2021-09-11
TEMPLE
AKRON
League : NCAAF

AKRON vs TEMPLE Prediction & Preview



 

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The Temple Owls and the Akron Zips will meet in game 2 of their season on Saturday afternoon from InfoCision Stadium. Both teams were properly beaten in their season openers.

 

Temple's error-laden opener

Season form

 

Temple were thrashed in their season opener 61-14 by Rutgers, a bad start to a season they would have been desperate to start well after 2020. Temple managed just 261 yards of total offense along with five turnovers.

“It was bad as we could possibly play,” Temple coach Rod Carey said. “Five turnovers on the day. Spotted them 26 and climbed our way back into it and gave up some more on some easy stuff. Not anything positive out of that in all three phases and got to get back to work and fix them.”

QB information

D'Wan Mathis managed 148 yards with an interception. He finished 8 of 24, with a rate of 33.3 percent. In the third quarter, he had to exit the game to get his ankle taped and finally left the game entirely.

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Akron in need of desperate turnaround

Season form

 

Still early in the season but the Zips will not take too much confidence from a 60-10 thrashing at the hands of Auburn in the season opener. Akron did not score until the fourth quarter.

“Being able to come back and finish that game and win the fourth quarter, that was something that was really important to us,” coach Tom Arth said. “I thought DJ Irons came in and really provided a great spark for our entire team and especially for our offense.”

As reported by AP: "Akron turned to Kato Nelson at quarterback after he missed last season following shoulder surgery, though coach Tom Arth had stayed mum on his starter during the week. Nelson and the Zips offense were stymied. He completed 9 of 14 passes for 62 yards."

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