The Temple Owls (0-4, 0-1 AAC) will host the No. 7 Louisville Cardinals (4-0, 0-0 AAC) at Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday October 5 at noon.
Temple has faced Louisville six times in their history and lost the last three times the teams have faced one another. Last season, the Cardinals trounced the Owls 45-17. The game was close through two quarters until Teddy Bridgewater led Louisville to score 28 unanswered points. Bridgewater also threw for a career best 5 touchdown passes, a feat that he effortlessly repeated in this season’s opener against Ohio.
All odds are against the Owls this weekend. Louisville is favored by over 30 points.
Lets face it, the Owls have lost their last five games at home whereas Louisville is 6-1 in their last seven games on the road. Not to mention Temple’s offensive production is miniscule compared to the Cardinals.
Thus far, Temple’s offense has gained 364 yards per game and has only scored 17.5 points per game. This is not going to cut it against a Louisville Cardinals team who has only let up 6.8 points per game all season. Lets not forget Louisville only allows 3.7 yards per play. If Temple can only muster up 2.5 touchdowns a game when facing unranked teams, they won’t have a chance against one of the top ten teams in the nation.
Louisville may not have the most demanding of schedules, causing their numbers to seem inflated, but the Cardinals have a special quarterback in Teddy Bridgewater. This is a fact shared by many analysts.
Scoring an average of 6 touchdowns and 46.5 points per game, Louisville’s offense has been firing on all cylinders. Bridgewater has thrown for an average of 303.5 yards in an offense that averages 511.5 yards per game.
Ice cubes have a better chance cooling a drink in Hades than Temple has defeating Louisville this weekend. Maybe if Temple could actually score points, they would have a fighting chance. Their defense is not nearly good enough to support a lack luster offense as the Owls yield 26.5 points per game.
Home field advantage is even meaningless in this situation. Expect Temple to have better success on the ground than in the air, since they have a weak quarterback with a fairly small receiving core. Plus Owl running back Kenneth Harper has accounted for sixty percent of the team’s touchdowns.
Teddy Bridgewater is going to steal the show for the second time in two years. He is a player that lives for the spotlight. The atmosphere of the Linc might give him a taste of the NFL early, allowing him to absolutely shine. Bridgewater is definitely shooting for six scores through the air this year. A number that is far from attainable for this Heisman candidate.
Louisville: 56 Temple: 7