College Football: Ohio @ Temple Preview
Ohio @ Temple 8PM EST on ESPN2
Another Tuesday night college football game, this one involving two MAC East teams in desperate need of a win. The interesting thing about the East Division is that both Ohio (2-5, 1-2) and Temple (2-5, 1-3) remain in the division race since first-place Akron has two losses in conference play. Bobcats QB Boo Jackson had his best performance of the season in their last contest, a 26-19 win over Kent State. However, Jackson and the Ohio offense will have its hands full with a Temple defense led by LB Amara Kamara that ranks fifth in the MAC in total defense.
On the other side of the ball, it's a gametime decision as to who will start under center for the Owls. Senior Adam DiMichele missed the loss at Central Michigan due to a shoulder injury suffered in their loss to Penn State, opening a spot for redshirt freshman Chester Stewart. Stewart was 15-32 in the 24-14 loss with one touchdown pass and three interceptions. But whoever takes the snaps will need some help from freshmen running backs Kee-ayre Griffin and Joe Jones if Temple is to win this game.
Al Golden's Owls are dead last in the MAC in all three major offensive yardage categories (total, rush and pass), and will need to accomplish something if they are to win this game. But because of this deficiency, look for Frank Solich's team to win this one on the road and deal the Owls' MAC East hopes a devastating blow.
- Kentucky RB Derek Locke lost for the season.
Locke, who tore knee ligaments in the Wildcats' 21-20 win over Arkansas last week, is out for the remainder of the season. Kentucky, who visits Florida on Saturday, is now without two of its key offensive weapons (WR Dicky Lyons Jr. was lost for the year a week prior) as they enter the most challenging portion of their schedule.
- #14/15 TCU named FWAA/Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week.
Thanks to their 32-7 blowout of then-#9/8 BYU on Thursday, the Horned Frogs were named National Team of the Week by the FWAA and Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. Also nominated for the weekly honor was Texas (a 56-31 win over then-#11/12 Missouri) and Maryland (26-0 home shutout of then-#21/19 Wake Forest).
- TCU DE Jerry Hughes named FWAA/Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week.
The junior from Sugar Land, TX was given the honor due to his outstanding play in the Horned Frogs' 32-7 win over BYU last Thursday. Hughes racked up five tackles (four sacks) on the night, falling one-half sack short of the school record. His four sacks, however, did tie the Mountain West's single-game record. For receiving this honor Hughes has been added to the Nagurski Award watch list. Hughes is the first defensive lineman to be named National Defensive Player of the Week this season.