Paging through the comments of some of the stories on Temple building a football stadium, I came across these two gems:
“Their football team isn’t even good.”
“Temple should drop down a division like Villanova.”
Hitting the reply button in both cases was too temping to pass up.
The point is, to both of those people, the first by a woman and the second from a man, ignorance is bliss and perception of a decades ago reality is something they chose to hold onto.
The current reality should be the only thing that matters and that is in black and white for all to see.
Unless you are Alabama, Ohio State, Oklahoma or Clemson, very few teams have carved out a higher profile than Temple recently.
Of the last three years, Clemson and Alabama—with two 14-win seasons—certainly is at the top of college football’s food chain.
Ohio State and Oklahoma are part of that next rung averaging roughly a dozen wins over the last three years.
Then there’s Temple, which belongs to a very successful “Group of Seven” schools within the 63-team Group of Five.
Of the Group of Five (G5) schools, the Owls are “not even good” because they are close to being great. They are one of only four teams—Houston, Toledo and Boise State are the others—who have either won or been to their league championship games twice over the last three years.
Arguably, the Owls are in the Final Four of that group if you use the current (three-year) sample. Of the teams who have won at least 27 games, only four have been to two league championship games and Temple is one of them.
Their 27 wins of the last three years puts them right there with teams like San Diego State (32), Boise State (30), Toledo (30) Houston (29), USF (29), Memphis (27), Navy (27) and ahead of teams like Ohio (25), Brigham Young (22) and UCF (19).
Even if you limit your sample to just G5 teams—and in many ways that is the fairest comparison, Temple is in the top 10 percent of the most successful college football teams in the nation.
It doesn’t take much of a stretch of the imagination to figure that if this edition of the Owls is “ridiculously good” (as head coach Geoff Collins has said), they can move right up to the top of that class.
The people who think the football team representing the school “is not even good” are probably right. By any standards, a three-year run that puts you in a cumulative top four of a 63-team group qualifies for greatness.
The Cherry (and White) on top of all this would be a NY6 win and that has to be the next step for this program.
Wednesday: Camp Haul
Friday: Color Bearers