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Tulsa will travel to Temple on a short week to kick off AAC action for both teams

Both squads enter their first AAC game with a 1-2 record.

NCAA Football: Temple at Maryland Art Pittman-USA TODAY Sports

Date: Thursday, September 20, 2018

Kickoff Time: 7:30 p.m. ET

Location: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Watch: ESPN

All-Time Series: Series tied, 2-2

Last Meeting: 11/25/17. Temple 43 - Tulsa 22

Betting Lines: Temple -7


Tulsa Golden Hurricane Outlook

This is a difficult team to figure out at the moment. Tulsa has a 1-2 record with the lone win coming against Central Arkansas in the opening week of the season. In Week 2, they lost to Texas on the road by a touchdown. Last week, it was a nine-point home loss to Arkansas State. Then again, we don’t know what to make of the Longhorns or Red Wolves just yet either.

The Golden Hurricane are led on offense by Luke Skipper, but he’s been shaky to say the least. While he has completed 61.3 percent of his passes for 521 yards and four touchdowns, he’s also thrown three picks. Chad President, who started much of last season, remains on the roster and could get a look if things don’t begin to improve for Skipper.

Shamari Brooks is the star for Tulsa attack. The sophomore running back has 310 yards on 70 carries with four touchdowns. He’s received over 20 carries in each of the three games with two of those outings going for over 100 yards. His running mate Corey Taylor II is second on the team in touches and third in total yards from scrimmage.

The player to keep an eye on defensively is linebacker Cooper Edmiston. Edmiston was the top returning tackler in the AAC and has recorded 25 tackles through the first three games.

Temple Owls Outlook

All eyes will be on the quarterback situation in North Philadelphia on Thursday night. Frank Nutile did not play on Saturday with an undisclosed injury, which gave Anthony Russo a chance to start and pick up the Owls first win of the year against the heavily-favored Maryland Terrapins. Geoff Collins told the media it will likely be a game-time decision on whether Nutile plays against Tulsa. Another solid performance from Russo could lead to a quarterback controversy for Collins.

It was a performance that few around the country expected from Temple after a dreadful 0-2 start to the season. They racked up 429 yards on offense, while limiting the Terps to just 195 yards. Maryland was coming off a 444-yard effort on the ground in the game against Bowling Green, but the Owls held them to just 132 yards rushing. In fact, the Owls gained more yards on the ground, totaling 165 rushing yards, led by 118 yards from Ryquell Armstead.

The defense didn’t allow any points from Maryland’s offense as the two touchdowns came on an interception and a blocked punt that were both returned for scores. Collins’ defense swallowed up Kasim Hill for the entire game as the Terps quarterback completed 7-of-17 passes for 56 yards and an interception that was returned for a touchdown by Shaun Bradley. The Temple team we saw against Maryland is the one we expected when they matched up with Villanova and Buffalo. Now, it’s a question of whether they can build off the success they showed last week.

Prediction

Games played on a short week are usually an advantage for the home team as Tulsa will travel to Philadelphia just a few days after losing to Arkansas State on Saturday. Temple is coming off an emotional win on the road and was almost flawless on defense. The Owls have yet to get to the quarterback on a regular basis, but this could be the game to do so as Tulsa has surrender eight sacks already this season. Look for Temple to pound the rock and play sound defense once again to get their first win in conference play.

Temple 31 - Tulsa 21