Temple University, a school located in downtown Philadelphia, has always been known as a basketball powerhouse. Its “hoops” teams have enjoyed frequent success and have performed well in the tournament known as “March Madness.”
Temple University’s performance on the gridiron has been traditionally poor. Its teams have rarely done well. However, the football culture at this modest-sized university began changing when Matt Rhule assumed Head Coaching duties three years ago.
In fact, last year, in 2014, the Head Coach led his squad to a commendable Won-Loss record of 6-6. The team is a member of the American Athletic Conference (AAC) and the Owls managed to split eight games against conference foes, winning four games and losing four games.
That may have been “a window into the team’s immediate future.” While the 2014 record was modest, it seemed to promise that things were beginning to improve. And improvement is what the 2015 football team is all about.
The Owls began the current season at home on September 5th when they shocked Big Ten Conference stalwart Penn State, winning the contest by a score of 27-10. The Owls “hit the road” for games two and three.
On Saturday, September 12th, the Philadelphia squad upended the Cincinnati Bearcats by a score of 34-26. Then last week, on Saturday September 19th, the Owls traveled north to the University of Massachusetts and beat the home team in a close, hard-fought contest by a score of 26-22.
Three games into the 2015 Season and suddenly powerful Temple University is sporting a Won-Loss record of 3-0. The Owls will have to continuing playing in a superior fashion if they want to chalk up more wins.
Their remaining home schedule includes games against Tulane University of October 10th, the University of Central Florida (UCF) on October 17th, sixth-ranked Notre Dame University on October 31st, the Tigers of the University of Memphis on November 21st and the University of Connecticut on November 28th.
The squad’s remaining road games present what appear to be a number of winning opportunities for the suddenly power-laden Owls. The team will visit Charlotte University on October 3rd, East Carolina University on October 22nd, Southern Methodist University (SMU) on November 6th and the University of South Florida (USF) on November 14th.
In 2014, the Owls received no bowl invitations even though they were bowl-eligible. This year’s team seems primed to surpass last season’s win total. If that happens, it seems certain that the University of Temple’s football team will be playing a game in late December or early January – a bowl game.
If they win more than six games, as seems likely, this team will certainly deserve to play in a nationally televised game.