Football Preview: UConn at Temple

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The Huskies have made their final trip of the season to take on 1-9 Temple at 7 p.m. in Philadelphia. Can they pick up their first win tonight?

Will this be the game?

Stuck at 0-9, UConn now faces just three games left on its schedule to scratch out a win for the first time this year. Up next is Temple, who currently shares the basement of the American with the Huskies thanks to a likewise winless conference record. Each team holds on to a shred of hope for the remainder of 2013; promise gifted by the play of their respective quarterbacks, each of whom started this season on the bench.

For the Owls, P.J. Walker has tossed 15 touchdowns and only 6 interceptions, while completing 61.6 percent of his passes over six starts. His dynamic ability helped Temple keep pace with no. 18 UCF last weekend in their 39-36 home loss to the Knights, and on the road when it fell to Rutgers and SMU by a combined 13 points.

On the other sideline, redshirt freshman Casey Cochran led the Huskies to three offensive touchdowns in competitive game time last Saturday— the first time that's happened all year. He threw for two of those scores, but also fired a pair of costly interceptions to seal UConn's fate.

Cochran has sworn to stop making those kind of mistakes. If he can follow through, that may be enough to bring home a victory tonight, with Rutgers and Memphis still on tap back in East Hartford. If not, the Huskies will surely be staring 0-10 square in the face.

Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

COVERAGE

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VEGAS, BABY

Temple is favored at every stop by either 7 or 7.5 points.

GET CAUGHT UP

We charted every pass Casey Cochran made in his first career start last weekend against SMU. Find out how he performed here. To catch up on all the news and notes of the week, click here.

WEATHER

Bundle up. 39 degrees and mostly clear at kickoff. Temperatures will drop gradually to the mid-30s. 15-20 MPH winds to the northwest. 15% chance of precipitation.

INJURIES

UConn

Questionable: LB Marquise Vann (knee), OT Kevin Friend (concussion)

Out: S Ty-Meer Brown, (neck), G Gus Cruz (cardiac issue), DB David Stephenson (knee)

Temple

Questionable: TE Chris Coyer (ankle)

PREDICTIONS

Andrew: Temple, 27-23

Mac: UConn wins 13-10, finally picks up a victory in arguably the ugliest game of the college football season. Either that, or Temple wins 43-10, because obviously.

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