- Associated Press - Thursday, November 12, 2015

No. 21 Temple (8-1, 5-0 American, No. 22 CFP) at South Florida (5-4, 3-2), 7 p.m. (CBS Sports)

Line: Temple by 3.

Series Record: Temple leads 1-0.


Temple can clinch American Athletic Conference Eastern Division title. The Owls are unbeaten on the road (5-0) and have been ranked in the Top 25 four consecutive weeks, the longest stretch in school history. South Florida has won four of five and need one more victory to become bowl eligible for the first time since 2010. The Bulls haven’t defeated a ranked opponent since 2011.


Temple’s conference-leading defense led by linebacker Tyler Matakevich against USF’s balanced up-tempo offense that’s made strides the past five games since sputtering during a three-game skid against Florida State, Maryland and Memphis. The Owls are holding opponents to 335.3 yards and 18.4 points per game. The Bulls have rushed for 240-plus six times and have topped 440 yards total offense four times.


Temple: RB Jahad Thomas leads the American in rushing, averaging 107.8 yards, and needs 31 to go over 1,000 yards for the season. QB P.J. Walker threw for 268 yards and four touchdowns and also ran for a TD in last week’s 60-40 victory over SMU.

South Florida: RB Marlon Mack led the conference in rushing as a freshman last year and is No. 2 behind Thomas, averaging 104.4 this season. Dual-threat QB Quinton Flowers has thrown for 1,446 yards, 12 TDs and six interceptions, while also rushing for 657 yards and seven TDs.


A win sends Temple into the inaugural American championship game on Dec. 5. … The Owls won the only previous meeting between the teams 37-28 in 2012. … USF hasn’t beaten a ranked opponent since 2011, when the Bulls beat Notre Dame (No. 16) on the road in 2011. The last home win over a ranked team was in 2009 against West Virginia (No. 20).



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