Temple coach Steve Addazio is saying all the right things about Maryland. And he's doing it with a straight face.
"They will be highly motivated coming in here to play us," he said of the Terps (1-0) wanting to avenge last season's 38-7 defeat. "So I'm expecting a tremendous football game."
Anything is possible.
Maryland is an Atlantic Coast Conference member, and the Owls are inexperienced.
But like Villanova was last week, I expect the Terps to be a tune-up opponent for a tough Big East slate. And I'm not a lone.
Temple (1-0) is favored by 10 1/2 points in Saturday's contest at Lincoln Financial Field.
By now, most folks know that Maryland struggled in last week's 7-6 victory over William & Mary, a Football Championship Subdivision program.
Folks also know the Terps have 27 combined freshmen and sophomores on their two-deep depth chart. They start an inexperienced true freshman quarterback in Perry Hills.
The Pittsburgh native threw three interceptions against the Tribe.
"I'm quite confident that they are going to have a lot of improvement from Week 1 to Week 2," Addazio said. "Hopefully, we will as well."
Temple all-time vs. Maryland: 1-6
Temple in games at Temple: 0-3
Temple in games at Maryland: 1-3
Temple in games at a neutral site: 0-0
First meeting in series: 1997 at Franklin Field, L, 21-24
Last meeting in series: 2011 at Byrd Stadium, W, 38-7
Rushing: Bernard Pierce, 32-149, 5 TDs (2011)
Passing: Devin Scott, 24-34-336 (2000)
Receiving: Sean Dillard, 7-121 (2000)
Rushing: LaMont Jordan, 22-138, 2 TDs (1998)
Passing: Joel Statham, 18-25-268, 2 TDs (2004)
Receiving: Kerry Boykins, 8-76 (2011)
Year Site Result Temple Coach Maryland Coach
1997 Franklin Field L, 21-24 Ron Dickerson Ron Vanderlinden
1998 Byrd Stadium L, 20-30 Bobby Wallace Ron Vanderlinden
1999 Franklin Field L, 0-6 Bobby Wallace Ron Vanderlinden
2000 Byrd Stadium L, 10-17 Bobby Wallace Ron Vanderlinden
2004 Byrd Stadium L, 22-45 Bobby Wallace Ralph Friedgen
2005 The Linc L, 7-38 Bobby Wallace Ralph Friedgen
2011 Byrd Stadium W, 38-7 Steve Addazio Randy Edsall