As has been the custom here over the years, on Monday our post revolves around Game Week.
Note the capital G and the capital W.
This, though, is the first time we’ve been able to post Notre Dame Game Week and that’s a humbling thing.
When you think that Temple and Notre Dame have been playing intercollegiate football since the turn of the century (two turns ago), it’s pretty amazing that the two teams haven’t crossed paths until now. Heck, Temple beat Miami (Fla.), 34-0, in 1934 so it’s not like the Owls have ever left the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
I kind of feel sorry for the 1979 team, which probably could have handled Dan Devine’s 7-4 Irish squad. Temple finished 10-2 in 1979 and lost by only a point to Pitt (10-9), which was ranked No. 1 at the time and led Penn State at halftime in the other loss. Lou Holtz’s 1986 Notre Dame team lost by the same 10-9 score to Pitt, the same year Bruce Arians’ Temple team won at Pitt, 19-13. So I think those Owls would have acquitted themselves quite well.
If the Bulls, Middies and Huskies
proved anything during their
three-hour stays in South Bend,
it is that college football isn’t the WWF
and it’s not fixed
In between, not so much until Al Golden arrived and righted a sinking ship.
Now it’s the 2013 Owls’ turn and I think they will make the university and the players who came before them proud.
Will they win?
That’s to be determined, but the odds makers already have made Notre Dame a 30-point favorite. That could be partially due to Notre Dame’s reputation and partially due to Temple’s reputation, but I think that line is skewed because people are aware of Notre Dame and not all that aware of Temple.
Love the Irish or hate them you are always aware of them. As the son of an O’Connor on one side of the family, I grew up very aware of them.
It’s funny. I was reading one of the many good Notre Dame blogs and one of the guys there wrote: “You either love Notre Dame or hate Notre Dame, there is little in between.”
I must be the little in-between.
I neither love nor hate Notre Dame.
I’m pretty ambivalent.
Geez, I wish Temple football had many of the advantages of ND: A major television deal, a large national fan base, a few best-selling books and top-rated movies about it but it doesn’t.
Does all that mean Notre Dame should win on Saturday?
After all, the game is played on a 100-yard field with 11 guys on each side. The ball isn’t round and it can take some funny bounces.
As South Florida, Navy and UConn have proven since 2009, anything can happen once the ball is kicked off under the watchful eyes of Touchdown Jesus.
If the Bulls, Middies and Huskies proved anything during their three-hour stays in South Bend, it is that college football isn’t the WWF and it’s not fixed. After all, JC is watching and we don’t mean John Chaney (although he’ll probably be watching, too).
Tomorrow: Reaction to the Depth Chart Released Late Today
Wednesday: The new Temple radio team
Thursday: Saturday’s helmet surprise
Friday: Game preview and where to watch with fellow Owls …
Saturday night: Game analysis