2012 Schedule: Sugar for hiccups

The 2012 Temple Football schedule released today.

One of the favorite household remedies for a hiccup is spoonful of  sugar.
Temple University’s football team had a few hiccups last year (Toledo and Bowling Green come to mind) and, if the 2012 football schedule released today is any indication, the Owls got an intravenous injection of sugar today that could inoculate them against future similar spasms.
It’s a sweet schedule, with the only hint of bitterness that is is one game short.
As far as I know, the college football preseason magazines come out too late to include a classified section.
However, if Temple was to place an ad, it would look something like this:

HELP WANTED: Large urban university, close to major airport and within easy driving distance of 46 percent of the nation’s population, seeks football opponent for fall of 2012, but not necessarily for a home game. School has been bowl eligible for three straight seasons and has posted record-setting TV numbers for college football in the nation’s fourth-largest market. Have fan base, will travel. Fan base traveled 20,000 to D.C. for 2009 bowl and 6,000 to New Mexico for 2011 bowl. Open dates are Saturday, Sept. 15 or 29th or Saturday, Dec. 1. FCS foes need not apply. If interested, please contact Temple athletic director Bill Bradshaw at bill.bradshaw@temple.edu.

The “official” word out of Temple is that the Owls are quite satisfied to play 11 games this season after the release of the schedule today.
The “unofficial” word out of Temple is that there is still time (albeit not much) to add another opponent.
The trick is finding someone with an open date on either Sept. 15, Sept. 29 or Dec. 1.
Not much luck there, but there are FBS and BCS schools out there who would like to drop an FCS foe for Temple, so there is some wiggle room involved. Selfishly, as a fan who plans my fall Saturdays around Temple football, I’d like to see another game added.
Realistically, though, going with 11 just for this year could turn out for the better.
Whether or not they can find another suitable game for an FCS school is the tricky problem.
That’s what Temple AD Bill Bradshaw will be working on today and into the weeks ahead.
Still, whether this is an 11-game or a 12-game schedule, it is undoubtedly the most exciting schedule of my lifetime.
Even in the Wayne Hardin and Bruce Arians years, when the Owls were playing the 10th-toughest schedule in the country, there was no league title on the line.
When the Owls did finally join a league, the Big East, they weren’t competitive.
Now they have the best of both worlds: Attractive foes week-in and week-out and a good chance to win every week.
They have six locked in home games and bring a competitive team to the Big East right away.
It could be the best Temple football season ever if the Owls focus every week like they did against Penn State and Maryland last year.
No time for hiccups this year.

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15 thoughts on “2012 Schedule: Sugar for hiccups

  1. Nevada and Boise both have open dates for 12/1. Both schools are allowed a 13th game due to the fact they travel to Hawaii this year

  2. I like it, AlbanyOwl.I'd rather play at Nevada, than the blue turf in Dec.Dec. 1 would be good because it would be before bowl announcement Sunday and it would give the Owls some time to rest up before a possible bowl game.Much better than the Sept. dates.Hopefully, BB is working those phones now.

  3. If Im being honest, I would actually rather see the Big East schedule inverted. personally, I'd rather see Temple vs. Pitt, Louisville, Uconn (Live)than USF, Cuse and Cincinnati and Im actually closer to Rutgers at the moment. However, Don't take that as a complaint, as im just extremely excited to even have these teams on the schedule. I would like a 12th game but am ok if the schedule remains at 11. Also, I know that we lost a great group of seniors and a outstanding junior RB but I honestly think we can compete with anyone on that schedule. That includes PSU although I think we missed our best opportunity in a while last year. I think Addazio in his second year will have a better understanding of this team and have them ready to make some noise.

  4. we have enough back on defense (Paulhill, Custis, Levi Brown, Youbouty, Daniels on the line … all starters at times; Gildea at safety; Robey and Jones at corners and Caponegro and Ahkeem at LBs) that we will be in every game with Heater in charge. Offense, the key is QB. We now have a QB. We haven't had one since 2007. We're going to be explosive on offense and stingy on defense. We've got to keep key people (Coyer, Matty and Brandon McManus) healthy, though.

  5. Just curious…but Temple's website says the Cherry and White game is open to everyone. I thought it was a closed event this year. http://www.owlsports.com/news/2012/3/27/FB_0327122945.aspx"The 2012 Cherry & White Spring Game is set for Saturday, April 14 at Lincoln Financial Field. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. Admission and parking are FREE."

  6. WAS closed. Then I wrote a story "My invitation was lost in the mail" (below) and 12 hours after it first appeared (and 888 hits from temple.edu on my site meter), TU negotiated a deal with Lurie. Coincidence? Maybe.

  7. No coincidence mike. You are the Mac!

  8. I might be the MAC, but Daz is The Man if he wins the Big East in his first year. How sweet would that be?

  9. just renewed my season tickets…., box office is not planning on a 7th home game :(….., playing only 11 would be much better than scheduling an away game loss

  10. Wouldn't the extra week be good for this transition season? Just some extra time to recuperate, adjust? I feel OK about Matt Brown (I've been one of the Matt Brown guys for a while), and Coyer…but I still think it would be useful this year (and we can afford it, since we don't need to go undefeated to be a sure-thing for a bowl game now.)Second; I just thought I'd pipe in and thank you for providing such a great site. Over the last couple of years TFF has been my go-to for temple football (I've posted under a diff name), and you can definitely see an increase in people posting. Now that Temple has made the BCS jump, I imagine it's going to get even more crowded.

  11. 1) Thank you for the kind words.2) Temple doesn't schedule anticipating a loss. I think Temple would struggle at Boise State (even though BSU is totally gutted by graduation) but would be very competitive and probably win at Nevada (if they don't get MAC refs).3) Half my brain (the irrational part) says to get another game so that I'm not twittling my thumbs on three Saturdays. The other half says it probably would be better to transition with an 11-game sked. It's a 50/50 ball. If it's at Nevada, I'm up for the challenge. If it's at Vandy, I'm up for the challenge. If it's 11 games, I can hope for good weather and go jogging those days, listening to the other BE games on my old-fashioned transitor radio.

  12. A BYE week before PSU and before USF is perfect for our first year back in the big east. This way there are no trap games looking ahead to Penn State or our first home conference game. We should be 100% focused on these two games that will set the tone for how the rest of the nation looks at Temple Football. I agree that I would rather be watching Temple play, but these 2 extra weeks of preparation will be essential and come at the perfect time. Great work as always Mike!!!

  13. thanks, michael. I've never understood the concept of "letdown" as it relates to college football, yet it does happen (Exhibit A, Toledo).I mean, you work your ass off 365 days for those 12 games and you should play Toledo and Bowling Green with the same fire as you light for Penn State and Maryland.You are only asked to "bring it" for 12 games, not 162.Now Toledo was a good team, but 36-13 good?No way.All (a lot of) the Temple players were quoted as saying they were feeling full of themselves after Maryland and that's why they lost their edge against Toledo.Then Daz said he was going to run the next week's practice like Marine Boot Camp and it paid off.If that's what it takes, I hope Daz runs 12 weeks of Marine Boot Camp during the season.Things like bye weeks in this case do help.Beating Penn State would be a huge statement message for this program but beating South Florida after beating Penn State would send a message that this is a program, not a one-year wonder.

  14. that was the 2007 PSU game and they photoshoped fake end zones into the picture. Don't know why because there were great photos of 65 percent of the people wearing Cherry (really, not photoshoped) in the 2011 game with real end zones much better painted than the photoshoped one. I used the real 2011 photos in many of my posts below. If you get to the bottom of the page and don't see it, click "older posts" at the bottom of the page.

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