Thursday, February 11, 2016

Penn State-Temple prediction

Am I the only one that sees a much improved Temple team compared to the ones that were shutout by Penn State the last two years? Owls quarterback Adam DiMichele is a heck of an athlete and should provide the Lions with a nice tune-up to the mobile Juice Williams of Illinois. Receivers Bruce Francis and Travis Shelton are sure handed and will present the Penn State secondary with a test. Shelton is also one of the better return men in the country. The Lions suffered in that department last season -- especially on kickoffs -- but look good in the early going. Of course, the first three opponents didn't provide much of a test.

Penn State-Temple prediction

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Am I the only one that sees a much improved Temple team compared to the ones that were shutout by Penn State the last two years? Owls quarterback Adam DiMichele is a heck of an athlete and should provide the Lions with a nice tune-up to the mobile Juice Williams of Illinois. Receivers Bruce Francis and Travis Shelton are sure handed and will present the Penn State secondary with a test. Shelton is also one of the better return men in the country. The Lions suffered in that department last season -- especially on kickoffs -- but look good in the early going. Of course, the first three opponents didn't provide much of a test.

On defense, Temple has some fine individuals, led by linebacker Amara Kamara and safety Jaiquawn Jarrett. Based on the fact that the Owls return 23 starters and DiMichele is a go after missing last season's meeting, Temple has to fare better. Right ... ? OK, I'm finished channeling Joe Paterno. Mr. Realist is back.

Temple has no run game, other than DiMichele, can't stop the run (Hello, 100 yards rushing for Evan Royster) and still can't win in a tough spot (see: the last two weeks). Even if the Owls had beaten Connecticut and Buffalo, they have no shot against Penn State. All that being said, I think the Owls can score. DiMichele will throw for one TD and scramble for another and let's give Shelton a kick return TD, too. But the Lions' line will blow Temple's front seven off the ball, allowing Royster, and whomever else, to run at will.

Prediction: Penn State 48, Temple 21.

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Joe Juliano has been a staff writer for The Inquirer for 30 years, covering covering Penn State football, Villanova basketball and other college sports, along with golf and the Penn Relays. This is his seventh season on The Inquirer’s Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for United Press International from 1976-84.

Joining Joe this season is Erin McCarthy, an intern for The Inquirer and a junior at Penn State majoring in print and digital journalism. This is Erin's first season on the Penn State football beat. She previously spent two summers as an Inquirer summer intern on the Pennsylvania and South Jersey desks. She is also an editor for the Daily Collegian, the university's student newspaper. A Delaware County native, Erin graduated from Episcopal Academy.

Reach Joe at jjuliano@phillynews.com.

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