Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE
The Owls' offense had a breakout game against Army and should have good opportunities Saturday against Syracuse.
The Temple Owls host the Syracuse Orange on Saturday, closing out the regular season for both teams. At 4-6, the Owls will be denied a winning season, but they could put together back-to-back wins as they finish up.
Temple posted a 63-32 win over the Army Black Knights in Week 12. Montel Harris rushed for 351 yards and seven touchdowns, both career highs and Big East records. He should have good opportunities against Syracuse, who is giving up 146 rushing yards per game.
Temple's defense yielded 495 yards in the win, and a performance like that is likely to cost them against Syracuse. The team is ranked 15th in the nation in passing, averaging 309.5 yards per game. Ryan Nassib has put together 3,404 yards for this season, with 23 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
Of the 36 meetings between the two teams dating back to 1944, Syracuse has won 25. The Owls have done better recently, splitting the last four games in the series with the Orange.
Game Time: 11 a.m. ET
Television Coverage: ESPN2
Odds: Syracuse favored by seven