As anyone who reads this blog knows, I’ve been against our great university playing Bucknell in football.
I was against it when it was first announced and urged several times for the university to swap the game out for a more appropriate foe.
Yet, the game remained on the schedule and, as one editor of a Temple sports website likes to say, “it is what it is.”
It is the next game on the schedule and it must not only be won but dominated. With all of this talk about bullying in schools today, my school is forced into the role of a bully (by its own administration) and it is not a good look. This has all the makings of a body bag game and we haven’t seen that since eight Rutgers players were carted off the field in a 20-17 loss to Temple in Piscataway (2002). This one doesn’t figure to be anywhere near as competitive as that one was nor should it be. I know a lot of people will be bringing up Villanova but Villanova is able to recruit the kinds of athletes Bucknell is unable to recruit and Temple now, unlike then, has a competent head coach who has no history of losing to FCS teams.
I would enjoy much more a trip to Penn State and the hope for an upset there on Saturday than the knowledge that Temple is going to probably hurt someone pretty bad at home.
What does Temple gain from beating Bucknell, 82-28, in a repeat of the 1966 game? Other than a statue of a boot, nothing.
That, and the fact summer (by far the best of the four seasons IMHO) is over, is the bad news.
The good news is that football season is back and that’s not a bad consolation. Seeing our beloved Owls in a rare August game is another bonus.
If there is any other good news, we will finally get a chance to see Rod Carey’s Temple team hit someone–they still have tackling to the ground in college football, right?–and Owl fans will get to see if there is any rust by the lack of tackling in the spring and summer.
The important thing is getting ready for Maryland in a few weeks and beating Georgia Tech on the way to an AAC title run.
If all of those things happen and the Owls finish unbeaten, playing and beating Bucknell might be worth it but I doubt it.
Friday: Game Day Minus-1
Sunday: Game Analysis and a return to the three-post weekly schedule