Notre Dame Game Week

Remarkably, the weather should be hotter on Saturday than all but one of the Temple practices so far.

Remarkably, the weather should be hotter on Saturday than all but one of the Temple practices so far. Owls better bring the pickle juice.

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.

Click on photo for five upset specials.

Click on photo for five upset specials.

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?
It shouldn’t.
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

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4 thoughts on “Notre Dame Game Week

  1. What is awful about Saturday’s game? Win and everyone will say that ND is going to have an awful season. Lose and ESPN will barely show it on sportscenter.

    Of course either outcome can change through out the season but come Saturday night I see only the two options being a possibility.

  2. Nothing awful at all about playing Notre Dame, IMHO. Most of the guys like Corso and Herbstreit have them winning 10 or more games so, if by some miracle Temple wins, they will have to say Temple is good or lose credibility. You can’t have it both ways. You can’t say ND is going to win 10 and then say ND sucks. I’m realistic. I think the Owls give a presentable game, like PSU last year, without the PSU bonehead coaching decisions of a year ago. Will that be enough? We’ll see.

    • playing ND is great for TU football, regardless of the outcome. the exposure and the revenue are both huge! Rhule has our kids playing loose and fast…, this Temple will be the opposite of last year’s team – they will be better with each. hint on helmet surprise?

  3. The Temple team that we will see on Saturday will be playing loose and for fun. That will pay BIG dividends against Houston in a week, which is the more important game.

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