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Temple Owls vs. Boston College Eagles Prediction and Preview

Boston College Eagles RB AJ Dillon

Boston College Eagles RB AJ Dillon

Old Big East foes will be reunited this week as Boston College hosts Temple this weekend in an ACC vs. AAC matchup. Boston College got off to a good start to the season and is looking to capitalize on its home-field advantage in an attempt to rebound from its first loss of the season in a disappointing game at Purdue last weekend. Temple looks to continue its modest two-game winning streak after dropping the first two games of the year.

Boston College head coach Steve Addazio is going up against Temple for the first time since he left the Owls for the Eagles after two brief seasons in Philadelphia. Like Addazio before him, Temple head coach Geoff Collins came to Temple after being an assistant coach at Florida, and now Collins is looking to thrive with the same grit and defense that worked for Addazio. These two teams have similar approaches to building a winner, but Boston College will hope that its advantage in overall talent and depth will prevent the Owls from flying home with a win this weekend.

Temple at Boston College

Kickoff: Saturday, Sept. 29 at 12 p.m. ET


Spread: Boston College -14

Three Things to Watch

1 Getting the BC offense back on track

After three encouraging games to start the season, Boston College hit a few speed bumps on the road last weekend against Purdue. AJ Dillon was limited to just 59 rushing yards, and quarterback Anthony Brown had his worst game of the young season in a 30-13 loss. For Boston College, getting Dillon and Brown back on track will be the focus on offense this week against a Temple defense that ranks 59th in total defense and has held each of its last two opponents and three of four opponents to fewer than 20 points this season.

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2. Temple’s running game is sluggish, but Ryquell Armstead could have an impact

The Owls enter their road game at Boston College with the nation’s 106th-ranked rushing offense. With just 517 rushing yards and an average of 3.72 yards per carry, Temple could have a difficult time doing much on the ground against a Boston College defense that is stiff, although the Eagles rank just 71st against the run. Armstead is coming off three consecutive 100-yard rushing performances, and Temple needs him to pick up some hard-earned yards to give the Owls a shot.

3. Lots of sacks in store?

Boston College is in some good company among the nation’s sack leaders. BC has amassed 16 sacks, tied for second nationally (behind Oklahoma State) with Clemson and Alabama, and one ahead of Ohio State and... Temple. Wyatt Ray leads Boston College with 5.5 sacks and should be a problem for the Owls.

Temple’s offensive line will have its hands full in trying to slow down Ray and Boston College up front, but the Owls have allowed only three sacks this season so far. Boston College has allowed six this season.

Final Analysis

Boston College saw its bubble burst a bit last week after a 3-0 start. Purdue was hungry after three tight losses, and Boston College was the sacrificial lamb against a starving Boilermaker squad. The Eagles were taken out of their game last week, but now that they're back at home, they should return to the form they showed at the start of the season. AJ Dillon and Anthony Brown will have much more success this week against the Owls than they had at Purdue. Temple could hang around for a while, but Boston College will deliver a knockout punch in the second half.

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Prediction: Boston College 34, Temple 17

— Written by Kevin McGuire, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. McGuire also contributes to College Football Talk and The Comeback as well as hosts the No 2-Minute Warning Podcast. Follow him on Twitter @KevinOnCFB and Like him on Facebook.