Temple (1-1) at Penn State (1-2)
When: 3:30 p.m. today
Where: Beaver Stadium
Series: Penn State leads 30-3-1 (seven wins vacated because of NCAA sanctions)
Last meeting: Penn State won 14-10 last year (win vacated because of NCAA sanctions)
Coaches: Temple — Steve Addazio, second season, 10-5; Penn State — Bill O’Brien, first season, 1-2
TV: ABC (Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham)
Radio: WQWK 1450, WBUS 93.7 (Announcers: Steve Jones, Jack Ham)
The skinny: With Pitt off the schedule until 2016, Temple represents Penn State's only in-state opponent. Notice the r-word missing from that statement? Hard to call a series where one school hasn’t defeated the other since 1941 a r-i-v ... Insert the word at your own discretion. Temple has raised its stock in recent years, losing its last two games to Penn State by a combined 13 points. ... Penn State quarterbacks coach Charlie Fisher, an Allenwood native, served as the Owls' offensive coordinator from 2000-01. Secondary coach John Butler and strength coach Craig Fitzgerald attended the Philadelphia Catholic League's La Salle College High School. Penn State red-shirt freshman defensive end Deion Barnes is from Philadelphia. Temple quarterback/wide receiver Kevin Newsome started his college career at Penn State. Temple safety Justin Gildea hails from Hollidaysburg and his father and sister attended Penn State.
Owl to watch: Levi Brown — No, Penn State's former offensive tackle hasn't returned to college football. This Levi Brown is a 6-foot-2, 300-pound nose tackle from Bethlehem. He will try to clog running lanes.
Nittany Lion to watch: Garry Gilliam — Something tells us the ‘Y’ tight end might play a bigger part in the passing game. Watching Gilliam block is entertaining. He’s only caught one pass through three games.
Key matchup: Temple passing offense vs. Penn State secondary — This has the makings of a confidence-building afternoon for the Nittany Lion secondary. Temple has completed just 12 passes through two games. Running might not get the Owls anywhere against Penn Statw's front, so talkative corner Stephon Morris and his friends should receive opportunities to make big plays.