The Temple University Owls are either enjoying the warmth of their dorm rooms or playing in the snow. Whatever the case, we know Bernard Pierce won't be anywhere near the practice field.
Off on Saturday, the Owls will return to action in prime time against Ohio University this Wednesday night on ESPN. The game figures to be the most important of the season for the Temple.
After injuring his hamstring two weeks ago and sitting out the entire week of practice leading up to the Bowling Green game, Bernard Pierce ran for a touchdown and over 100 yards against the Falcons, but did so in very clear pain.
Coach Steve Addazio updated Pierce's status Friday, refusing to comment on whether or not Bernard would play, but confirming that he will be held out of practice.
Though the coach was unable to comment, Pierce is nonetheless assumed to be available for Temple's crucial matchup with Ohio on Wednesday. How effective Pierce will be or whether he'll have his typical breakaway speed are questions remain a matter of speculation.
The junior running back and the leader of the Temple offense has said multiple times this season that he is determined to prove to both himself and his doubters that he can play an entire season without succumbing to injury.
We'll be back on Wednesday to preview Temple-Ohio and break down Temple's hopes of winning the MAC East and/or qualifying for a bowl game.
As has been the case the past for two years for the Owls, their MAC title hopes could rest on the how they handle Ohio.
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For the fourth year in a row, Villanova was picked to win the Big East in the league's preseason coaches' poll.
The Wildcats received eight of the 10 possible first-place votes in the poll, which was released on Wednesday and doesn't allow coaches to vote for their own teams. Seton Hall and Xavier received the other two first-place votes.
Villanova finished the 2016-2017 season with a 15-3 record in the Big East, good for first place in the conference, and capped it off with the Big East tournament crown.
The Wildcats finished last season with a 32-4 record overall and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
The team returns two starters from last season, including forward Mikal Bridges, who was picked for the All-Big East second team, and point guard Jalen Brunson, who was selected as the 2017-2018 Big East Preseason Player of the Year. Brunson's averages of 14.7 points and 4.1 assists led him to an All-Big East first team selection in 2016-2017.
Sophomore guard Donte DiVincenzo, who averaged 8.8 points and 3.8 rebounds per game on his way to making the Big East all-freshman team, is another returning player that will play a big factor for 'Nova. The Wildcats also add freshman forward Omari Spellman to the mix after he redshirted last season. Spellman was picked in the coaches' poll as the preseason Freshman of the Year.
Jay Wright's squad tips off the 2017-18 season on Nov. 10 against Columbia.