Temple Owls

About Temple Owls

The Temple Owls football team have been active in intercollegiate football since 1894 and represent Temple University. Over the years, the team has enjoyed some success and the program has produced a number of players who have gone on to enjoy notable careers in the National Football League. However, the team has an overall losing record. Their main rivalries are with the Penn State Nittany Lions and the Villanova Wildcats.

In 1967, with George Makris serving as the team's head coach, Temple won their first and only Conference Championship in the Middle Atlantic Conference. The Owls enjoyed one of their best ever seasons in 1979, finishing the year with a 10-2 record. As a result, they were ranked 17th in both the AP and coaches poll, which remains their only post-season ranking to date. 

Between 1991 and 2004, Temple competed in the Big East Conference, but were eventually forced to leave due to a combination of their relatively poor on-field performances, their unimpressive attendance figures and the university's perceived lack of commitment to its football program. The team have made four appearances in post-season bowl games and currently possess a 2-2 record in the post-season. In 2009, they won their first Division Championship, the MAC East Divison Title. In 2012, they re-joined the Big East Conference, now known as the American Athletic Conference. 

Over the years, the program has produced one consensus All-American; Paul Palmer in 1986. Other notable former players include Bernard Pierce, Steve Joachim and Jim Callahan.

Since its opening in 2003, the Owls have played their home games at Lincoln Financial Field, sometimes known as 'The Linc'. The venue, which ...

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