College Football Bowl Game Season continues with the Military Bowl as North Carolina travels to Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium to take on Temple on Friday, Dec. 27 at 3:30 P.M. This will be the first ever meeting between these two teams as they will both be looking to take home that trophy.
North Carolina Looks To Snap Bowl Game DroughtThe North Carolina Tar Heels finished the regular season with a 6-6 record and a spot in a bowl game. While other programs might consider that an average season, North Carolina is thrilled with how the regular season concluded since it was expected to finish the regular season with around five wins according to oddsmakers. Now, under 68-year old coach Mack Brown, North Carolina will make its first bowl game appearance since 2016. However, the Tar Heels have not actually won a bowl game since 2013 so they will be looking to end that drought on Friday. Luckily, North Carolina has already had to deal with a ton of pressure this season as it needed to win its final two regular-season games just to qualify for a bowl game in the first place. Now, North Carolina will look to continue its winning ways in what should be a very close bowl game.
The Tar Heels are led offensively by freshman quarterback Sam Howell who has been amazing this season. He has thrown for 3,347 passing yards along with 35 passing touchdowns while only throwing seven interceptions. However, he has also been sacked 36 times so he will need to get the ball out of his hand faster moving forward.
What to know about @Sam_Howell2’s 35 TD passes this year:— Carolina Football (@TarHeelFootball) December 4, 2019
- 4th most in the nation
- Most in the ACC
- Most by a freshman
- Most ever by an FBS true freshman
- 2nd most ever by an ACC frosh QB
- Most ever by a UNC QB
- 4th most ever by an ACC QB#CarolinaFootball 🏈 #BeTheOne pic.twitter.com/STo40Pi2dZ
North Carolina's defense has been pretty good so far this season. The Tar Heels are allowing 24.6 points per game which ranks 51st in the nation. In addition, the Tar Heels are allowing 381.6 yards per game which ranks 59th in the nation. North Carolina's defense has also excelled on third down as opponents have only converted 37.2% of the time which ranks 48th out of all FBS teams.
Temple Looks For Its First Win In The Military BowlTemple enters this game with a solid 8-4 record as it has won three of its last four games. The Owls also enter this game on a high note after defeating UConn in its last regular season game by 32 points. Temple's regular season was good enough to get it a berth in the Military Bowl where the program has struggled in the past. The Owls have already made two appearances in this bowl game and they have yet to record a victory. Now, the Owls will hope that the third time is the charm as they will be looking for their ninth win of the season on Friday. Luckily, this will be the fifth straight season that Temple has played in a bowl game so it should be quite comfortable in this environment.
Temple's offense is led by junior quarterbackAnthony Russo who has been solid this season. He has 2,733 passing yards along with 21 passing touchdowns. However, Russo has also been extremely turnover prone as he has also thrown 11 interceptions. He has also just completed 58.6% of his passes so he will need to get a bit more accurate in the future.
Sam Franklin knows how to do Senior Day 😏 pic.twitter.com/dtwJpcF6JP— Temple Football (@Temple_FB) November 30, 2019
Temple's defense has been very solid so far this season. The Owls are allowing 23.50 points per game which ranks 42nd in the nation. In addition, the Owls are allowing 364.8 yards per game which ranks 47th in the nation. Temple's defense has also excelled at scoring points as it has recorded three defensive touchdowns which is tied for 11th in the nation.
Trends found on Covers.com, are:
- Tar Heels are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games after allowing less than 170 yards passing in their previous game.
- Owls are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games.