PHILADELPHIA — Temple coach Steve Addazio can see the Owls making progress, even as the wins have dried up.
The Owls' 3-2 start, which included the program's first Big East winning streak, has faded with three straight losses.
They suffered a second-half collapse against Rutgers, were dominated from the start in a 30-point loss to Pittsburgh, then had a first-half tight battle turn into a rout in last week's 45-17 loss to Louisville.
Temple's three early victories put them in a position to still qualify for a bowl — with the season quickly winding down and no wiggle room for another loss. The Owls (3-5, 2-3 Big East) will try to get their season back on track Saturday against Cincinnati (6-2, 2-1) at Lincoln Financial Field.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — No. 7 Florida has one final shot to get to Atlanta.
And the Gators have no control over the scenario.
Coach Will Muschamp's team, which hosts Louisiana-Lafayette for homecoming Saturday, needs Auburn to upset Georgia later in the day to win the Southeastern Conference's Eastern Division and clinch a spot in next month's league title game.
So Florida (8-1) plays, then watches. That could be a recipe for disaster against the Ragin' Cajuns (5-3). But the Gators insist that won't be the case, especially when they recall what happened last year against lower-division Furman.
Florida came out flat last November and fell behind 22-7 at home before rallying. The scare still resonates with players.
The Gators have won 49 consecutive games against teams outside the six Bowl Championship Series conferences.
INDIANAPOLIS — Wisconsin is used to playing in big games.
Indiana is about to get a crash course in learning how to handle the pressure.
After winning two straight Big Ten games, the Hoosiers (4-5, 2-3 Big Ten) are suddenly preparing for their biggest game in five years. With a win Saturday, Indiana would be just two wins away from playing in Indianapolis for the Big Ten crown.
A victory in Bloomington clinches a second straight spot in the league title game.
Things haven't gone according to plan for the Badgers. They're coming off a bye week following a rare home loss in which they rushed for just 19 yards, and they must decide who will replace the injured Joel Stave at quarterback.
PISCATAWAY, N.J. — If this had been an ordinary week, No. 23 Rutgers would simply be looking to bounce back from its first loss of the season.
But this hasn't been an ordinary week — or two — in New Jersey. And so while the Scarlet Knights (7-1) certainly want to get on the field and win again, no question, they also want to provide a little distraction from Superstorm Sandy for their state.
They'll get a chance to do both against Army (2-7) at High Point Solutions Stadium Saturday.
A 35-23 loss to Kent State two weeks ago preceded the superstorm by two days, and then this week, as Rutgers prepared for the Black Knights, a Nor'easter dumped more than a foot of snow in the region.
-- The Associated Press