It’s been a long time coming. Temple University football is relevant again.
For the first time in 36 years, the 6-0 Owls cracked the list of Top 25 college football teams, according to the national polls conducted by the Associated Press and the USA Today Coaches Poll.
The Owls, who romped to a 30-16 victory Saturday night over the University of Central Florida, last appeared in the Top 25 back in 1979 after defeating California at the Garden State Bowl. Back then, it was a Top 20 listing that saw the Owls finish 17th – their best ranking since 1941. They were ranked as high as No 13 in 1941 when they finished with a 7-2 record.
Matt Rhule, the Temple’s head football coach, could barely control his emotions after Saturday’s monumental win. “I’m really proud of our players and it’s a tribute to them that people have noticed how they have played to this point,” Rhule told owlsports.com. “I am thrilled that we have been able to get off to a 6-0 start. But I’ll repeat what I have said before, it’s a long season and I’ll be happier if we can finish the year ranked among the best in the country.”
Rhule said his 22nd ranked team was determined to remain in relevance. “It’s nice that there’s some national recognition, and people are respecting how we’ve played. We have to make it mean something by being in the Top 25 at the end of the year.”
Besides Memphis (6-0) and Houston (6-0), the Owls are one of only three unbeaten AAC teams in the Top 25. The Owls have another six games left on their schedule, starting with an October 31 clash against No 11 Notre Dame.
#TUFB breaks into the top 25.
— Temple Football (@Temple_FB) October 18, 2015