A couple of recently released numbers illustrates the current state of Temple football these days.
Temple is No. 1 both in the AAC and all of G5 football in terms of transfers out via the portal (15) and No. 119 in terms of ESPN’s 2021 Power College Football Index. The network has the Owls finishing dead last in the AAC.
If you’ve been following this space since the end of a depressing 1-6 season, you shouldn’t be surprised.
Our contention all along is that too many good players have gone out the front door and not enough have come in the back door for the Owls to realistically be favored in more than two games of the upcoming 12-game season.
Not all our friends have agreed with us.
We’re hearing a lot of “now that Rod Carey has his quarterback and can run his system” the Owls will be successful.
We shall see.
When everyone on the outside says you stink and you don’t smell it, it’s probably you, not them.
When ESPN says you are back in the dreaded Bottom 10 (there are only 127 FBS teams, so do the math) and nobody in your league lost as much talent as you did, you tend to listen.
Not since Al Golden did CPR on the Temple program did I ever think we would return to those days.
We are here.
This brings us to another number.
No one in my recent memory–with the possible exception of Montel Harris in 2012–has been expected to make as much of an impact as No. 18, quarterback Duece Mathis. The difference between then and now is that some publications had Harris as the preseason No. 1 player in the ACC (not AAC) before he transferred from Boston College to Temple.
The player Temple is counting on now had more interceptions than touchdown passes in his only duty as an FBS quarterback.
“Well, he’s a big-time SEC guy and Anthony Russo was not,” the contrarions say.
Remember the last big-time Big 12 quarterback Temple brought in, Re-al Mitchell? He was supposed to give Russo a run for his money and he did not look like a starting-level AAC quarterback, let alone a replacement for a top five Temple all-timer. Just because you are the No. 2 quarterback at Iowa State one year doesn’t mean you are going to light it up at Temple the next. My initial feelings after seeing Mitchell quarterback Temple was that we were fucked (excuse the language) without Russo.
That turned out to be true, at least in 2020.
Who’s to say the No. 3 quarterback at Georgia (after things shook out) is better than the No. 2 quarterback at Iowa State?
Now maybe Mathis proves to be a lot better than Mitchell.
He better, but that’s an unfair amount of pressure to put on one young guy and involves probably unrealistic expectations and that’s why the numbers don’t look good for Temple right now.
Whatever the dwindling number of Rod Carey apologists say.
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