Temple vs. Charlotte Prediction, Game Preview

    Temple vs. Charlotte prediction and game preview. Projecting who wins the battle between the Owls and 49ers.

    September 20, 2016


    Temple vs. Charlotte prediction and game preview. Projecting who wins the battle between the Owls and 49ers.


    Temple vs. Charlotte Game Preview


    When:
    Saturday, September 24 – 12:00 p.m. ET

    Where:
    Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA

    TV Broadcast:
    ESPN3

    Temple lost a close, 34-27 game to Penn State last Saturday and will look to rebound as it hosts Charlotte. Quarterback Phillip Walker was decent in the loss, throwing for 286 yards, but could not find anyone in the end zone and finished with zero touchdowns and one interception.

    The 49ers were beaten at home by Eastern Michigan, 37-19, in which Charlotte got off to another slow start. In three games this season, Charlotte has been outscored 42-0 in the first quarter, and 80-23 in the first half.

    What To Know About Temple

    The run game did nothing to help Walker in moving the chains against Penn State, as a total of 38 yards were produced by the Owls rushing attack.

    Linebacker Avery Williams has been a playmaker on the Owls defense, making 20 total tackles while also recording three for a loss and half of a sack. He will look to shut down the Charlotte running game that had some success last week.

    What to Know About Charlotte

    Quarterback Kevin Olsen will be 100 percent this week after playing with a sprained shoulder last week and look to improve on the two-interception effort he put up against the Eagles. The legs of running back Robert Washington will also be counted on, as he had a career day against the Eagles, rushing for 120 yards.

    The 49ers will once again count on nose tackle Larry Ogunjobi and linebacker Nick Cook. Cook has made a team-leading 31 tackles.

    Advantages

    Offense: Temple. All Walker needs to do now is find players in the end zone.

    Defense: Temple. Putting pressure on Olsen will be key.

    Special Teams: Temple. Kicker Austin Jones is a perfect 5-for-5 in field goal attempts.

    Coaching: Temple. Matt Rhule has been around the Owls program long enough to know how to run it well.

    Intangibles: Temple. Home game and needing a win against a non-conference opponent.

    Matchup To Watch

    Larry Ogunjobi vs. Temple offensive line

    If you spend too much time focusing on Ogunjobi, Cook will be in the backfield in no time.

    Temple vs. Charlotte Betting Odds

    Spread: Temple -27.5

    Over/Under:
    53.5

    Temple vs. Charlotte Prediction

    Temple is a 27.5 point favorite over someone? Wow. This isn’t your grandfather’s Owls. The combination of Walker and Thomas will light up the Lincoln Financial Field scoreboard as if Carson Wentz was playing, and the Owls will come away with an easy win.

    Temple vs. Charlotte Score Prediction: Temple 42, Charlotte 17

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