South Florida 43, OWLS 7 | Tampa, Fla.
No kidding. Electric QB Quinton Flowers played meh at best, and the hosts were never threatened in this game. The team speed – everywhere – was amazing, especially on defense. Brought to neon light all the issues with Temple's offense. Senior LB Auggie Sanchez lived in the Owls' backfield.
2. QB quandary
The Logan Marchi Experiment needs to end, or completely altered. The kid has skills, both throwing and running. But he has absolutely no feel for the game or what's going on in it. Perhaps too much is being put on him. Whatever. A change is necessary – either in scheme or to another guy.
3. O-line is downright awful
Tough call on which is more brutal – the Owls' QB play or the blocking in front of it. This is a unit that has three quality running backs that can line up behind it, not to mention arguably the best fullback in the country, and none of them can produce because there is no where to run.
4. Defense actually played well
Only so many times the guys charged with making all the stops simply run out of gas when they're put under fire almost non-stop. At one point, Temple's offense turned the ball over on four straight snaps. On its side of the field. Maybe the Owls could be a bit more physical on D, but c'mon in this one.
5. Yep, still a winner here
Not a fan, per se, of the white-on-white jersey-pants combo. But the cherry helmet helped ... and, sorry, South Florida, but what the eff is going on with the lime-green face-guards, chrome-gold helmets, all-green unis with old-gold numerals? It's a shades of silliness pajama party.
- Jack Kerwin | email@example.com