Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Big East and Temple by the numbers

Temple's $10 million addition to its $7 million practice facility nears finish line.

It's a great week to be a Temple Owl.
Not only did Temple Board of Trustees member Lewis Katz (and two others) get a bargain-basement price on the two Philadelphia newspapers, the Temple football team has been practicing pretty much injury-free in front of a palatial $10 million addition to an already relatively new $7 million football facility.

That facility should be done by the start of summer practice.
A few weeks later, a thorough beatdown of Villanova should be done as well.
The Philly papers went for $500 million in 2006 and Katz purchased the same property (same printing presses and massive River Road property in Conshohocken but less a few employees, your humble correspondent included) for $55 million Monday.
Not a bad time to do some numbers crunching with regard to Temple's football prospects in the Big East this fall.
News flash: While the Big East is a significant step up for Temple, the Owls are not joining the SEC.
According to the two best indicators of team strength in college football, Temple is coming into the league pretty near the top end of the remaining members.
Sagarin (USA Today) had Temple finishing the 2011 season ranked No. 30 in the country, with only Cincinnati (No. 28) ahead of it and the Owls finishing ahead of Rutgers (37), South Florida (47), Louisville (64), Pitt (68), UConn (73) and Syracuse (83).
Realtime RPI.com had Temple ranked No. 37, behind only Cincinnati (24) and Rutgers (30). Louisville was 53, Pitt 64, 'Cuse (83, again) and UConn 89.
I think Temple will be significantly better this year. The Owls have nine guys returning who have started games on defense in the past. That, and the superb coaching of defensive coordinator Chuck Heater, will keep them in every game. Explosive plays downfield by players like quarterback Chris Coyer, RB Matty Brown, WR Deon Miller and TE Alex Jackson should put enough points on the scoreboard. It's going to be hard to replace defensive end Adrian Robinson and linebacker Stephen Johnson, but a good program does those kind of things routinely.
Temple has proven to be a good program over the last three years by the only numbers that matter (won/loss ratio) and there is nothing in the numbers going forward that suggest a change any time soon.
While the competition will be a little better than the MAC, the hard numbers by unbiased sources like Sagarin and Realtime suggest it is nothing the Owls can't handle.


Da M Nels said...

Why did Temple switch the defensive linemen to TE?

Temple Football Forever said...

Depth. They've got plenty of it along the DL, not much at TE (where Alex Jackson is NO. 1 and Cody Booth is No. 2). Jackson has a history of back problems and the thought process is to have a fallback plan at TE.

Males sense to me.
In Daz We Trust ....

Temple Football Forever said...

err, that's makes sense, not males sense.

Northern VA Football Owl said...

people are saying CC is having a great Spring..., is it in reference to throwing the football or just being a QB and running the offense?

Temple Football Forever said...

Both, he's making a lot of nice long deep throws and he's really taking charge of the offense out there. Malcolm Eugene is emerging as a potential superstar WR to compliment the "Plaxico Burress-like" 6-6 Deon Miller.
I see the Owls stretching the field and opening some huge holes for MB when CC goes back to pass and then hands off on the draw.

Northern VA Football Owl said...

lol..., Wayne Hardin was the coach the last time i saw us run a draw...

Temple Football Forever said...

It's a staple of the "true" spread. Having Chester and Gerardi didn't allow Daz to run it last year.
LOVED the wraparound draw Hardin used. Heck, I wish Daz would bring back the Hardin shovel pass at the goal line. It's like a running play only if the ball comes loose, it's usually ruled an incomplete pass and not a fumble.

Upton Owl said...

I hope we are not underestimating how special BP was. I am hoping for the best, but I keep sensing 6-5 or 5-6 unless a true difference maker emerges. IMO, BP was much more important than Golden and Addazio in the turnaround.