Temple-UConn Preview Capsule
UConn (6-5, 4-3 American) at No. 25 Temple (9-2, 6-1, No. 25 CFP) , 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
Line: Temple by 12 1/2.
Series Record: Temple leads 10-5.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
For Temple, a trip to the conference title game is on the line, while UConn is looking to build on an already successful season. Temple controls its destiny to the American Championship game. A win - or a USF loss - clinches the East Division of the American Athletic Conference for the Owls and their first 10-win regular season in school history. UConn became bowl eligible for the first time since 2010 last week. The Huskies can improve their bowl destination with a win.
Temple QB P.J. Walker and RB Thomas vs. UConn's defense. Walker, Temple's junior signal caller, has passed for more than 2,000 yards for the third straight season while Thomas, also a junior, has his first 1,000-yard rushing season. Temple has done well controlling time of possession this season, but turnovers could be key. And UConn has a defense that leads the American in interceptions.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Temple: LB Tyler Matakevich is a Connecticut native that leads all active tacklers in FBS. He also has five interceptions this season, a new single-season record for linebackers.
UConn: CB Jamar Summers is third in the nation and first in the American in interceptions with seven interceptions on the year.
FACTS & FIGURES
UConn hasn't fared too well against AP Top 25 teams. The Huskies are 3-23 in games against AP Top 25 teams . Robby Anderson needs four catches to have a 50-catch season. He would be the seventh player in Temple history to reach the 50-catch plateau . Walker needs 29 yards and four TDs to reach the career-highs in the respective categories. Walker would also rank send all-time in Temple history in those categories.