The Bearcats are heading to Philadelphia on Saturday, but not to see the Liberty Bell. They will be facing Temple University on the football field for the first time since 2003. The Owls football team is the newest edition to the Big East for the 2012 season. This will be the Bearcats’ first shot at the Owls since they joined the conference. With the way the season has shaped up, it looks to be an entertaining match up.
The 6-2 Bearcats will start the game with uncertainty at a key position on offense. Last week, Cincinnati fans saw Butch Jones pull his starting quarterback, Munchie Legaux, out of the game. He was replaced by senior Brendon Kay who went three for three for 32 yards and one touchdown to lead the team over Syracuse. Legaux has struggled in his last few outings and Jones has not been shy about the idea of auditioning his other quarterbacks for the job.
This week in an interview, the head coach said that he would not reveal his starting quarterback choice until closer to game time. He said it would be whoever the right fit was for the game plan. So Bearcat fans will have to wait in anticipation to see who will lead their team into Temple Owls’ territory. The only thing they do know for certain is it will be between the junior Legaux, the senior Kay, or the lesser known junior Jordan Luallen.
Temple will be entering the game 3-5, losing their last game to Louisville 45-17. The Owls season has been less than stellar and they are looking to get anything going. The team has yet to string together four full quarters of football in any of their outings. The defensive line will have to step up their game if they want to find any success in this game.
The Bearcats have faced off against the Temple Owls 14 times in the schools’ history. Though UC has won the past two meetings, Temple holds the lead in the all-time record at 9-4-1. They have also only lost once on Lincoln Financial Field. UC looks to hand them their second loss in the series in Philadelphia and all stats point to a Bearcats win on the road.