They’re never going to be a juggernaut, but that’s progress

  • Joe Pa September 12, 2018 at 10:14 pm

    This site sucks

  • Tony brooks September 13, 2018 at 6:18 am

    Temple’s coach reminds me of a bully highschool gym teacher from an 80’s movie

    • Claig September 13, 2018 at 6:53 am

      Kenny Powers, step in to my office, let’s do some blow.

    • We've Got Bush September 13, 2018 at 6:54 am

      Fun fact, John Goodman was only 32 years old when he played the head football coach in Revenge Of The Nerds

  • Huge Sean brace fan September 13, 2018 at 7:01 am

    Congrats to Sean McDermet and the Bills, you cost your team a game because you didn’t have the balls to start Allen game 1. Pussy.

    • Bob September 13, 2018 at 7:03 am

      You don’t start a rookie qb. Let them learn from the sidelines. Let them learn to be a leader and a good locker room guy.

  • The Dude September 13, 2018 at 11:59 am

    WHY IS NOBODY TALKING DREXEL FOOTBALL UNDEFEATED SINCE 1976 GO DRAGONS

  • Matt September 13, 2018 at 5:33 pm

    I love the passion for Temple Football from Brian Dawkins in that one Tweet

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