Projected 2017 record and S&P+ ranking: 8-4 (67th)
Biggest strength: A defense that ranked 17th in Passing S&P+ returns most of an awesome secondary.
Biggest question mark: Part of that pass defense was an incredible pass rush; will the loss of Hassan Reddick and three other excellent pass rushers lead to a little bit of regression or an outright collapse?
Biggest 2017 game: I couldn’t decide between two — the Sept. 21 trip to USF and the Sept. 30 visit from Houston will define whether Temple is looking for another conference title or simply looking to reach six wins.
Summary: Geoff Collins takes over as head coach for a Temple program that has completely changed its expectations and capabilities over the last decade. It’s hard to imagine Temple avoiding a step backwards in 2017, but the exciting young pieces Collins inherits should be ready to thrive by 2018.