Championship Not A Crazy Thought Now

One of the reasons I declined initial overtures to be invited back at the beginning of the season into the most popular Temple football facebook group after a hiatus was some of the attitudes of the posters.

It’s not like Temple
is asking UConn or
ECU to win a game.
It’s asking good teams
to beat other good teams

For just one example (of many), the way any discussion of a game past the next one was rebuffed by some (err, most) with this inane response: “Let’s beat (XXXXX) first before we can discuss (YYYYY).”

Like a group of fans on a facebook page talking about future games had any impact on what happened on the field in the next one. Now that’s a crazy thought, even crazier than what we’re about to discuss in this post. You can only beat your head against a wall so much before walking away from the wall.

That is there. This is here.

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Hell, beating Tulane is the most important thing but we can dream about sitting next to the trophy again on the team bus in December and let the players chew Green Wave gum for a game scheduled on 11/16 at the same time.

Taking one game at a time is the job of the kids and the coaches.

Fans? Not so much.

Thanks in part to a miracle provided by a winless (in the league) Tulsa team over a team that scored 63 points on the Owls (UCF), an American Athletic Conference championship isn’t all that crazy to think about anymore.

At least for Temple. For purposes of this post, we won’t talk about the injuries or any problems the team has on offense or defense but just about beating the three teams left on the schedule.

Cincinnati–a team Temple has beaten four-straight times–still holds all the cards but that doesn’t mean it is going to collect the chips.

Or, as the kids say, the chip.

It basically comes down to this:

  • Temple wins out;
  • UCF loses at Tulane;
  • Cincinnati loses to Memphis

Then, the Owls could play a title game in Memphis. Tough, yes. Crazy? No. It’s not like Temple is asking UConn or ECU to win a game. It’s asking good teams to beat other good teams and, if it is a good team, it can win three-straight games, two at home.

Based on the above-bulleted scenario, Temple would hold the tie-breaker against Cincy based on head-to-head competition. UCF would drop out with its third league loss.


Tulane has an offense similar to the one UCF brought to Philadelphia so that must’ve factored into the Green Wave entering the week as a four-point favorite and quickly dropped to 3.5 and now 3 at the time of this post. Still, with the brutal weather forecast, that might be a mitigating factor in the Owls’ favor. Temple went down to ECU and beat the Pirates more comfortably than Cincinnati did and the Cincy offense isn’t that crazy wide-open type that seemingly gives the Owls fits and Temple seems to match up favorably with the Bearcats.

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Tulane is a far better team than Tulsa and, without a championship on the line, UCF could pack it in there. With SMU nipping at Memphis’ heels, the Tigers know they have to beat Cincinnati at home to host an AAC title game and would be extremely motivated to do so. Memphis holds first tie-breakers over SMU and Navy.

The beneficiary in all of this could be Temple if the Owls can play the way they did against Memphis or even Georgia Tech.

Temple can only control what it can control and, if the Owls and their fans bring the noise on Saturday, they get one step closer to the most improbable championship ever.

Yeah, I know let’s worry about Tulane first. Me musing about a championship has no impact of what the kids do on the field this Saturday.

It’s called multitasking.

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11 thoughts on “Championship Not A Crazy Thought Now

  1. The rationale makes sense. I’m not convinced Carey’s offensive strategy will get us to winning out – but I will root for it!

    Separate issue – it would be great to see the TFF Facebook page become the most popular Temple Football page!

    • I don’t think that’s going to happen. My impression of that group last year it was the Wild Wild West with the Collins lovers (not me) dueling it out with the Collins doubters (me and half the site). After Collins and Daz, pretty satisfied with Carey (can’t count Diaz but pretty happy he’s learning at Miami and not here where he could have lost those first few games Carey won).

  2. Pure speculation.., MR will accept the HC job for the NY Giants if offered. Why?

    1. The Giants suck
    2. MR has experience w/the Giants
    3. It is his dream job
    4. History repeats. Next year, Baylor has the lowest ranked recruiting class after consecutive years of being in the top five. He did the same thing in his last year a Temple, he stopped recruiting.

    • 5. Giants give him a chance to pick his staff, which the Jets foolishly did not. Also, he made no secret even while at Temple that his year in the NFL whets his appetite to be an NFL head coach. Recruiting can be a major headache and I think he’s more of a ball coach than a recruiter.

  3. We plan on coming to the game and maybe bring 2 friends, time to bundle up.

    SO can anyone supply me with 2 CHEAP tickets please?

    I do believe this will be an exciting match to watch.

  4. Yesterday and today I’ve turned on the tv and saw MAC games on and both times I’ve thanked the football gods we’re not in that conference anymore. Had TU had to play at home either night, there would have been 3000 people at most at the LINC. Will always be grateful to the MAC though because they took TU in at its most desperate point and allowed the program to get back on its feet. .

  5. I also have a spot in my heart, a warm ‘n fuzzy for the MAC since.
    Often watch some MAC games, just to be supportive, like past 2 nights, where they had few fans in the seats there.
    WE Went out to the New Mexico Bowl years ago to support Temple vs (dirty) Wyoming. Its was such a great trip, wonderful experience, to have a good team back then, all thru the MAC association.

    AND, see you Mr JB at K-36 for meet and greet and a few tixx Thanks.

    I always park and chow across the side street where they just demolishes the building in front of JetRo.

  6. Ah Mr Belli, I’ll be disguised as an old white guy wearing some Temple colors and jeans.

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