Navy Midshipmen (5-2 SU, 3-2-2 ATS, 2-5 O/U) at Temple Owls (3-5 SU, 3-5 ATS, 2-6 O/U)
When and Where: Thursday, Nov. 2., Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pa., 8pmET
Line: Navy -8
Temple has had a disappointing season but they still have a chance to finish strong and earn a bowl berth. The Owls are coming off a 31-28 overtime loss at Army on Oct. 21 and will now face Navy in an AAC matchup. The Mids fell at home to top-20 UCF, 31-21 on Oct. 21. The Mids lost starting quarterback Zach Abey to a concussion in that game. Abey is expected to play against the Owls after coming off nearly two weeks of rest.
Mids lose Abey, game
Quarterback Zach Abey has had his issues this year with turnovers, but he’s also been a very effective quarterback on the ground. He ran for 126 yards on 25 carries with a TD and threw for 115 yards with a TD and a score against UCF. Abey tied the game early in the third quarter on a 75-yard pass to Malcolm Perry. However, Abey went down in the next possession after being hit by linebacker Shaquem Griffin. Backup Garret Lewis came in and had some success (39 yards rushing, 56 yards passing), but the timing wasn’t there in the triple option game. The Mids turned the ball over three times and rushed for 248 yards with 171 yards passing. Their defense struggled against a powerful Knights squad, giving up 247 rushing yards and 236 in the air.
Navy needs Abey, the junior quarterback who has 1,142 yards rushing, 606 yards passing and 13 touchdowns. He leads the number one rushing offense in the nation (376.1ypg) and the 24th-ranked total offense (470.7ypg). On defense, the Mids are allowing 410.3 yards per game (84th), including 235.6 yards in the air (87th).
Owls offense erupts against Army but they fall in OT
Temple has had a rough season this year, scoring 30 or more points just once heading into their game against Army. The Owls blew the game, as they led 28-21 on a Ryquell Armstead 21-yard run with 1:38 left in the game. But the Black Knights went right down the field on a 16-yard pass from Kelvin Hopkins Jr. The Black Knights won it in overtime on a Blake Wilson 29-yard field goal. The Owls had a chance to tie it but Aaron Boumehri missed a 27-yard field goal, his second miss of the game.
The Owls totaled 506 yards including 289 in the air, but still couldn’t come up with the win. Starting quarterback Logan Marchi, who had two straight 300-yard games, was injured in the previous game against UConn and did not play. Redshirt junior Frank Nutile stepped up, going 20 of 29 for 290 yards passing and one touchdown with zero turnovers. Armstead rushed for 151 yards and two touchdowns for the Owls. Armstead leads in rushing with 428 yards and three touchdowns. On the season, Temple ranks 93rd in total yards per game (372.6ypg) and 115th in rushing yards (116.8). They allow 398.2 yards per game (73rd) and 177.8 rushing yards (81st).
- 5-1-1 ATS last 7 road games.
- 10-3 ATS last 13 in November.
- Home team is 0-4 ATS last 4 in series.
With Abey back at the helm, Navy should be unstoppable in their option offense. This is not a good Temple team on either side of the ball. Give the points
Navy normally doesn’t struggle to score points. Yet, Temple doesn’t want to make this a shootout. That’s the only chance they have is to make it in the 20’s. It won’t but the game will go under. Navy is 4-0 Under their last four on the road. Temple is 6-1 Under their last 7 overall.