Local college football agendas
Facts and figures about Temple at Tulane and Villanova vs. Liberty.
Temple at Tulane
When: Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Yulman Stadium, New Orleans
Radio: WPHT (1210-AM)
Records: Temple 5-6, 3-4 AAC; Tulane 3-8, 2-5
History: The only meeting was in the inaugural Sugar Bowl, in 1935. Tulane won, 20-14.
About Temple: Owls lost at home to Cincinnati, 14-6 . . . They've lost three straight, and five of last six. Every team that's beaten them is bowl-eligible . . . Offensive line has had its issues, which has impacted QB P.J. Walker and the running game . . . Won first two road games, at Vanderbilt and Connecticut.
About Tulane: Green Wave was off last week . . . Have lost four of its last five . . . Is 2-3 at home . . . Scored 13 points combined in last two games . . . Tanner Lee threw for a career-high 301 yards in last game . . . Ranks 12th nationally with 27 takeaways . . . Freshman CB Parry Nickerson leads the AAC with six interceptions . . . Red-zone defense ranks sixth in nation . . . They have 24 seniors, 16 more than Temple, which has the fewest in FBS.
Liberty at Villanova
What: Second round, FCS playoffs
When: 4:30 p.m Saturday
Where: Villanova Stadium
TV: ESPN3 Radio: WIP (610-AM)
Records: Liberty 9-4, Villanova 10-2
History: Villanova leads, 3-1. This is the first meeting since 1994. Liberty is 0-2 here.
About Liberty: Flames are making their first appearance in NCAA playoffs . . . They won on road last week at James Madison, 26-21 . . . Former Nebraska QB Turner Gill is in his third season as coach . . . D.J. Abnar has rushed for 1,235 yards and 15 TDs . . . Josh Woodrum has passed for 2,765 yards and 19 scores . . . Darrin Peterson has 80 catches for 1,276 yards and 12 TDs . . . Senior S Jacob Hagan has 96 tackles, 60 solo . . . John Lunsford has made 16 of 21 field goals.
About Villanova: Wildcats, ranked fifth, had opening bye . . . Both losses were by one, at FBS Syracuse in double OT and at Richmond . . . QB John Robertson is responsible for 43 TDs (nine rushing), with only three interceptions. Led two last-minute scoring drives, both on road, including at Delaware . . . LB Don Cherry has 112 tackles.