So Temple Football fans, is this season already over?
At the beginning of the season you probably expected Temple to have a 3-1 record coming into Saturday’s important match-up with Big East foe Boston College.
Well folks, a loss to Toledo, a postponed game with Connecticut and a bad loss in Bowling Green leaves this promising team with a 1-2 record.
Now, with the most games ahead, the question turns from can this team make a bowl to what to do to turn this season around?
It all begins with the start of the Big East schedule, and a game against Boston College Saturday at 4 p.m. (Comcast Sportsnet.)
Boston College was a bowl team last year. They won the Aloha Bowl 31-7 over Arizona State. To say this is a big game is an understatement.
“Motivation? How can you have more motivation now than we’ve got,” coach Bobby Wallace said. “Does motivation win big games? My personal feeling is that talent wins big games.”
So a team in Temple’s position must now play with the same desperation shown in the beginning of the season when they were playing for to stay in the Big East.
“We’re still searching for some answers in trying to run the football,” Wallace said. “We have to be able to run the football better and defend the pass better.”
Tanardo Sharps agrees that the running game could finally get started against Boston College.
“We will work on spreading their defense out, so that they can’t stack the box and stop the run,” Sharps said.
It will need to for this season to turn around.
On the defensive side of the game most has gone well except for some mental lapses late against both Toledo and Bowling Green.
Senior defensive end Raheem Brock exemplifies what the defense stands for. He is a warrior on the field and will look to motivate this team on Saturday.
“We started talking of our goals, and what we have to do to accomplish them, that we have to be more aggressive on defense,” Brock said.
Wallace’s team has not given up on the season and the chance of a bowl.
“Right now we are in a good position, a lot of teams in the Big East have already lost two games,” Sharps said.
Only Miami, Virginia Tech and Boston College have winning records coming into the biggest part of the schedule. All of those teams went to bowls last year and should this year.
The others bottom teams Syracuse, West Virginia and Pittsburgh, all have two losses like West Virginia and Pittsburgh made bowls last season.
“We lost two important games already, we won one important game,” Wallace said. “We’re trying to get six (wins), every game is important.”
It all starts with one on Saturday.