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Military Bowl Preview: 5 things to know about No. 24 Temple

Military Bowl Preview: 5 things to know about No. 24 Temple

The No. 24 Temple Owls (10-3) play the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (6-6) in the Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman on Tuesday, Dec. 27 at 3:30 p.m. in Annapolis, Maryland on ESPN. But ahead of the ninth annual bowl game, here are a few things to know about Temple football. 

1. Temple is on a hot streak

The Owls enter the Military Bowl riding a seven-game win streak with their last loss on Oct. 6 at Memphis. What’s more, their most recent win was in the American Athletic Conference championship game when they upset then-No. 19 Navy, 34-10, for their first conference championship since winning the 1967 Middle Atlantic Conference title.

2. Historic season

At 10-3, Temple has a chance to earn its first 11-win season in program history. The Owls actually almost closed with a record breaking season last year — twice — but they ended with two consecutive losses in the AAC championship and the Marmot Boca Raton Bowl against Toledo and finished 10-4.

3. Last-minute coaching change

While Matt Rhule led the Owls to their second consecutive 10-win season, he accepted the head coach job at Baylor earlier this month, leaving program veteran Ed Foley as the interim head coach. Foley has been the assistant head coach/tight ends coach for four years and has spent a total of nine seasons with the school. Temple also wasted no time after Rhule’s departure and quickly hired Florida’s defensive coordinator Geoff Collins as the new head coach.

4. Once a century

Temple and Wake Forest have played each other only one time, and that was nearly 90 years ago. But the Owls came away with a 36-0 shutout over the Demon Deacons on November 1, 1930.

5. DE-FENSE!

Temple’s defense is one of the team’s strongest assets, ranking third nationally to just Alabama and Michigan and averaging 275.9 yards per game allowed. Led by defensive lineman Haason Reddick — who racked up 21.5 tackles for a loss of 91 yards this season — the Owls’ red zone defense is also sixth best in the country and their scoring defense is seventh, averaging 17.2 points per game.

BONUS: Notable Temple alumni include Bob Saget, Jesse Williams, Tamron Hall and both Hall and Oates.

Click here to get your tickets to the 2016 Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman on Tuesday, December 27th.

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Ex-Dematha coach, Maryland assistant tweets he didn't report Chase Young to NCAA

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Ex-Dematha coach, Maryland assistant tweets he didn't report Chase Young to NCAA

Star Ohio State defensive end Chase Young was suspended for Saturday’s game against Maryland. That looked like fortuitous timing for the Terps, so much so that some people began to speculate as to whether it was a bit too fortuitous.

Young’s suspension stems from a loan he received from a family friend. Young is a native of Maryland and played football at DeMatha Catholic High School. The fact that a loan he received from a family friend suddenly became public right in time for the game against Young's hometown Terps did not seem like a coincidence. It also showed Ohio State's thorough dismantling of Maryland in a new light. Kicking an onside kick in the first quarter and rolling 70 points up on Maryland suddenly seemed to make sense. This game was personal.

You see where this is going, right? Some people began to connect the dots, including FOX Sports announcers Joel Klatt and Gus Johnson who were calling the game, and began speculating that someone involved with the Terps leaked the news of Young’s loan in order to make him ineligible for the Maryland game. This was personal for Ohio State.

Young’s former high school coach, Elijah Brooks, is now the running backs coach for the Terps. He took to Twitter on Tuesday to dispel rumors that he or anyone at Maryland was involved in leaking the information to the NCAA.

Maryland played Ohio State closely last season, but in reality, the Buckeyes did not need Young to beat the Terps and that is not hindsight talking.

Had anyone from Maryland actually leaked info of the loan, it would have been embarrassingly petty and pointless. The Terps were never going to win that game.

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Giant killers unite as Evansville tweets at UMBC after upsetting top-ranked Kentucky

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Giant killers unite as Evansville tweets at UMBC after upsetting top-ranked Kentucky

Evansville believes they are the new, 2019-20 version of the UMBC Retrievers following their monumental upset over the top-ranked Kentucky Wildcats. 

On Tuesday the Purple Aces shocked the near-unanimous No. 1 team in the country on their home floor, handing Kentucky their first loss of the season. It was only the fifth time since 2010 that the top team in the country has fallen on their home court to an unranked team.

Following the victory, Evansville basketball's Twitter account thought they had quickly joined the annals of NCAA basketball "Giant Killers." They tweeted at UMBC, the famous Cinderella story to be the first No. 16 seed to unseat a No. 1 seed in 2018 NCAA Tournament, the Spiderman meme linking the two together.

The always socially-savvy UMBC was quick to respond with an epic handshake to acknowledge the upset. 

Gotta love the support mid-major programs have for each other. Evansville isn't quite on the historic level of UMBC or garnered the fame of other famous Cinderella programs, but an incredible win for the program nevertheless. 

Based out of Evansville, Indiana, and the Missouri Valley Conference, the Aces have not made the NCAA Tournament since 1999. They weren't expected to end that 20-year drought this season either as they were picked eighth in the MVC.  Probably a good chance for many MVC voters to reconsider. 

Who would have thought that through two weeks of the college basketball season Evansville would hold the biggest victory so far? Now, it's just time for them to find that magic it in the NCAA Tournament. 

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