2015 NCAAF Bowl – Temple vs Toledo game preview

– Temple and Toledo are set to collide at the Marmot Boca Raton Bowl on Tuesday night. These schools are familiar with each other because the Owls spent 2007-2011 in the MAC. As of early this morning, most books had Temple installed as a 2.5-point favorite with a total of 49.

– Temple (10-3 SU, 9-4 ATS) has enjoyed one of the best seasons in school history, winning 10 games for the first time since 1979. The Owls won the AAC East, beat eight opponents by double-digit margins, including Penn State, knocked off four bowl-bound foes and nearly upset Notre Dame. Then they were able to retain Matt Rhule for a fourth season after his name drew consideration from more than one Power Five school.

– Temple has been a single-digit ‘chalk’ just once, losing outright at South Florida. The Owls’ only other defeat came in a true road game against Houston at the AAC Championship Game. The Cougars captured a 24-13 win over Temple as 5.5-point home favorites. In the losing effort, P.J. Walker threw for 287 yards and one TD, while Robby Anderson snared 12 catches for 150 yards.

– Walker, the true junior QB who has started since early in his freshman year, has completed 56.9 percent of his throws for 2,736 yards with a 19/7 TD-INT ratio. For his career, Walker has a 52/30 TD-INT ratio, 7,137 passing yards, 841 rushing yards and eight rushing scores. His favorite target in 2015 has been Anderson, who has 64 receptions for 873 yards and seven TDs.

– Temple junior RB Jahad Thomas enjoyed a breakout campaign, rushing for 1,257 yards and 17 TDs while averaging 4.7 YPC. He also has 22 catches for 216 yards and one TD.

– Toledo (9-2 SU, 8-2-1 ATS) is looking for its first 10-win season since 2001. The Rockets will attempt to attain that goal with new head coach Jason Candle, who has been on the staff since 2009. Candle was promoted to offensive coordinator in 2012 and has now been given the head-coaching gig following Matt Campbell’s departure to Iowa St. earlier this month.

– Toledo senior QB Phillip Ely has connected on 54.9 percent of his passes for 2,680 yards with a 21/10 TD-INT ratio. Corey Jones is Ely’s favorite target. The diminutive speedster has 52 receptions for 535 yards and four TDs. Cody Thompson has 33 catches for 706 yards and four TDs, while Alonzo Russell has 33 receptions for 586 yards and five TDs.

– Junior RB Kareem Hunt leads the Rockets in rushing yards (894) and touchdowns (10) with a 5.5 YPC average. Terry Swanson has run for 870 yards and seven TDs while averaging 6.6 YPC, while Damion Jones-Moore has 404 rushing yards and five TDs while averaging 5.0 YPC.

– Toledo has been an underdog twice, winning outright in both instances at Bowling Green (44-28) and at Arkansas (16-12). The Rockets have another Power Five win vs. Iowa St. (30-23 in overtime), in addition to scalps of bowl-bound foes like Arkansas St. (37-7) and Central Michigan (28-23).

– Temple’s defense is led by senior LB Tyler Matakevich, who won the Bronko Nagurski Award for the nation’s top defensive player. Matakevich tallied 126 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, five interceptions, five passes broken up and one QB hurry.

– Temple ranks 16th in the nation in scoring defense, giving up 19.2 PPG. The Owls are 17th in total defense and 20th against the run.

– Toledo has won five of the last six head-to-head meetings against Temple, including a 36-13 win as eight-point road underdogs back in 2011.

– The ‘under’ has cashed in three in a row to improve to 8-5 overall for Temple. The Owls’ games have averaged 49.9 PPG.

– The ‘under’ is 8-3 overall for Toledo, which has seen its games average combined scores of 56.4 PPG.

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