TEM­PLE over Buf­falo by 13

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The Owls looked like they had things mov­ing for­ward un­der Ge­off Collins late last sea­son when they won 4 of their 5 sea­son-end­ing con­tests, in­clud­ing a 28-3 thump­ing of FIU in the Gas­par­illa Bowl in St. Peters­burg. That mo­men­tum took a nose­dive after a sea­son­ing-open­ing 19-17 set­back to crosstown ri­val Vil­lanova, los­ing city brag­ging rights in the process. Thanks in large part to a shaky ef­fort from QB Frank Nut­tile, Tem­ple was out­gained by the Cats, 405-251, and gave up a 30-yard TD pass mid­way through the fi­nal quar­ter con­tribut­ing to the loss. How­ever, with tons of ex­pe­ri­ence on this year’s squad, we’ll look for a more in­spired ef­fort to­day at the Linc. They’ll need it against an up-and-com­ing Buf­falo team un­der Lance Leipold, who won six na­tional cham­pi­onships in Divi­sion III while at Wis­con­sin-White­wa­ter. The Bulls were the last team to beat Florida At­lantic in 2017 be­fore Lane Kif­fin took the Owls on a 10-game win­ning streak. Buffy beat Delaware State, 48-10, in their opener last week, de­spite the fact they gained only 354 to­tal yards of of­fense (a 4-0 turnover edge did not hurt mat­ters and QB Tyree Jack­son threw for 6 TDs). Be­ware, Buf­falo is not roam­ing into a pretty sit­u­a­tion to­day with the Owls in a surly mood fol­low­ing last week’s shocker. We’re big be­liev­ers in Collins and we’re not about to back off here.

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