Temple Owls: The Trendy Pick To "Upset" UCLA

Just want to make sure everyone out there following Bruins and our football team are taking note of the following observations. From the nationally syndicated Sports Network:

If the Owls can put enough pressure on Prince and keep his receivers from catching easy passes Temple will have a good shot at picking up its first bowl win in 30 years. But the Owls will also have to get significant production from the passing attack in order to keep the UCLA defense off balance.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Temple 24, UCLA 17

Also from the Sports Illustrated:

Final analysis: UCLA's offense has struggled all season, and freshman quarterback Kevin Prince is recovering from a shoulder injury suffered against USC. Prince has been throwing and looks like he will play, but it is doubtful he will be 100 percent. Temple held six opponents during its nine-game win streak under 20 points and should be able to stand up to a Bruins' offense ranked No. 99 nationally in scoring. Temple's best shot is to grab an early lead and wear down UCLA with its strong running game. UCLA may be deeper and more athletic, but the edge in motivation should push Temple over the top.

The pick: Temple 20, UCLA 17.

EagleBank: UCLA (6-6) vs. Temple (9-3) -- Al Golden thinks UCLA interviewed the right coach but hired the wrong one. Winner: Temple

Sure hope the coaches and players are making note of all these "observations."

UCLA may be a 4 or 5 point "favorite" heading into Saturday but after hearing about the drama coming out of Spaulding and reading the coverage from last couple of weeks right now it sure feels like its the Owl's game to lose. Really hope our coaches and players are taking all of the feedback in and come out focused and determined, and ready to make a definitive statement on national television. A well played game resulting in a solid win will do wonders for Bruins heading into Neuheisel's third season. We need this win and we need it more badly than the Temple Owls.


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