The USF Bulls are coming off a near-close win versus the Memphis Tigers. They are close to being bowl-eligible with three games left in the season. Their opponent this upcoming week is the Temple Owls. The Owls own a 6-3 overall record over the Bulls. Temple won this game in 2022. The Owls also are coming into this game after a win over the Navy Midshipmen. Both USF have Temple defeated Navy. This game will take place at Raymond James Stadium with the kickoff taking place at high noon today. Both teams are having surprising seasons so far. During the Owls’ last game, the only thing that went wrong was turnovers. In the games the Bulls have won, they have won the turnover battle. Both teams like to pass the ball on offense.
The Temple Owls come into the game with a 3-6 record. They are 1-4 in the AAC with their only conference win coming last week against Navy. Looking at their record they are 0-3 on the road and they have a road game this week. In the past, they had some good games against the USF Bulls. If the Owls win their remaining three games, they could also be bowl-eligible. Despite beating Navy, they had their struggles. Against the SMU Mustangs, they were shut out. The Bulls have not been shut out this year. In their last win, they threw for over 400 yards. They have tried to mix it up on offense. The Owls’ defense is going to have their hands full with USF offense. They put up 50 points against what many consider the best team in the conference, the Memphis Tigers.
The USF Bulls come in with a record of 4-5. They got off to a slow start against the Memphis Tigers and it cost them. The problem in many of the games so far this year is defense and turnovers. If the Bulls lose the turnover battle which they did against the Tigers, they lose. On the flip side, the offense continues to get better game after game. Byrum Brown was the right choice at quarterback. They have mixed it up with the run and pass and when they do that USF sustains drives which leads to points and wins. The defense must be able to make some stops as Temple’s offense will test them. They are coming off a good game against Navy. If USF’s defense can create turnovers, they can win.
This game will be an early game with a noon kickoff. Both teams’ fans will arrive early at Raymond James Stadium as the lots open five hours before kickoff which means they open at 7 a.m. This will be a battle of two teams that are hoping to turn around their pasts. They can both still make it to a bowl game. Look for there to be a lot of yards on both sides of the ball. The winner could be the team that has the ball last. The Owls have not won a game on the road and the Bulls are .500 at home at 2-2. Coach Golesh is hoping once again for the fans and students to be in attendance to cheer on the USF Bulls.
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