Temple Owls – A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Basketball Season

Temple University is a large, urban college with its main campus located in the city of Philadelphia PA. By large I’m talking between undergrads and folks pursuing graduate school an enrollment in the vicinity of 40,000 students.

In addition to the main campus (which features a large number of commuters) there are a couple of satellite locations in the Philly suburbs…but Temple also provides a handful of international sites where one can get an education in various areas of study.

Sports fans know the name Temple for its basketball teams. In fact practice for the upcoming Owls hoop campaign has just begun. Also known locally as the Cherry & White (school colors), Temple alumni, staff and students all eagerly await the leaves turning into various other colors Autumn provides because that means another season of continuing their tradition of winning basketball is beginning.

But a funny thing happened on the way to Temple’s basketball season…the football team.

The football Owls visited and defeated East Carolina last evening by a score of 24-14. The numbers for Temple football are more importantly now these…they are nationally-ranked for the first time since 1979…they possess a record of 7-0, a mark never before achieved by a Temple football squad in 121 years…and their next game is against nationally-ranked Notre Dame on Halloween Night in Philadelphia before a national television audience.

Basketball is gonna have to emotionally sit on the sidelines for at least another week.

I like most Philly area fans waited until now to “publicize” this team even though they started the season defeating Penn State in rather convincing fashion. The main reason at that time to stay low-key about the Owls was Penn State just isn’t Penn State anymore.

But then they went to Cincinnati as an underdog and won. And they’ve kept on winning. They win games late. They don’t panic. They have a quarterback in P.J. Walker who is getting more confidence with each victory and they have a running back in Jahad Thomas who is one of the country’s top rushers. Linebacker Tyler Matakevich heads one of the better defenses in the nation and literally is in on every tackle. I am not kidding…you can watch this guy every time the other team has the ball and see him involved at the end of each play.

The Irish of Notre Dame are 6-1 and have this weekend off…a full two weeks to prepare for their visit to Philadelphia after defeating USC 41-31 last Saturday. They should be more than ready to provide the Owls with all they can handle. Depending on which poll or power ranking one looks at Notre Dame is certainly the clear favorite.

But they’re coming to Philadelphia. On Halloween Night. On national television.

Many in the Philly crowd will be rooting for Notre Dame because they have a much longer, much richer tradition of winning football games with alumni and fans who travel anywhere and everywhere to see them play.

But they’re coming to Philadelphia. On Halloween Night. On national television.

You see where I’m headed with this…?

Jeff Sagarin is a statistician who has for years provided his uniquely-developed computer calculations and ratings of various sports teams. His durability in the field of competitive athletic analysis alone is why I usually find myself checking his rankings when I’m interested in forecasting the outcome of a sporting event (for amusement only…of course). He’s considered one of the leading analysts in the business.

Before last night’s game at East Carolina Jeff had Temple rated as the 50th best college football team in the country.

He had Notre Dame 9th.

The Irish will indeed be the favorite to come East and find a way to clip the Owls’ wings…dashing the hopes of an awful lot of people – locally and globally – who want to see just how far this historic Temple team can fly.

I read somewhere real owls have very large wings for their body size. This apparently provides them the chance to fly very slowly, gliding near the ground and affording them the advantage of sneaking up on their prey.

Temple’s football team no longer has the opportunity to sneak up on anyone. They’ve made too much noise now. Notre Dame will know a great deal about them in the additional time they have to prepare for the Owls.

But they’re coming to Philadelphia. On Halloween Night. On national television.

I have a feeling the Irish best be well-prepared.

For while real owls don’t have teeth…these Temple Owls do.

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About sportsattitudes

I'm Bruce. Born, raised and still outside the City of Brotherly Love. Managed (so far) to visit a dozen of our United States and Canada (twice). Addicted from birth to Television/Movies/Sports. Took three years of French and got credit for two of 'em.
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4 Responses to Temple Owls – A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Basketball Season

  1. garym6059 says:

    Yeah what is going on with them! They didn’t hire Andre McGee to help with recruiting did they? Hopefully they can kick ND in the teeth, I’ll be rooting for them!

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    • The great thing about Notre Dame being the opponent is there are no shades of grey/gray with them. I find fans love or hate them. I’m betting on Halloween that Temple becomes “America’s Team” (outside of Notre Dame fans…) if only for one day.

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  2. SportsChump says:

    Speaking of owls with teeth, here ya’ go.

    You’re welcome.

    Liked by 2 people

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