2012 Temple Owls Football Preview
2011 Record: 9-4 (5-3 Mid-American)
Head Coach: Steve Addazio, second season (9-4 all at Temple)
Projected Returning Starters: 9
Spring Game: April 14th (Cherry 17 White 10)
Notes: The shuffling of conferences over the past season has resulted in Temple re-joining the Big East, this time in all sports. Temple was invited to re-join the conference, the same conference that gave them the boot following the 2004 season. The decision to kick Temple out was based on poor attendance, lack of support from the university and flat out non-competitive teams. Temple is quite a bit different now, as Al Golden rebuilt the Owls to respectability and Steve Addazio put together a great first season. Temple replaces West Virginia in the conference. Last season, the Owls matched their 2009 win total, one short of the 1972 season, when they won 10 games. More importantly, Temple won their first bowl game since the 1979 Garden State Bowl.
BVTSB Take: In the past three seasons, Temple has combined for 26 wins, one more win than in the prior 9 seasons! Granted, much of those nine seasons were spent in the Big East, where the Owls had to play the likes of Miami and Virginia Tech, and the previous three seasons have been in the MAC, but still, Temple has clearly taken a step in the right direction. The Owls went 3-1 in non-conference play last season, beating Villanova, Maryland, and Army, but losing to Penn State. The weak non-conference schedule and the weak conference slate (only having to play Toledo and Ball State from the West Division) certainly helped. Temple was primarily a run first team last season, led by Bernard Pierce, who accounted for 1481 yards on the ground and 27 rushing touchdowns. Pierce will be playing on Sundays now. Backup Matt Brown returns – he accounted for over 900 yards on the ground and six rushing touchdowns. Temple used three quarterbacks last season, with Mike Gerardi starting the season, Chester Stewart playing in the middle of the season, and Chris Coyer playing the final four games. Coyer will return this season and should be the starter. Temple loses their top three receivers from last season as well. The conference schedule will be tougher than last year’s and the Owls will play Villanova, Maryland, Penn State, and Army in non-conference. Because of the late switch from the MAC to the Big East, Temple will play an 11 game schedule. Because of inexperience at key positions as well as a tougher schedule, expect Temple to struggle this year. Don’t be surprised if Temple’s three-year streak of winning records is snapped in 2012.
2012 Early Projection: 4-7
To see the 2012 Big East composite schedule, click here.
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