Date: Saturday, September 29, 2018
Kickoff Time: 12:00 p.m. ET
Location: Alumni Stadium, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
All-Time Series: Boston College leads, 27-6-2
Last Meeting: 11/20/04. BC 34 - Temple 17
Betting Lines: Boston College -12.5, O/U 53.5
Temple Owls Outlook
Which team will we see this week? The first two games against Villanova and Buffalo were dreadful for the Owls. Starting quarterback Frank Nutile looked nothing like the player that helped Temple reach bowl eligibility a year ago. The ground game was nonexistent. The defense couldn’t make any stops. It looked like it was going to be a LONG season for Geoff Collins with Maryland on deck.
Anthony Russo gets his first start at quarterback against the Terps and that has most thinking that Maryland is going to take the game with ease. As the old cliche goes, “that’s why you play the game.”
Temple has looked like a different team. The last two games looks more like what we expected against Villanova and Buffalo. Not Maryland. Ryquell Armstead is finding holes. Branden Mack and Ventell Bryant have made plays in the passing game. The defense is finally getting to the quarterback and creating turnovers. This against the better competition on their schedule so far.
All this comes with the new man under center. It remains to be seen who is the signal caller this week as Nutile has been out the last two weeks with an undisclosed injury. He took part in practice this week, but would not announce a starter. We likely won’t know who that guy is until the first offensive play on Saturday.
Boston College Outlook
This will be the first time BC head coach Steve Addazio will play against the Owls since leaving the program following the 2012 season. While that might have left a sour taste in the mouths of Temple fans, the current squad has no ties to Addazio.
That should be the last thing the Owls should be focused on as A.J. Dillon is a force to be reckoned with. The sophomore running back is averaging 6.3 yards per touch with five touchdowns on the season. He’s a physical runner that will test the front seven for the Owls.
Meanwhile, quarterback Anthony Brown will be looking to rebound after he threw for only 96 yards with four picks in last week’s loss to Purdue. It was a terrible performance all around for the Eagles last week.
Boston College laid a dud last week and that’s troublesome for Temple. The battle to watch all afternoon will be the Eagles’ offensive line against the Owls front seven. Whoever wins that battle wins the game. I give the edge to BC because they are at home, and excluding last week, have been a high-scoring offense. Temple has shown improvement, but is still not ready to compete with a team like Boston College.
Boston College 31 - Temple 10