Bad news for Memphis fans at the beginning of this video
At the top of reasons to be optimistic about Temple’s chances in Dallas this weekend came a moment during a post-game interview on Saturday.
The sideline reporter grabbed Temple coach Rod Carey and asked him how satisfying the win over a ranked Memphis was and he didn’t skip a beat.
“Great win, but we have a lot to clean up,” Carey said before running off the field.
That got me to thinking. Geoff Collins had a similar moment almost a year ago to the day and I wondered what he said. So I looked it up. After beating No. 20 Cincinnati, Collins spouted this jibberish:
“This is just a tribute to our culture and our players and the love those young men have for each other in the locker room.”
One coach talking nuts and bolts football, another so far in the abstract he reminded you of Marianne Williamson. Carey saw some things to clean up and he was already thinking about getting the bucket, mop, and Pine-Sol out. Collins was patting himself on the back so much he almost broke his spine.
That, to me, in essence, is the difference between Temple football 2018 and Temple football 2019.
Other than that, which was super important, funny how fast things can change in a couple of weeks.
A couple of weeks ago, Temple looked like a vulnerable team for “only” beating ECU, 27-17, on the road and SMU looked like the best team in the league after beating crosstown rival TCU, 41-37.
This looked like a tough spot for Temple and it still might be but what happened since was encouraging. Now things have changed just a little, even though the “public” might not see it. The line opened with SMU as a 6.5-point favorite and is now, last I checked, at 7.5. This time, though, the line tells me nothing. It would be nice, though, if even a fraction of the 25,000 Eagles fans in Dallas this weekend made the short trip to SMU to cheer on their “real” hometown squad.
Tulsa took SMU into overtime in Dallas and then fell flat on its face in a 45-10 home loss to Navy. Tulsa is not as good as we thought it might be nor probably is SMU. TCU has a good brand name but, as a current football team, probably not up to that name after losing, 49-24, to a good Iowa State team last week.
Temple can win this game if it cleans up that little mess it left on the field that allowed a ranked team to come back from a 23-7 deficit.
The fact that Carey spent this week using that mop to do some work instead of scratching his own back with it bodes well for Temple’s chances.
Saturday: Game Day