College Football
Preview
Cincinnati at Temple
When: 12:00 PM ET, Saturday, November 29, 2014
Where: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Midway through the season, Temple probably figured it would have a postseason berth sewn up long before their its final home game of the year. But the Owls have been in a major tailspin and still need one more victory to become bowl eligible as they prepare to close out their home schedule Saturday afternoon against Cincinnati. The Bearcats are trending the other way, having won five straight to remain in the hunt for the American Athletic Conference title.

The Owls are coming off a much-needed bye following a dreadful effort in a 30-13 loss to Penn State. Temple has lost four of five games since opening the season 4-1 and faces a daunting challenge against a Bearcats defense that held Connecticut to a paltry 129 total yards in a 41-0 drubbing last week. "We've got our foot in the door to either win or tie for the championship," Cincinnati head coach Tommy Tuberville told reporters.

TV: Noon ET, ESPNews. LINE: Cincinnati -6.5

ABOUT CINCINNATI (7-3, 5-1 AAC): The final three games — bowl contest included — could hold plenty of significance for Bearcats quarterback Gunner Kiel. The redshirt sophomore has been sensational in his first year as the starter and is approaching a pair of school records, having racked up 27 touchdown passes — our shy of the record — and 2,646 yards through the air, which leaves him 897 shy of the mark. "I definitely fulfilled my dream of playing college football and got in and threw some touchdowns," he told reporters earlier this week. "But I also made a lot of mistakes."

ABOUT TEMPLE (5-5, 3-3): If the Owls hope to have any chance of beating Cincinnati and keeping their bowl hopes alive, they'll need to figure out how to score some points. Temple comes into the contest averaging just 14 points over its previous five games — and that won't fly against a Cincinnati wrecking crew averaging better than 37 points on the season. "They are dynamic on offense," Temple head coach Matt Rhule told KYW Newsradio. "They have four great receivers, a tremendous offensive line, and Gunner Kiel is ... setting a bunch of records right now."

EXTRA POINTS

1. If Cincinnati wins out, it would register its second straight nine-win season under Tuberville.

2. Kiel has thrown three or more touchdown passes six times so far this season.

3. Temple QB P.J. Walker has thrown three TD passes and 10 interceptions in his previous five games.

PREDICTION: Cincinnati 24, Temple 10
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Cincinnati 7-3 W5 37.3 28.4 4-1 3-2 1-1 0-0 5-1
Temple 5-5 L2 26.1 19.3 3-2 2-3 4-4 0-1 3-3
Last Meeting
Cincinnati Temple
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
10/11/13 TEM 20 CIN 38 475 205 270 376 176 200
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Cincinnati B. Kay 83.8 270 2 0
Temple P. Walker 54.5 200 2 1
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Cincinnati T. Green 18 91 5.1 2
Temple K. Harper 10 72 7.2 0
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Cincinnati A. McClung 7 86 12.3 2
Temple Z. Williams 3 51 17.0 0
Touchdowns Player TD
Cincinnati T. Green 2
Temple J. Fitzpatrick 1
Season
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Cincinnati G. Kiel 59.9 2646 27 11
Temple P. Walker 53.2 1866 12 14
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Cincinnati R. Moore 107 502 4.7 5
Temple J. Thomas 76 376 4.9 0
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Cincinnati M. McKay 33 604 18.3 7
Temple J. Fitzpatrick 41 625 15.2 6
Touchdowns Player TD
Cincinnati M. McKay 7
Temple J. Fitzpatrick 6
Quickchart Matchup
Cincinnati Off vs  Temple Def
473.8 yards
364.4 yards
4.8 yards/rush
3.9 yards/rush
8 yards/attempt
6.5 yards/attempt
Temple Off vs  Cincinnati Def
308.7 yards
451.3 yards
3.7 yards/rush
4.8 yards/rush
5.9 yards/attempt
7.6 yards/attempt