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February 19. 2013 4:32PM
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Temple is searching for answers vs. Cincinnati

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.


Florida faces ULL, then pulls for Auburn


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.


Hoosiers are ready for big game with Wisconsin

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.


Rutgers hopes to be a distraction vs. Army


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




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