Primetime College Football: Chippewas vs Owls
This game goes down on the ESPNU network and it features Central Michigan University Chippewas taking on the Temple University Owls at Lincoln Financial Field.
The Mid American Conference champions Central Michigan got off to a good start under new head coach Dan Enos as his Chippewas defeated Hampton 33-0 this past Saturday. The Chippewas have owned the MAC over the previous four seasons, winning three of the last four league titles.
Coach Enos wasn’t the only thing new for the Chippewas as they where moving forward without college footballs all time leader Dan LeFevour in combined touchdowns. The Chippewas new quarterback sophomore Ryan Radcliff, 20-34 242 one touchdown, also had an impressive debut. Kito Poblah is the top returning receiver and started the season off right with 4 catches and 45 yards. Central Michigan got major contributions from its ground game from the likes of Paris Cotton, 94 yards one touchdown, and Carl Volny, 52 yards one touchdown.
The Chippewas defense also had an impressive debut for coach Enos as they forced two turnovers and held Hampton to 80 yards in the air.
The Owls season opened with a thrilling victory over Villanova in the Mayor’s Cup. Al Golden’s squad needed a 43-yard field goal by Brandon McManus in the final seconds of regulation and on the ensuing kickoff the Owls returned a fumble, giving them a 31-24 decision. The Owls have won six straight home contests and with a victory over Central Michigan would tie a school-record of seven consecutive victories.
The Owls got a better showing from last years quarterback Chester Stewart, 200 yards one touchdown on 16-of-27, as he connected with Michael Campbell, 8 catches 127 yards and one touchdown. The ground game also showed up for the Owls as Bernard Pierce, 75 yards, and Matt Brown, 54 yards one touchdown, helped Temple display a real balance attack on offense.
The Owls defense was nothing to report about especially in the run game where they allowed 4.3 yards per carry. Defensive end Adrian Robinson recorded 5 tackles and one sack.
This will be the third meeting between these two schools as Central Michigan holds a 2-0 edge over Temple that includes a 24-14 victory over the Owls back in 2008.
PICK: Temple University Owls