Start Time: September 2nd, 2017 at 3:30 p.m. EST
Location: Notre Dame Stadium, South Bend, Indiana
Live Coverage: 97.5 The Fanatic and WHIP Radio
All-Time Series: 0-2 vs. Notre Dame
Last Meeting: 10/31/15. Notre Dame 24 - Temple 20
Betting Lines: Temple +17.5, Over/Under 54
Temple Owls Outlook
There will be a lot of firsts for Temple in the regular season opener. It will be Geoff Collins first game as a head coach. It will be the first game in four years with Philip Walker no longer under center. Several other Owls will be making their first starts against one of the most notorious programs in college football history.
Collins has hinted that as many as three quarterbacks can take the field Saturday. Whoever that may be, they have plenty of weapons around them to work with. Ryquell Armstead figures to get a lot of work with the inexperience at quarterback and the Owls do have depth in their receiving corps.
Temple does have some turnover in their front seven which could be a problem going against a dominant Notre Dame offensive line. The secondary is a position of strength for the Owls, but expect the Irish to pound the rock early and often to wear out Collins' defense.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish Outlook
The Irish are coming off a disappointing four-win season, but return a plethora of talent that could save Brian Kelly's job. While Temple is not the pushover that many have come to known over the course of college football history, this is a matchup that Notre Dame should feel confident about.
They will have Brandon Wimbush at quarterback, and as we previously mentioned, a very good O-line to protect their new signal caller. Wimbush, Josh Adams and the Irish running backs will see a lot of work in Chip Long’s Run-Pass Option offense. Meanwhile, Equanimeous St. Brown leads a wide receiver group that is physically imposing. Keep an eye on Alizé Mack, who missed last season due to an academics issue.
The defensive line will give the Owls running game headaches all afternoon and hope to force whoever is in at QB to put the ball in the air often. Temple has a great secondary to work with, but so do the Irish. It is going to be difficult for the cherry and white to move the ball against what should be one of the better defensive units in the nation.
The three quarterbacks for Temple could present some problems for game planning against the Owls, but Notre Dame has the talent and experience to take this one. It won't be anywhere nearly as close as the last time these two teams played on Halloween in front of the College Gameday crew so give me a score of 31-13 in favor of the Irish.