The ACC and the AAC will square off in the 2019 Military Bowl. North Carolina and Temple will play on December 27. Here is the 2019 Military Bowl preview.
North Carolina Tar Heels (6-6)
Mack Brown has only been back at North Carolina for one season, but has led his team to a bowl game. Their only win over a bowl-eligible team was over Miami. All six of their losses came to bowl-eligible teams this season.
The Tar Heels score 31.3 points per game, which ranks 49th in the country. They rush for 184 yards per game (ranking 42nd) and pass for 285 yards per game (ranking 25th).
Freshman quarterback Sam Howell has taken the snaps for the Tar Heels this season. He has thrown for 3,347 yards, 35 touchdowns and seven interceptions on 60.3 percent completion. Four wide receivers have at least 200 yards this season for UNC. Dyami Brown and Dazz Newsome both have 947 yards receiving this season, which leads the team.
Two running backs do most of the damage for UNC. Michael Carter leads the way with 919 rushing yards and three touchdowns. Javonte Williams has helped out with 848 yards and five touchdowns.
North Carolina allows 24.6 points per game, which ranks 51st in the country. They allow 149 rushing yards per game (ranking 57th) and 232.6 passing yards per game (ranking 79th). Linebacker Chazz Surratt has been a star on their defense with 110 total tackles and six sacks.
Temple Owls (8-4)
Temple has had another solid season with eight wins. The Owls beat two bowl-eligible teams in Tulane and Memphis. Their four losses all came to bowl-eligible teams.
They score 27.4 points per game, which puts them at 76th in the country. The Owls rush for 142.2 yards per game (ranking 92nd) and pass for 259.8 yards per game (ranking 39th).
Anthony Russo has been starting at quarterback for the Owls. He has 2,733 passing yards, 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions on 58.6 percent completion. Four pass-catchers have over 200 yards for the Owls. Jadan Blue, Branden Mack and Isaiah Wright have all been playmakers for Temple at wide receiver.
The Owls also have two running backs who have picked up a lot of yardage this season. Re’Mahn Davis has rushed for 900 yards and seven touchdowns on the season. Jager Gardner has added 585 yards and five touchdowns as well.
They allow 23.5 points per game, ranking 43rd in the country. Temple gives up 152.3 yards on the ground (ranking 61st) and 212.5 yards through the air (ranking 49th). Defensive end Quincy Roche has been a game-changer for the Owls with 13 sacks on the season.
Temple will use their playmakers on the offensive side of the ball to score just enough to win the game. The Owls will love going up against a team from a big conference and will want it more.
Temple Owls 29 North Carolina Tar Heels 25
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