Can we now finally say the “S” word when it comes to Temple football?
(No, we don’t mean the first letter in the last name of the hero of the Pravda crowd who was finally and justifiably kicked off the Temple Fan Facebook page today. Expect more to follow in future weeks if they follow that guy’s smug and sarcastic lead.)
For weeks we’ve been avoiding it because this coaching staff could not be trusted and was not following the simple but tried and true principles of winning at Temple that have been outlined in this space for the last five years: Run the ball, control the clock, play defense, great plays on special teams, explosive plays in the play-action passing game.
The “S” word we’re talking about here is Sweep.
Yes, it’s just two games in the regular season and a game in the post-season but a sweep would turn this disaster of a Temple football season into another S word: Success.
Embracing the principles outlined here after year two made Matt Rhule a multi-millionaire and it seems, off a 35-24 win at Cincinnati on Friday night, Geoff Collins has moved a step closer to cashing in on his fortune.
There was more running the ball, more play-action, and more good plays on special teams in this one game than we have seen all season.
Let’s face it: Central Florida is going to win the AAC title whether it beats Temple or not next Saturday at noon. However, it will be another “S” word if the Owls become the lone team to hand the Knights a loss:
It could happen.
Florida teams do about as well in the cold as Temple teams have done in Florida in September and October historically.
The Cincinnati team that Temple dominated on Friday night lost in overtime to an SMU team that gave UCF a great game in the warm-weather state of Texas last week.
Forget the fact that the coaching staff failed Frank Nutile (and their own kids and fans) by not starting him from the jump, all that can be done now is think about the future.
The future with Frank and the staff embracing these tried and true Temple football winning principles can be describe with another “S” word:
One week at a time and an 8-5 season is now not the longshot it appeared to be two weeks ago.
Monday: Fizzy’s Corner
Wednesday: Geoff Collins Unplugged
Friday: Our Annual Tribute To The Seniors
Sunday: UCF Game Analysis