With an extra week to prepare for the EagleBank Bowl, Temple head coach Al Golden had his players watch more film than Ebert and Roeper.
Though the Owls’ were unsure of their opponents just as long as the Bruins were, Temple was able to get a head start on UCLA.
“He’s had us going through different phases of practice, getting prepared for these guys,” Temple defensive tackle Andre Neblett said. “We know they have to travel over here, and we’re already here, and that just gave us extra opportunities to watch more film on these guys, learn what their weaknesses are.”
The Bruins, though, have essentially moved past the film work and into the fun stuff.
“We installed all of our stuff last week, and it’s a long time to prepare for a bowl game,” Paulsen said. “Right now it’s about making sure we know the ins-and-outs of everything we’re doing. Making sure everything is really sharp. Practice is practice, and we’re going to be hitting. But the mindset going in to these practices is more about mental sharpness rather than physically building yourself up.”