Temple ranked 22nd in final college football playoff ranking, 20th by the Associated Press

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This Sunday will be college football’s Bowl Selection Show.  On Tuesday, Temple was ranked #22 in the final College Football Playoff Ranking.

 This past Sunday the Owl’s (10-2) were ranked #20 in the Associated Press Poll, their best AP ranking of the season.

The Owls face Houston (10-2) at Houston this Saturday for the American Athletic Conference football championship.  The game will be at noon (E.S.T.) on ABC television.

Temple wins East Division of the American Athletic Conference in college football

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Last Saturday was special for the Temple Owls’ college football squad.
They defeated Connecticut 27-3 at home and captured the East Division of the American Athletic Conference.

They will now face Houston in the inaugural AAC title game on December 5th in Houston.  Houston is 10-2 overall and 7-1 in the AAC’s West Division.

Temple improved to 10-2 overall and 7-1 in the AAC East.  This tied the school record for  wins in a season with the 1979 Owls’ football squad.

Temple jumps into the college football Top 25 for the fifth time in 2015

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Fresh off a 31-12 victory over Memphis on November 22nd in college football, the Temple Owls jumped back into the Associated Press Top 25 college football rankings this past Sunday afternoon.

This marks the fifth time in the 2015 college football season that Temple has been ranked in the Top 25, already a school record for one season.

The Owls, 9-2 overall and 6-1 in the American Athletic Conference, play Connecticut (6-5 and 4-3) this Saturday at home in Philadelphia.

They hope to be in the inaugural AAC title game on December 5th if they can win the East Division of the AAC.  They are currently one game ahead of South Florida in the East standings.  Navy (9-1 and 7-0) currently leads the AAC’s West standings.

Temple defeats Memphis 31-12 in college football Saturday

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A close game Saturday turned into a rout as Temple upset Memphis 31-12 in college football at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.

Memphis came into the game ranked 21st in the nation by the Associated Press while Temple came in unranked by the Associated Press.

The Owls were coming off an embarrassing 44-23 loss to South Florida on November 15th at South Florida.
Temple improved to 9-2 overall and 6-1 in the American Athletic Conference, while Memphis fell to 7-4 and 5-2. The Tigers play in the AAC’s West Division.   Temple is now one game ahead of South Florida for this season’s East Division crown.

For the Owls, quarterback P.J. Walker threw for 261 yards and two touchdowns to lead the way for the Owls.

“That was a great win and a great day (Saturday),” Temple head coach Matt Rhule said on the Owls’ website.  “The challenge this week was to our seniors to take the team to another level.”

Temple can clinch a spot in the very first AAC Championship on December 5th with a win over Connecticut (6-5 and 4-3) this Saturday. The game will be a home game for the Owls in Philadelphia.

Temple’s Matakevich named a semifinalist for major defensive player award

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Temple senior linebacker Tyler Matakevich has been named a semifinalist for the Lott IMPACT Trophy, named after Hall of Fame football legend Ronnie Lott.

College football’s top defensive player is annually awarded The Lott IMPACT Trophy due to their outstanding character and performance on the field. The award ceremony will be held December 13th at the Pacific Club in Newport Beach, California.

Matakevich has 96 tackles this season for the 8-2 Owls, including 12 tackles for loss and four sacks. He is second in the American Athletic Conference for interceptions with five so far this season..

Matakevich is trying to become the first Temple football player and seventh in FBS history to record 100 tackles or more in all four seasons of playing.  He is the third Temple football player in school history to do this in his first three seasons of playing.

The Owls, who lost to South Florida 44-23 last Saturday, fell out of the Associated Press’ Top 25 poll this week.  They face Memphis (8-2) at home this Saturday at noon (E.S.T) at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.