Matt Rhule on being 6-0 … 7-0 would be off the charts (literally).
If there was ever a book to be published about this Temple football season, I am pretty sure the title would be “Leave No Doubt” but, like most books, there has to be a subtitle and that would be “What’s Next?”
This season is so good, so far, that it needs two titles. I must admit, I haven’t seen the “what’s next?” part until recently, but here’s what’s next.
The book is a work in progress, but the next task is to write Chapter 7. Temple has never been 7-0. That is something worth balling for, worth squeezing every extra ounce of energy and effort to achieve.
The Owls have been playing this game since 1898—the school has been in existence since 1894—and they have never started the season 7-0. For all of the talk about how important this game is from an AAC standpoint or getting ESPN Gameday here standpoint, doing something that no team has ever done in the history of the school should be the most important thing now.
You play the game to win championships, but three hours of superb play can cement this team’s legacy into the Temple record books forever. That should mean something. It should mean everything.
Every guy who ever put on the Cherry and White uniform can root for that. It’s been a wall no one could break through and a wall that is there right in front of the team right now.
Forget the AAC. Forget about the implications surrounding a possible NY6 Bowl. Forget whatever bowl game the team might be selected for. Forget Notre Dame. Those things are really too far down the road to worry about now. Forget even ECU. Two nights from now should be all about Temple. Seven wins and zero losses is a goal that has never been achieved at Temple. This is a goal right in front of the Owls, three hard hours of football away, and, they should play like rabid Mad Dogs on every play. Capital M and Capital D. Protect the football, play great defense and special teams and make plays on offense.
If they do that, they can at least look in the mirror and say they gave it their best shot and accept whatever the outcome Thursday night.
Tomorrow: Game Plan Wednesday