As Temple football program becomes bigger and bigger, the Owls have not hesitated putting big name programs on the docket. They already have Oklahoma for a three-game series in, and are battling against Notre Dame for the third time in the past four seasons. Now, Temple has announced they have agreed to a home and home series with once goliath of college football, the University of Miami, which will start with Temple making a trip to Coral Gables on September 5, 2020 and Miami coming to Lincoln Financial Field on September 23, 2023.
Temple and Miami used to be rivals back in the day when they were both members of the Big East Conference. Miami has since moved on to the Atlantic Coastal Conference and Temple has made a name for themselves as a power team in the American Athletic Conference.
The two programs have met 14 previous times with Miami leading the series 13-1. Temple won their first ever meeting against the Hurricanes in 1930, blowing them out 34-0. Miami won the next 13 meetings and this will be first game between the two since October 15, 2005, when #7 Miami came into the Linc for a 34-3 victory.
This renewed rivalry between Temple and Miami could have been a little more interesting if former Temple head coach Al Golden, who put their football program on the map, was still running the show for Miami. Golden spent five season as head coach of Temple, going 27-34 and leading the Owls to their second bowl game in school history. After his success with Temple, Golden left for Miami in 2011 and only lasted four seasons before being fired in 2015.
Other notable series Temple has announced recently have been Boston College (ACC), Duke (ACC), Oklahoma (Big 12), Maryland (Big 10), and Rutgers (Big 10). As Temple’s football program continues to grow and grow, they haven’t been hesitant to continuously add big names to their schedule and show they can hang with anybody in the country.
Temple is less than a month away from opening their season in South Bend against Notre Dame in what will be Geoff Collins head coaching debut for the Owls and the final time Temple and Notre Dame have agreed to play each other for the time being.