Prediction, Preview, and Odds
#117 Boston College vs.
#118 Temple
Saturday, September 18, 2021 at 12:00pm EDT
Written by David Delano

The Temple Owls will host the Boston College Eagles on Saturday. Temple went 1-6 last year in seven AAC games and returned five offensive and five defensive starters this year. Boston College finished 6-5 overall and 5-5 in the ACC last year and brought back nine offensive and nine defensive starters.

Eagles maybe forced to move on without Phil Jurkovec at QB

Boston College is off to a 2-0 start after routing Colgate 51-0 as a 42.5-point favorite in the season opener and UMass 45-28 as a 38.5 point favorite last week. The Eagles outgained Colgate 527 to 189 in total yardage and outgained UMass 473 to 335 last Saturday. According to CBS Sports, the Eagles are currently ranked No. 38 in the country.

Former Notre Dame transfer Phil Jurkovec entered the season as the starting quarterback for the Eagles after completing 61% of his pass for 2,558 yards with 17 touchdowns and five interceptions last year. Jurkovec went 16 for 24 for 303 yards in the season opener with three touchdowns against Colgate but was injured against UMass after completing just 3 of 4 passes for 22 yards. Jurkovec could be out for the rest of the season with a hand injury.

With Jurkovec out, senior quarterback Dennis Grosel finished the game against UMass. Grosel came off the bench in the win and went 11 for 14 passing for 199 yards with a touchdown and rushed for 15 yards with a touchdown.

Owls bounce back from embarrassing opening loss

CBS Sports currently has Temple ranked No. 116 in the country.

The Owls opened up the year with an embarrassing 61-14 loss as a 14-point road dog to Rutgers. The Owls were outgained by Rutgers 365 to 261 in total yardages in that loss but suffered greater from losing the turnover battle 5 to zero. Last week, the Owls fared better, beating MAC opponent Akron 45-24 as a 6.5 point road favorite. In the victory over Akron, Temple did not turn the ball over and forced two turnovers. The Owls also won the total yardage battle 422 to 362.

The Owls started freshman quarterback D'Wan Mathis against Rutgers, and he went just 8 for 24 for 148 yards passing and an interception in the loss. Mathis had to sit out against Akron due to injury, so freshman Justin Lynch got the start went 19 for 23 with 245 yards and two touchdowns passing with another 34 yards and a touchdown rushing. Mathis is questionable with an ankle injury for Saturday's game, but even if he can play, Lynch may get the nod coming off a strong performance.

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It's hard to back a 16-point road underdog early in the season, especially without their starting quarterback. Although Boston College's backup quarterback Dennis Grosel has seen playing time in both 2019 and 2020, I expect the team to take a slight step back without Phil Jurkovec leading the offense.

Temple lost its first game by 47-points against Rutgers on the road, but I don't expect to see another performance like that. Temple was only down 26-14 to Rutgers midway through the third quarter before allowing the next five touchdowns unanswered, with the help of a pick-six thrown by D'Wan Mathis. Overall the Owls turned the ball over five times in the season opener but cut that down to zero against Akron. With Lynch, who started the Akron game, likely to play over Mathis, the Owls may have found a better option at quarterback.

After opening the season with two road games, expect the Temple Owls to be more confident playing in their home opener against a backup QB and keep this game close enough to cover.

Prediction: Temple Owls +16

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Temple only has five starters back from a defense that allowed 37.1 ppg last year and is allowing 42.5 ppg as a team this year. Boston College will be difficult for the Owls to stop, as the Eagles scored 27.8 ppg last year against a mainly demanding ACC schedule and are averaging 48 ppg this year. Both teams are also coming off of a high-scoring game against a bad team. Boston College combined for 73 points with UMass last week, and Temple combined for 69 points against Akron. I love the odds of this game getting to at least 58 points.

Prediction: Over 57.5
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Written By David Marotta , "David Delano"

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