It’s not a secret that Temple’s offensive attack is about as balanced as a fast-food diet.
Head coach Steve Addazio categorized their run first, run second attack as a “down-hill” style offense on Tuesday. And little would argue that. According to ESPN, the Owls are ranked No. 9 in rushing yards per game, but No. 113 in passing yards.
As the season enters its final stretch, it’s a fair to assume that opposing defenses will begin to stack the box even more then they already have, and force the Owls to attack via the air.
Of Temple’s four remaining games, two come against defenses that rank in the nation’s top-50 against the run. Ohio and Kent State are No. 3 and 4 in MAC rushing defense respectively. As stated in yesterday’s article, no runner has gained 100 yards this season against the Bobcats. Kent State has allowed just one, and it wasn’t Alabama’s Trent Richardson.
The Owls need one more win to become bowl eligible, but that surely won’t be enough to capture a bowl appearance.
In the likelihood that the Owls do need to rely on their currently non-existent passing game, where do they turn?
Chester Stewart’s 74 passing attempts ranks 14th in a 13-team conference. Toledo has two passers with more attempts then Stewart. The combination of Stewart’s and current back-up Mike Gerardi ranks slightly above the No. 12 spot in the MAC.
Gerardi hasn’t thrown a pass since Sept.’s loss to Penn State. Last season, he finished the season after relieving Stewart during a dismal mid-October performance against Bowling Green.
Could the same be in order after Saturday’s loss to the Falcons? And will the Owls lack of balance on the offensive side end up hurting them down the stretch?
Those are answers that have yet to be found, but certainly determine if this Temple team is playing in a Bowl game.
Senor Fernardez. Juan Fernandez will see action on Weds morning as his Argentina National Team takes on Canada in the preliminary round of the Pan-American Games in Mexico. Former Owl Luis Guzman is part of the Dominican Republic team who will face former Villanova star Curtis Sumpter and Team USA on Wednesday evening.
"We are excited for Juan and we wish him all the best as he competes for his country in the Pan Am games. It is a great honor,” said Temple head coach Fran Dunphy in a statement.