Free College Football Picks Temple at Army 10-2-10

October 1, 2010


Temple Owls (3-1) vs. Army Black Knights (3-1)

Saturday, October 2nd, 12:00 PM EST

Line: Temple -4

Both teams here carry a 3-1 record. Temple remains as the favorite but they’re headed into a good one against Trent Steelman and the Amy Black Knights. Army’s rushing game is ranked 8th in league when it comes to rushing yards, with 274.8 yards per game. Temple will face their running game along with a versatile quarterback that will probably create a headache among the Owl’s defense. Temple will look to rely on their solid and steady play from their backfield, which has already carried them to three appreciative wins.

Keys to the Games

* The spotlight resonates on Army’s quarterback, Trent Steelman for this small upset. The sophomore has thrown for 233 yards and two touchdowns. When it comes to running the ball, he’s ran for 205 yards and two rushing touchdowns. It’s important to note, Steelman doesn’t throw as much in some games, throwing only four passes in their31-28 in their only loss to Hawaii.

* Temple is coming off a surprisingly solid season this year. Last week, their loss against Penn State came from their troubles in stopping PSU’s running game in the second half, but the overall game proved this team is a group to consider before betting against. Their first three wins came against Villanova, Central Michigan and UConn, so the team should be able to handle Army this weekend. Their defense has also been solid, only letting opponents average 18 points against them this season.

* Army’s second-leading rusher behind their quarterback is Jared Hassin, a sophomore fullback. Army’s unique rushing game has led them to three wins, but a terrible passing game, averaging only 63.3 yards a game. The gameplan has nearly got this team to an undefeated record, and they should create some trouble for Temple this weekend.

This should be a close one if you consider what both of these teams have done this season. They have overachieve most of their expectations and look to prove themselves in this big game. Army will definitely make Temple hustle thoughout this matchup, but Temple will be able to slow down the run to seal a strong win.

Free NCAA Football Pick: Temple -4

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