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PSU vs. Temple game breadown: Owls' offense not major threat

September 21, 2012 - Cory Giger
OFFENSE

PSU: WR Allen Robinson is team's breakout player so (24 catches, 4 TDs), and defenses are sure to start keying on him. Look for continued emergence of TEs, especially Kyle Carter (11 catches) as QB Matt McGloin adjusts to teams doubling up on Robinson.

Temple: QB Chris Coyer has thrown 29 passes in two games. McGloin threw 26 in the first half of PSU's opener alone. RB Matt Brown averaging 88 yards rushing, Coyer 67. Top WR has only four catches. This isn't the kind of offense that should give PSU trouble.

Advantage: Penn State

DEFENSE

PSU: Lions have forced four turnovers in each of past two games. Navy presented very little passing threat last week, and so does Temple. This gives secondary another game to get some experience and build more confidence heading into Big Ten play.

Temple: Owls gave up 36 points to Maryland. At home. Some of that was because offense turned it over three times, but that doesn't validate PSU players saying this week that Temple has best defense they've played so far. Owls usually tough against run.

Advantage: Penn State

SPECIAL TEAMS

PSU: The place-kicker watch will continue until Sam Ficken proves he can deliver. He missed another extra point last week and surely took it as bad sign when O'Brien didn't call on him on fourth-and-goal from 8. P Alex Butterworth (37.3 average) still a concern.

Temple: Temple traditionally has strong special teams, and this year is no exception because of senior Brandon McManus. He's 4-of-5 on FGs, although with a long of only 40, and he's excelled punting, averaging 46.2 yards. He could be big factor in field position.

Advantage: Temple

COACHING/INTANGIBLES

PSU: Bill O'Brien has win No. 1 out of the way, and don't look for him to change his aggressive ways. Decision to go for it instead of kicking short FG last week was odd, but O'Brien is an offensive-minded coach, and he's going to show trust in the unit.

Temple: Steve Addazio has done a nice job continuing what Al Golden established at Temple, which is to make the Owls a tough, respectable opponent each week. Still, Temple hasn't beaten PSU since 1941, and while last was close, this one shouldn't be.

Advantage: Penn State

PREDICTION

The Owls, who have just 12 completions in two games, don't throw the ball effectively enough to give the Lions a serious threat. Penn State 30, Temple 13

 
 

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