The theme -- The Owls play a 4-3 defense with dual personalities. There's the one that kept Navy, UConn and Northern Illinois to respectable totals. Notice also the one that Bowling Green, Buffalo and Army abused for a total of 127 points. The team's stats are pretty skewed. Temple leads the MAC by giving up only 188.1 passing yards per game, but the Owls have played mostly running teams (UConn, Buffalo, Army, NIU, Navy). That said, the Owls' so-so stats against the run are better than they look. Temple particularly digs in its heels on third down, with opponents moving the chains only 35.1 percent of the time. This is a young team. I mean really young. Three juniors start, the rest are freshmen and sophomores.
Key players -- Defensive tackle Terrence Knighton seems to make the biggest plays. He has recovered three fumbles, including one he returned for a touchdown last week to defeat NIU. Defensive back Dominique Harris leads the team with 49 tackles.
How Akron can score -- The Owls will be pretty good in a few years. For now, Akron should be able to impose its will and play its own game, regardless of the Owl defense's strengths or weaknesses.