USF at Temple, noon Saturday, Ch. 28, 98.7-FM, 1010-AM
Temple (1-2, 0-0 Big East) is coming off a bye week, playing its first game back in the Big East and celebrating homecoming, though the Owls have averaged just 28,016 in two home games. Owls RB Matt Brown averages 181 all-purpose yards per game, handling kickoff and punt returns in addition to being Temple's top rusher. Turnover margin is a consistent vulnerability for USF (2-3, 0-1) — the Bulls are among the nation's worst teams at minus-1.6 per game, while Temple leads the Big East at plus-1.3 in its three games. USF should have a chance to jump out to an early lead — Maryland did so in leading 26-3 before allowing the Owls back within two points in the closing minutes, and Penn State led 21-3.
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Bulls WR Andre Davis has been drawing double coverage ever since his breakout game at Nevada. Can the Bulls find the deep-threat connections that produced three touchdown passes over 50 yards in that game? And is this the week USF gets its first interception of the season? Temple QB Chris Coyer is a careful passer, with just one career interception thrown in 107 attempts.
Greg Auman, Times staff writer