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Temple Owls vs. UConn Huskies: Preview & Prediction

Temple will be looking to avenge last season’s home loss to Huskies.

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Date: Saturday, November 24, 2018

Kickoff Time: 3:30 p.m. ET

Location: Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field, East Hartford, Connecticut

Watch: ESPNU

All-Time Series: Temple leads, 12-6

Last Meeting: 10/14/17. UConn 28 - Temple 24

Betting Lines: Temple -31, O/U 67


Temple Owls Outlook

It was a rough first half for the Owls last time out against USF, but five second-half turnovers led to 27 unanswered points for Temple to propel them to their fifth win in their last six games.

The lone loss in that span came at the hands of UCF, who locked up a spot in the AAC Championship game after beating Cincinnati last week. Temple still had an outside shot of getting into the title game if Cincy could have pulled off the upset.

This could easily be a letdown spot for Temple going against a 1-10 team. They already know they’re going bowling and the outcome of this game doesn’t change much. With that said, the Owls should be plenty motivated for this game after the Huskies came into Philadelphia last season and picked up a shocking win. It was an embarrassing lost that nearly kept them from playing in a bowl game last season.

UConn Huskies Outlook

The Huskies’ success is predicated on the play of David Pindell. The do-it-all quarterback has accounted for 2,969 of the team’s 4,328 yards of total offense. He has 28 touchdowns (18 passing and 10 rushing) with 10 interceptions.

Pindell’s effort hasn’t translated to wins as UConn’s lone victory came against Rhode Island, a FCS opponent, in a 56-49 win. It’s certainly not his fault. The Huskies defense has been downright awful as they have given up 49 or more points in nine of the 11 games this season. They are last in the nation in total defense and it is not even close as the next worst team (Oregon State) is just over 900 yards “better” than UConn.

Prediction

The Owls enter this contest on a roll and now get the worst team in the country to close out the regular season. Many of Temple’s starters from a year ago remember the loss to UConn and will be out for revenge in this matchup. Ryquell Armstead should run wild against the Huskies soft defense as Temple ends the season on a high note, while UConn head coach Randy Edsall could be without a job after this week.

Temple 45 - UConn 14