NCAA 14 Predicts Temple vs. Johnny Manziel in Sugar Bowl

NCAA 14 Predicts Temple vs. Johnny Manziel in Sugar Bowl

Bernard Pierce NCAA 12 screenshot via TheGamingTailgate // Manziel thumbnail cover via Aggieland Outfitters

Summer blows.

It consists of Rick Reilly using a 17-year-old's Twitter account to semi-accuse Chris Davis of using PEDs ... and, you know, Ryan Braun actually using PEDs.

Thankfully, we're only five weeks away from getting another sport back into our lives -- one defined almost entirely by cheating the system! North and South Carolina kick things off at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 29, and things pick up locally when Penn State meets Syracuse at Metlife Stadium and Temple travels to Notre Dame on Aug. 31.

As they do every year, CBS Sports has posted the results of the 2013 college football season using a simulation from the NCAA 14 video game. This, you may have heard, will be the last college football game produced by EA Sports to actually carry the letters "NCAA" in the title.

And this year's version of the game either thinks a whole lot of a Temple team that went 4-7 last year and is now under the control first-year head coach Matt Rhule, or not very much of the American.

-- Your first American Athletic Conference Champion? It's the Temple Owls, who will go 9-3 overall and 6-2 in the AAC.

Well, surely one of those losses is to...

-- But what about Louisville? Well, the Cardinals finish 6-2 in conference play as well, but that includes a 27-20 loss on the road against Temple in early October.

Worth noting in this conversation is how I've decided to name the button that dispenses water from my refrigerator "Teddy." Teddy Fridgewater.

Hey! 9-3, huh? OK, where's that get them?

-- Texas A&M (11-2) wins the West Division and beats Georgia (10-3) 49-32 to win its first SEC title. Johnny Manziel finishes fifth in the final Heisman balloting. Apparently having a similar season but adding a SEC championship wasn't enough for the voters.

Sugar Bowl: Texas A&M beats Temple, 37-27.

Football! Johnny! Johnny Football!

As for the Penn State Nittany Lions, who after a rough start finished 8-4 in Bill O'Brien's first year as coach, how will they fare (wearing these new jerseys)?

-- Bill O'Brien's second season in Happy Valley isn't as happy, as the Nittany Lions finish 5-7 overall and win only two conference games.

That said...

-- Your reminder that this is a video game and not real life: Illinois goes 8-4 with wins over Penn State, Wisconsin and Northwestern. Oh, and Northwestern follows up its 10-win season in 2012 with a 3-9 record in 2013.

For the full simulation results, see below:

>>The 2013 season according to NCAA Football 14 [Eye on College Football]

[h/t Temple News head honcho Joey Cranney]

Future Eagle (?) Latavius Murray posts workout with Carson Wentz on Instagram

Future Eagle (?) Latavius Murray posts workout with Carson Wentz on Instagram

Could the Eagles be interested in signing another top free agent running back named Murray?

No, not that guy. 

Oakland/Los Angeles/Las Vegas Raiders running back Latavius Murray.

Murray posted a picture on Instagram of the soon-to-be free agent working out with Carson Wentz with the caption "im just here to help."

"im just here to help"

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It's no surprise the Eagles can stand to upgrade their running back corps this offseason — as several mock drafts have suggested. Could Murray be the answer?


Instant Replay: UConn 64, Temple 63

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Instant Replay: UConn 64, Temple 63

Temple’s roller coaster season continued with a new low on Sunday afternoon.

The Owls, who led nearly the entire way, allowed UConn guard Jalen Adams to make a reverse layup with 2.9 seconds remaining in a 64-63 loss at the Liacouras Center.

Shizz Alston Jr. missed the potential game-winning shot from half court as time expired.

Turning point
The Owls (14-14, 5-10 AAC) looked like they might avoid blowing a 10-point lead after Quinton Rose responded to Rodney Purvis’ game-tying three-pointer with a three of his own to give them a 63-60 lead with 2:32 left.

However, the Huskies (14-12, 9-5 AAC) responded with a pair of free throws from Adams before he snaked his way into the lane with the clock running down for the game-winner. The layup gave UConn its seventh win in the last eight games.

Big men on campus
The Huskies were led by Rodney Purvis’ game-high of 18 points on 7 of 14 shooting. He also added five assists. 

Adams shot just 5 of 13 for 13 points, but connected with the game on the line. He also chipped in five assists and five boards.

The Owls received a jolt Sunday from their young players, as freshmen Damion Moore and Alani Moore II scored a combined 22 points on 9 of 10 shooting. 

In a solid all-around effort, Temple’s Daniel Dingle scored 17 points, with six boards and six assists. Alston Jr. contributed 11 points, six assists and 5 rebounds.

Inside the box score
• After making 5 of 9 shots from three-point range in the first half, Temple finished the game 7 of 21 from deep.

• UConn's Kentan Facey had a big game in the first matchup between the two teams with 23 points and 10 rebounds. On Sunday, the senior was held to eight points and four rebounds after dealing with foul trouble in the first half.

• Temple couldn’t find any room inside, as the Owls lost the points in the paint battle 26-16.

History lesson
With the win, UConn improved to 9-7 in the all-time series. The victory was the Huskies’ third straight in the series.

Up next
The Owls will continue on a three-game homestand Wednesday at 7 p.m. against UCF.

UConn will stay on the road and play at Houston also on Wednesday.