Saturday, February 13, 2016

Owls ranked fifth in Big East power rankings

Big East Power Rankings: Week Two

Owls ranked fifth in Big East power rankings

Temple was crowned the victor in the fourth and final Mayor´s Cup. (David Swanson/Staff Pr hotographer)
Temple was crowned the victor in the fourth and final Mayor's Cup. (David Swanson/Staff Pr hotographer)

Big East Power Rankings: Week Two

It’s hard to determine how good Temple is based on a 41-10 season-opening victory an overmatched Villanova squad.

And we probably won’t find out in Saturday's game against Maryland. But the Owls moved up one spot due to Pitt dropping from fourth to eighth place after a humiliating loss to Youngstown State, a Football Championship Subdivision school. Ouch!

While Temple rushed for 301 yards versus the FCS Wildcats, it must improve its passing game and limit the big plays it yielded on defense to beat the likes of Louisville, Rutgers, South Florida and Cincinnati.

More coverage
Owls Inq: Five keys for Temple vs. PSU
Video: Penn State looks ahead to Temple game
Owls Inq: Temple falls in power rankings
Buy local college sports tickets
Latest college sports videos
Complete coverage of the Penn State scandal

Here’s a look at my power rankings:


 Skinny: Crushing rival Kentucky 32-14 on Sunday, No. 25 Louisville showed why it is regarded as one of the nation’s premier programs. Teddy Bridgewater also lived up to being recognized as the conference’s best player. The sophomore quarterback completed 19 of 21 passes for 232 yards before sitting out the fourth quarter.

 Up next: vs. Missouri State at 3:30 p.m. Saturday

2. RUTGERS (1-0)

Skinny: Rutgers didn’t receive any style points while winning the inaugural game of the Kyle Flood era. The Scarlet Knights relied heavily on rushing the ball and defense to beat Tulane, 24-12, Saturday night at the Superdome. Linebacker Khaseem Green, last season’s Big East co-defensive player of the year, finished with 14 tackles.

 Up next: vs. Howard at 3:30 p.m. Saturday


Skinny: South Florida quarterback B.J. Daniels is the reason why the Bulls are ahead of Cincinnati and Temple. But he’s also the reason why they remain behind Rutgers.  The four-year starter completed 17 of 26 pass for 265 yards and three touchdowns in Saturday’s 34-13 victory over Chattanooga.  He also rushed for a 20-yard scoring run.  But after completing 15 of his first 18 passes, Daniels finished just 2 of 8.  His fumble and interception led to 10 Chattanooga points.

 Up next: at Nevada at 3:30 p.m. Saturday


Skinny:  Cincinnati moved up one spot without playing a game. The new-look Bearcats open the season Thursday night against Pittsburgh.  Cincinnati must replace running back Isaiah Pead (2011 conference offensive player of the year), defensive tackle Derek Wolfe (conference co-defensive player of the year), and quarterback Zach Collaros (two-time all-conference selection).

 Up next: vs. Pittsburgh at 8 p.m. Thursday

5. TEMPLE (1-0)

Skinny:  Temple did what was expected Friday night – pound Villanova. Matt Brown rushed for 145 yards and a touchdown as the Owls coasted to a 41-10 victory over their cross-town rival. Expect Temple to do much of the same Saturday against a woeful Maryland squad. The Owls, who only return nine starters, will not get tested until Sept. 22 at Penn State.

 Up next: vs. Maryland at 12 p.m. Saturday


Skinny:  Connecticut scored touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams in Thursday’s 37-0 victory over Massachusetts. Posting just three first down, the Minutemen failed to move the ball past midfield. I was tempted to move UConn ahead of Temple until I remembered that this is the same UMass team that Villanova crushed a year ago.

 Up next: vs. N.C. State at 12 p.m. Saturday

7. SYRACUSE (0-1)

Skinny: Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib completed 44 of 65 passes for 470 yards – all schools records – to go with four touchdowns in Saturday’s 42-41 setback to Northwestern. The great performance earned the Malvern Prep product conference-offensive-player-of-the-week honors. But Syracuse extended its losing streak to six games, dating back to last season.

 Up next: vs. Southern California in MetLife Stadium (East Rutherford, N.J.) at 3:30 p.m. Saturday

 8. PITTSBURGH (0-1)

Skinny:  Perhaps the Big East is elated that Pittsburgh will become the Atlantic Coast Conference’s problem after this season.  The Panthers dropped four spots in the rankings after suffering a 31-17 setback to Youngstown State. It was Pitt’s first loss to a Football Championship Subdivision member.

 Up next: at Cincinnati at 8 p.m. Thursday

Staff Writer
We encourage respectful comments but reserve the right to delete anything that doesn't contribute to an engaging dialogue.
Help us moderate this thread by flagging comments that violate our guidelines.

Comment policy: comments are intended to be civil, friendly conversations. Please treat other participants with respect and in a way that you would want to be treated. You are responsible for what you say. And please, stay on topic. If you see an objectionable post, please report it to us using the "Report Abuse" option.

Please note that comments are monitored by staff. We reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable. Personal attacks, especially on other participants, are not permitted. We reserve the right to permanently block any user who violates these terms and conditions.

Additionally comments that are long, have multiple paragraph breaks, include code, or include hyperlinks may not be posted.

Read 0 comments
comments powered by Disqus
About this blog
Keith Pompey has been an Inquirer reporter since September 2004. He took over the Sixers beat in the summer of 2013 after covering the Temple basketball and football for the previous three years. Pompey also previously covered the Penn and Drexel men’s basketball team and Villanova football team after initially focusing on high school sports.

Pompey is a native Philadelphian and a University of Pittsburgh graduate. Follow him on Twitter @PompeyOnSixers or reach Keith at

Keith Pompey Staff Writer
Latest Videos:
Also on
letter icon Newsletter