Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/20/12

STATE COLLEGE, PA - NOVEMBER 7: Head coach Joe Paterno of the Penn State Nittany Lions stands on the field during warm-ups before a game against the Ohio State Buckeyes on November 7, 2009 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)

The last time Temple beat Penn State Frank Roosevelt was in office, games were filmed in black and white, and Joe Paterno was 15 years old. Don’t look for any of that to change. Penn State nation finally breathes a sigh of relief with its first positive day in months last Saturday against Navy. They look to continue this positive momentum into Saturday. 

With Penn State not having it’s true in-state rival of Pitt to play yearly, Temple has seemed to fill the missing spot. Last year’s game was decided by a mere four points; that won’t be the case in this game.

Bold Prediction #1:

Temple enters the game with a pass offense ranked 122nd, averaging 119.5 yards a game, and just 12 total completions. Chris Royer who actually has more rushing attempts than passing will struggle against this Nittany Lion secondary. In the past two games, this defense has recovered four total turnovers. The combination of the front seven slowing the run game down will produce at least two turnovers through the air.

Bold Prediction #2: 

Allen Robinson will continue his sophomore sensation in the receiving columns. Through the first three games, he has been the favorite target with 322 yards, with four touchdowns, on 24 receptions. Temple does have a respectable defense but the talent level of Robinson greatly outmatches any Owl corner. I expect 8 catches, 100 yards or more of receiving, and two touchdown grabs.

Bold Prediction #3:

Matt McGloin will have the best game of his career, thus far. Under this new Bill O’Brien offense, McGloin has the ability to make shorter, quicker passes to open up the attack down field. Through three games, he has completed almost 60 percent of his passes, for 688 yards, eight touchdowns, and just one interception. McGloin will continue his trend for 270 yards in the air, two touchdowns, and no picks.



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