College Football action on Saturday afternoon and the American Athletic Conference will mix it up with the MAC Conference as the Temple Owls take on the Buffalo Bulls. This contest has a start time 3:30 pm ET and will take place at UB Stadium in Buffalo, New York. These squads faced each other last year and the Bulls won that game on the road by a score of 36-29.
The Owls enter this game off a 20-17 home win over Maryland to move to 2-0 on the year, while the Bulls fell to 1-2 after losing at Liberty by a score of 35-17.
Owls Pull Upset Of The Terps
The Temple Owls are off to a fine 2-0 start as they look to build on a solid 8-5 season a year ago, which was Rod Carey’s second season at the helm. They began the year with a 56-17 home win over Bucknell and followed it up with a 20-17 home win over a ranked Maryland squad. The defense was exceptional in the game, especially since the were facing a Maryland team that had racked up an impressive 142 points in their first two games. Temple has been known for their defensive toughness and it was on display against the Terps as they held Maryland to just 340 yards of total offense and five of 124 on 3rd down. The Temple offense could have a solid showing in this one against a Buffalo team that has struggled to put points on the board this season so far. The defense could also go the other way and have a let down after such an impressive showing against the Terps. Oh, the madness.
The Offense had a solid showing in the contest. Yes, they scored just 20 points, but they had 427 yards of total offense, including 277 yards through the air. The game could have been much easier for the Owls, but they committed seven penalties and had three turnovers. Anthony Russo hit 20 of 37 passes for 277 yards with three TDs and one INT. He now has 686 yards with seven TDs and two INTs through two games this year. Russo will now take aim at a Buffalo team that has struggled to defend the pass. Russo did not start last year’s game and was two-of-four for 24 yards in relief of Frank Nutile, who was struggling. Temple is 5th in the nation in passing at 392 ypg.
You already know what "The Play" of the week is… 😏
Defensive Coordinator @CoachKnowlesTU takes us through a HUGE fourth-down tackle by LB @Sdot_Bradley5 with under 4 minutes to play in Saturday's win. #Greatness | #TempleTUFF pic.twitter.com/0cRGMKJy4F
— Temple Football (@Temple_FB) September 18, 2019
The running game has been below average, but still, it has been a decent compliment to their passing game. last week, the Owls had 150 yards rushing, but on just 3.8 yards per attempt. Re’Mahn Davis led the team with 92 yards and he now has 152 yards on the year. The Owls are off to a solid start and will be looking for revenge in this after losing to the Bulls at home last year by a score of 36-29. The Bulls have struggled to score, but they have been a solid home team for the last few years. The Owls put up just 355 yards of total offense in last year’s game while giving up 427. They are stronger on both sides of the year, but will it be enough to cover a two-TD spread in this one? Keep reading to find out.
Bulls Have Taken A Step Back
Last year, the Buffalo Bulls has a solid 10-4 season, but they have just eight starters back from that team and are expected to take a step back this year. So Far that has happened as the Bulls have started out at just 1-2 through three games. They started out with a 38-10 home win over Robert Morris but then lost 45-13 at Penn State and 35-17 at Liberty. There is no shame in getting crushed at Penn State, but to lose at Liberty by 18 has to raise some red flags, especially since they are facing a Temple team that has looked good in the early going. Buffalo also has to watch out in this one as the Owls will be seeking revenge for a home loss against them. Can the Bulls bounce back now that they are back home? You’re so close to the answer. Keep on reading.
The Bulls have just three starters back on defense from a team that allowed 25.9 pg and 355 ypg a season ago. The pass defense was a strength as they allowed just 194 yards through the air last year, but that has not been the case this year as the Bulls are currently ranked 82nd in the nation against the pass, giving up 232 ypg through the air so far. Last week, they allowed the Flames to hit 23 of their 30 pass attempts for 325 yards. That could be an issue for the bulls in this one, especially since just one starter from their secondary returned from last year. They will be in trouble if Russo has a strong outing against them.
Dylan McDuffie had his first career TD on Saturday. Radio analyst Scott Wilson breaks down the play pic.twitter.com/aozLwnJ8iT
— UB Football (@UBFootball) September 16, 2019
Last week, the Owls pulled off a herculean effort on defense as they hel the explosive Terps to just 17 and that will not be good news for a Buffalo team that is 10th in the nation in scoring at 22.7 ppg. The Bulls can run the ball, behind the duo of Kevin Marks and Jaret Patterson, who have combined for 477 yards through three games. The Passing game is another story altogether as the Bulls are 117th in passing at 160.3 ypg. They have just five starters back on offense and are breaking in a new QB, so growing pains on this side of the ball can be expected. Matt Myers has hit just 48.6% of his passes for 481 yards, but he does have a 5/1 TD-to_INT ratio. He will need to be far more accurate this week as it will keep the ball in their possession and keep that explosive Temple offense on the sidelines.
- 1-6 ATS in their last 7 vs. the MAC
- 7-1 ATS in their last 8 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
- Bulls are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 home games