TEM­PLE over Mas­sachusetts by 16

Playbook Football (Midweek Alert) - - 2-minute Handicap -

We ex­pected a sig­nif­i­cant drop off in suc­cess for the Owls this sea­son af­ter for­mer head coach Matt Rhule (20-8 SU last two years) bolted for a big­ger pay­day at Bay­lor. And that’s what has hap­pened, with Notre Dame shred­ding a qual­ity Tem­ple de­fense for 422 rush­ing yards in a 49-16 Week One de­struc­tion, fol­lowed by the Owls need­ing a 49-yard FG with one minute re­main­ing to edge Vil­lanova, 16-13, last week. Ditto for the Min­ute­men, chok­ing away a 4th quar­ter lead to lose their home opener to Hawaii, fall­ing by 10 points at Coastal Carolina in Game Two, and scor­ing only 7 points in last week’s home loss to Old Do­min­ion to com­plete the hat trick. With both teams off to a slow start, re­mem­ber that new Tem­ple HC Ge­off Collins is the only coach to be a Broyles award nom­i­nee for the na­tion’s top as­sis­tant coach – at three schools. In other words, the guy can flat-out coach, and he’ll have the Owls back on track be­fore sea­son’s end. How­ever, the jury is still out on UMass leader Mark Whip­ple, whose ca­reer with the Min­ute­men may be go­ing the way of the Charmin TV ads fea­tur­ing Mr. Whip­ple. His cur­rent 0-3 SUATS start, and an ugly fail­ure in his team’s last 10 games when seek­ing re­venge, finds Tem­ple putting the ‘squeeze’ on Whip­ple’s boys tonight.

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