Temple-Cincinnati Preview: Will QB Frank Nutile remain hot?

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Temple running back Ryquell Armstead carries as Navy defensive end Jarvis Polu closes in during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, in Philadelphia. (Yong Kim/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

Redshirt junior quarterback Frank Nutile will make his third consecutive and third career start for injured Logan Marchi when the Owls visit Cincinnati in Friday’s 7 p.m. American Athletic Conference game. In those two starts Nutile has completed 42 of 59 passes for 579 yards, five touchdowns and one interception. Cincinnati coach Luke Fickell said earlier in the week that Nutile has provided a spark for Temple. Nutile has made good decisions and the one interception came on a dropped Temple pass that deflected to a Navy defender.

How to watch and follow the game

TV: ESPN2

STREAMING: WATCHESPN

RADIO – 97.5 FM, WPEN

Twitter: @sjnard.

Coaches

Temple, Geoff Collins (1st season, 4-5); Cincinnati, Luke Fickell (1st season, 3-6; overall, 9-13).

Key players:

Temple: QB Frank Nutile, 6-4, 225, R-Jr. (65.7 percent completion percentage for 659 yards, 5 TDs, 1 interception); RB Ryquell Armstead, 5-11, 205, Jr. (454 yards rushing, 3.8 avg. 3 TDs); WR Isaiah Wright, 6-2, 212, So. (33 receptions, 502 yards, 3 TDs, 112 yards rushing,, 6.6 avg. 1 TD); LB Chapelle Russell, 6-1, 225, R-So. (70 tackles, 2 forced fumbles); DE Sharif Finch, 6-4 250 Sr. (11.5 tackles for loss 5.5 sacks);  S Delvon Randall, 6-1, 220, Jr. (60 tackles, 4 interceptions); S Sean Chandler, 6-0, 195, Sr. (47 tackles, 1 INT).

Cincinnati: RB Gerrid Doaks, 6-0, 222, R-Fr. (500 yards rushing, 6.0 avg. 2 TDs); QB Hayden Moore, 6-3, 225 Jr. (55.7 completion percentage, 1,959 yards, 13 TDs, 7 interceptions); WR Lewis Kahill, 6-0, 195, Jr. (48 receptions, 444 yards, 4 TDs.); LB Jaylyin Minor, 6-1, 233, Sr. (87 tackles), LB Perry Young, 5-10, 215, So. (76 tackles, 8.5 TFL).

Head to Head

Temple owns an 11-7-1 lead. Last year the Owls won, 34-13 last year at home on Oct. 29.

Temple’s upcoming games

Saturday Nov. 18 vs. Central Florida, noon.

Saturday Nov. 25 at Tulsa, TBD