|Louisville wide receiver DeVante Parker had two touchdowns last week against Cincinnati. (AP)|
Kickoff: Saturday, noon ET (ABC)
Spread: Louisville by 15
Watchability: This one could arouse some interest, at least. The Louisville defense has been suspect against the run, and the Temple offense, well, pretty much only runs. But, eventually, the game will probably get out of hand.
Shining stars: Temple -- RB Montel Harris. The senior transfer from Boston College is leading the Owls in rushing, and has been steadily improving. There were high hopes for Harris in his first season with Temple, and although he hasn't been spectacular, he has been effective. Last week against Pittsburgh, he had 72 yards on 18 carries with a score in a Panthers blowout win. Louisville -- QB Teddy Bridgewater. It doesn't matter who Louisville plays from here out, Bridgewater will be the best player on the field. He has been dominant, leading the Cards to an 8-0 record. He's passed for more than 2,000 yards with 14 touchdowns and just four interceptions.
Who could steal the show: Temple -- K/P Brandon McManus. This isn't just a snarky comment. McManus is one of the top kickers and punters in the country. Now, of course he will likely be punting more than kicking field goals. McManus can be responsible for flipping the field and giving Temple a chance by winning the field-position battle. Louisville -- WR DeVante Parker. One of these days Parker is going to go wild. He's big, fast and showed his game-breaking ability last week against Cincinnati. But he hasn't been as dominant as he's capable. This weekend against the Owls is a chance for Parker to build on his breakout play last week.
You going? Ranking the road trip: Louisville has two remaining home games, so if you're a Cards fan and haven't made it to Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, time is running out. Or you can just save your pennies for the Sugar Bowl.
Magic number for Temple: 26. Although it has been rough sledding at times this season for the Owls, Temple has a school-best 26 wins over its past three seasons. The Owls likely won't make that number 27 Saturday, but they are certainly trending in the right direction.
Magic number for Louisville: 9. The Cardinals have a chance to run their record to 9-0 for the first time in school history.
The game comes down to: Scheme. Having coached together at Florida for two national championships, Charlie Strong (defense) and Steve Addazio (offense) have an idea of what to look for Saturday. Even if Addazio somehow gets the schematic advantage on Strong, the Owls will have a lot of trouble winning this one. Still, they can keep it close if they're able to be effective on the ground.
Prediction: Louisville 35, Temple 17
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