Temple 2020 Win Total - College Football Pick and Prediction

Temple 2020 Win Total - College Football Pick and Prediction Photo by Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Breaking Down the Temple Owls Win Total

2020 College Football Season

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The Temple Owls will be looking to build off of a 2019 season that saw the program participate in the Military Bowl Presented By Northrop Grumman.  Temple finished the 2019 season with an overall record of (8-5) and a (5-3) record in AAC play.  The offense averaged 26.3 points per contest, which ranked 86th at the FBS level.  The defense was nearly in the top 50 in fewest points allowed, allowing 25.9 per game, ranking 51st.  The program is under the direction of Rod Carey.  

The offense was guided by Anthony Russo, as the junior quarterback passed for 2,861 yards, 21 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions.  Re’Mahn Davis paced the backfeild, after rushing for 936 yards and 8 touchdowns as a freshman.  The receiving core also returns 1,000 yard receiver Jadan Blue.  Blue hauled in 95 receptions for 1,067 yards, and 4 touchdowns as a sophomore.  Branden Mack also returns, after registering 904 yards receiving and 7 touchdowns as a junior. 

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As a team the defense recorded 39 sacks and 8 interceptions, while recovering 12 fumbles. The defense was led by Shaun Bradley.  Bradley had 87 tackles as a linebacker, but will be looking to continue success for the Philadelphia Eagles.  Defensive tackles Ifeanyi Maijeh led the team in sacks with 6.5.  The defensive tackle returns for his junior season.  Harrison Hand was the leader in the secondary with 5 pass break ups and 3 interceptions.  Hand was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the 5th round of the 2020 draft.  

Let us take a look at the Temple schedule for the 2020 season. 

Sept. 5 at Miami

Sept. 12 Idaho

Sept. 19 Rutgers

Sept. 26 at Navy

Oct. 10 at UMass

Oct. 17 USF

Oct. 24 at Memphis

Oct. 31 at Tulane

Nov. 5 SMU

Nov. 14 at UCF

Nov. 21 East Carolina

Nov. 28 Cincinnati

The Owls open the season with three straight non-conference games.  Temple hits the road for the season opener for a matchup with Miami (FL).  Temple returns home for a two game home stand against Idaho and Rutgers.  The last non-conference game is a road contest at UMass during week 6 after a bye week.  Temple should have no trouble going at least 3-1 in non-conference play. 

The projected win total is set at 5 wins.  The Owls return their top 4 playmakers on offense from a season ago.  To go along with their 4 returning playmakers, the whole offensive line are upperclassmen.  The offensive line boasts plenty of experience.  The defense will need some work, with two of their better defensive players being picked up by an NFL team.  However, with Temple having a real possibility of 3 wins in non-conference play, that leaves just 2 wins needed to get to 5 wins.  Temple does play some of the tougher teams in the AAC during the 2020 season.  However, I’m taking the over, as Temple should be able to get 3 wins outside of AAC play, which would leave just 2 wins needed in AAC play. Temple should have a chance to get back to a bowl game, with multiple games on the schedule that could go either way. 

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