The Notre Dame Fighting Irish made an improbable run in 2012 to the BCS national title game, taking on the Alabama Crimson Tide. However, the Irish were beat up on big time and heading into the 2013 season, they still have a lot to prove under head coach Brian Kelly. Finishing 12-1 with a ton of top-25 victories is good, but they want to shock the world once again.
On the other side of the field, the Temple Owls run out a 4-7 team from 2012. They finished the season with a below-average squad and could potentially finish with a better record than they had from last season. Returning eight guys on offense is a good start. they are hoping new head coach Matt Rhule will lead this team in a new direction.
Notre Dame returns five starters on offense, but one of those is not sophomore quarterback Everett Golson. The freshman phenom ran into a bit of trouble in the offseason and finds himself on the sidelines for the entire 2013 season — at least. Tommy Rees is taking over an average offense that is returning just one skill player in wide out TJ Jones.
Temple averaged just 322 yards of total offense last season, including about 80 more rush yards than pass yards per game — almost unheard of. They are starting a new quarterback in Connor Reilly and the Owls will surely be a rebuilding offense.
The Notre Dame defense was one of the best in the nation last year. In fact, it ranked second nationally in points allowed per game and seventh in total defense. It’s returning eight starters on that side of the ball and will likely be a top defensive power once again. The Owls, on the other hand, were a poor defensive unit. They allowed over 430 yards per game, but they are returning leading tackler and sophomore linebacker Tyler Matakevich.
Temple will be traveling to Notre Dame to take on the Fighting Irish at 3:30 p.m. EST on Saturday, Aug. 31. The game will be broadcasted on NBC.
PREDICTION: Temple 3, Notre Dame 31