Temple football coach Steve Addazio: 'We're handfuls of plays away'

Temple head football coach Steve Addazio. (Mel Evans/AP)

Is Temple better than its three-game losing streak would indicate? Owls coach Steve Addazio sure thinks so.

After leading 10-0 at the half, the Owls suffered a 35-10 setback to 24th-ranked Rutgers on Oct. 20.  Pittsburgh defeat Temple, 47-17, a week later. And 11th-ranked Louisville beat the Owls, 45-17, this past Saturday.

As a result, Temple (3-5, 2-3 Big East) is riding its first three-game losing streak since 2008.  Back then, the Owls went on to lose four straight en route to finishing, 5-7. That was Temple’s last losing season.

 “Where are you? How far away are you?  I think we’re handfuls of plays away from completely different outcomes,” Addazio said. “When I get guys that I know that I played against call me and say what they say to me those guys have no agenda. And they say ‘Wow, you have a physical football team here, man. They played really hard, physical. They’re tough. What a great future you have.’

“Then you know what you see is real. We got to develop. We got to find a way to squeeze out some of the things that are happening to me. We may get that down this year. We may not.”

Temple entertains Cincinnati on Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field. The Bearcats (6-2, 2-1) are an 11-point favorite.