TU football is in the BE to win

*Tentative TUFB schedule:
Villanova
Maryland
@ Penn St
@UConn
Syracuse
Rutgers
@ Louisville
Cincinnati
@ Pitt
South Florida
@ Army
*Need 1 more game

I was somewhat dismayed to read a distinct minority view of Temple football from a former Temple basketball great.
Now that the Owls are officially in the Big East (noon today), you are going to get naysayers from throughout the league but I thought our own people knew better.
The guy, who shall remain nameless but shares the same first name as I do, posted on his Facebook page:
“What if Temple doesn’t make a bowl game for seven years in the Big East?”
“Huh?” I wrote back. “Have you seen a Temple football game in the last three years? Temple’s chances of making a bowl increase, not decrease, in the Big East.”
“I don’t see how you come to that conclusion,” he replied.
Simple.


We are now officially a BCS blog.

 The Big East has more (and better) bowl tie-ins than the MAC and a 6-6 BE team is guaranteed of going to a bowl. An 8-4 MAC team is not guaranteed of a bowl game, as we’re all painfully aware of here.
Then there is the competition element.
Even with Penn State in a “down” year like it was last year, do you see Rutgers or Cincy or Louisville giving the Nittany Lions the kind of game Temple did last year?
No.
Had Temple played Chris Coyer, MVP of the New Mexico Bowl and 5-0 as a Temple starting quarterback, in the PSU game, the Owls win that game by double-digits.
There is no doubt in my mind about that.
The Owls have Coyer for two more years.
West Virginia, which had been the flagship program of the Big East for a long time, struggled to a 37-31 win at Maryland.
Temple went down to Maryland, took a 31-0 lead at the half and coasted to a 38-7 win. Had Steve Addazio not subbed his third-team defense in, Maryland would not have scored on its final drive. Had Addazio not taken three knees inside the Maryland 1 to close out the game, the final score would have been 45-0.
Yeah, 45-0.
That’s the kind of guy Addazio is. He won’t rub it in the noses of a defeated foe (unless that foe is Villanova next year; he gets a pass on that one).
Rutgers and Army fought tooth and nail to a 6-6 tie at halftime before the Scarlet Knights pulled that one out, 27-13. Temple had a 32-14 lead on Army at halftime and won, 42-14. The Owls also took knees deep in Army territory to avoid the half-century mark in that game.
Ask the Army players if Temple is ready for the Big East.
Temple has a national championship SEC coaching group, led by Steve Addazio, who was head coach (that’s right, head coach) at Florida (for three months) and an SEC defensive coordinator in former Florida DC Chuck Heater, who was 11-0 at Utah as a DC and had the Owls ranked only behind Auburn and LSU in scoring defense last year. Both Addazio and Heater were high-level coaches on Florida’s last national championship team.
There’s enough empirical evidence out there to suggest Temple is Big East ready. Ready enough to win a Big East championship right away?
Too early to tell and the answer to that question could depend on a number of factors, including injuries at key positions.
Still, if you don’t think Temple can’t at least compete and win in this league RIGHT NOW, you don’t know football.
Right now is the time to make money off the doubting Thomases and other-named folks who don’t think Temple can make a bowl game out of this league right away.

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17 thoughts on “TU football is in the BE to win

  1. forgot to mention we beat BE champ and BCS participant UConn by 2 tds 2 seasons ago

  2. thanks, SuperLarz.UConn fans before the Fiesta Bowl said "but this isn't the same UConn team that lost to Temple."Yeah, right.And I guess that No. 23 that got tuned up by J. Jarrett and got the ball stolen from him by Adrian Robinson wasn't the same Jordan Todman, either.Give me a break.

  3. Temple has a tough schedule for the next few years. There are very few off weeks like in MAC when playing lower-tier schools. I think it's great and I'm ready for this team to perform at the highest level.

  4. Temple has a tough schedule for the next few years. There are very few off weeks like in MAC when playing lower-tier schools. I think it's great and I'm ready for this team to perform at the highest level.

  5. Congratulations to all Temple fans (including myself). Although the Big East is clearly the least of all the automatic conferences, it's still a step up. BTW, Temple on the smurf turf? I can't wait!!

  6. When can we expect the 2012 football schedule to be released? This stuff is taking foreverrrrrrrr.

  7. When can we expect the 2012 football schedule to be released now? This is taking forever…

  8. Actually it was exactly the same uconn team that temple beat. That's why they let the players play the game, it moves the subjectivity of drunk undergrads with empirical evidence of whose the better team. Btw, anything even sniffing of defending randy edsel's competence as a head coach is highly suspect. I really hope he lasts at MD, I'd like to bank a couple of BCS wins.

  9. soooo the News Conference was not streamed live on the Big East website like they said it would (wasting an hour of my night). At least Comcast Sports Net had a nice 20 minute segment on how the Big East will help Temple Football, Basketball, and Academics. It was good to see Dan Klecko, Michael Bradley, and Co. give props to the Owls.

  10. Great day for Temple. And a great day for you Mike. I found this blog when your famous "Bowling Green post" made its way around the internet. I love my Gamecocks but Temple is a very close second. Not sure if I've seen a more loyal fan/blogger than you. I don't care what circumstances conspired to make this happen. It's absolutely the best case scenario for the Owls. Yes, the landscape of college football will likely change in the years to come, but to miss this train would have likely consigned Temple to the back bench permanently.

  11. The Villanova fans on VUHoops.com are having a fit. They've been insulting all the other schools in the Big East trying to act like they are above it. It's maddening, in a funny way. Congrats Temple! I hope this is the first of many next steps towards a stronger national profile. Cheers.

  12. thanks, all.I think our quarterback, Chris Coyer, said it best today."It's a great day to be a Temple Owl."I will sleep tight with this thought:Chris will be a big part of many great days very soon for the rest of us Temple Owls as will Matty Brown, Khalif Herbin, Deon Miller, Levi Brown, Anthony Robey and the rest of the Owls.

  13. The way I understood it a few months ago, is that Montrell Dobbs was not allowed to transfer to a BCS school. Hence the reason he choose between Temple and Marshall after being ruled academically ineligible. Do you know if he will be allowed to play at Temple now that we are a BCS team, Mike? Or am I interpreting it wrong?

  14. The question regarding Dobbs was that there was some "wiggle room" for him to be eligible to play for a non-BCS school if he could get through the NCAA clearinghouse. The direct quote from Daz was that "we don't know" if he can get eligible for 2012. Now all doubts are off. He won't be eligible and will have to pay his way for one full year to Temple, THEN if his grades are up to snuff, will be eligible for 2013. I hope he hangs in there because he can play at this or any level.

  15. gotcha… well then that scares me that once he gets his grades in the right direction, he can go back and sign with UConn for 2013; considering Temple no longer gives him an advantage of playing this season.

  16. Wow —- Great move for TU and Mike love the new TFF banner at the top! way to usher in a new beginning. What a schedule for next year gonna be some good tailgates great games and maybe some TFF road trips???? Love that psu game, Maryland, RU, AND PITT would be great to smack all of them…#temple

  17. who could the 12th game be against?? Maybe a MAC, would love another ACC. Could be interesting.

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