Recently, we’ve been accused of “obsessing” with the Notre Dame game.
I plead guilty of this so-called obsession, but I don’t think too much emphasis can be placed upon this one moment in Temple football history.
There are a few reasons:
- It’s the next game and you take them one at a time. (We’ll probably obsess about Villanova the week before that game.)
- Most people think Temple will “take a step back” this season. A win over ND would do a lot to debunk that notion.
- Eyeballs. This game will be on the bar in every tavern in the country.
- It’s a long walk through the scheduling desert to get to 2024 and that is the next “national” name opponent on the Temple schedule: Oklahoma. While there are some interesting regional opponents, like Boston College and Maryland and Rutgers, none hold the cache of Notre Dame or Oklahoma and probably none will for another seven years.
- Seven years. That’s a long time. Does Pat Kraft strike you as a person who is seeking rid the Owls of the Bucknells and the Idahos and schedule more national games? I didn’t think so.
- Nothing would give the Owls credibility with the Joe Philadelphia Subway Alumni fan as beating Notre Dame and this is likely their last shot to do so.
The Owls have done a lot since Al Golden took the job over a decade ago. They have soundly beaten an ACC team (Maryland) and a SEC team (Vanderbilt) and a Big 10 team (Penn State). They’ve been to two AAC title games, winning one. They have not beaten Notre Dame. Beating Notre Dame on NBC National television during the first week of the season and that’s the kind of promotion that money cannot buy—especially if Notre Dame goes on to have a decent season and beat Georgia the next week after losing to the Owls.
Win this one, and a lot of good can come out of it.
So, yeah, it’s a big game.
Obsessing over this game does not mean the other games are unimportant.
So consider this a Magnificent Obsession.
Wednesday: Owls at Media Day
Friday: The Big Uglies