Linebacker Chequan Burkett knows Temple will give them their best shot when the teams meet on Saturday in Philadelphia.
The Owls are the defending American Athletic Conference champions, but are in the midst of a rebuilding year under new head coach Geoff Collins. They've been playing better as of late having won two in a row against Navy and Cincinnati. At 5-5, they need one more victory to become bowl eligible.
"They're definitely an improving team," Burkett said. "They had a rough start at the beginning of the year, but they're definitely catching their groove. One more game and they're bowl eligible. I'm sure they'll come out hyped for that. They're the defending champs. They still have athletes from last year."