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.


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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Georgetown gets a boost with Jessie Govan returning to school

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Georgetown gets a boost with Jessie Govan returning to school

After testing the NBA Draft waters, Georgetown center Jessie Govan decided to return to the Hoyas for his senior season.

Govan announced his intention to return on Instagram a week before the final commitment deadline.

Returning to the Hoyas is definitely a boost to the program that will be in their second year under head coach Patrick Ewing.  At 6-10, Govan was the team’s leading scorer (17.9 ppg) and rebounder (10.0 rpg) averaging a double-double last season.

Paired alongside power forward Marcus Derrickson, the Hoyas were nearly unstoppable in the paint. Derrickson though decided to forgo his senior year and signed with an agent after the season.

Had Govan decided to leave that would have meant over 56 percent of the team’s scoring and rebounding would have departed (to graduation or professional pursuits) in a handful of months. Not the best outlook for a 15-win team that went 5-13 in the Big East.

Instead Ewing gets back his leading scorer that many believe he can mold as a young protégée. While in the draft process without an agent Govan had workouts with the Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks. Both are valuable experiences that he will bring to a relatively young Georgetown squad.

Having Govan for one more year will bridge Ewing’s second season to transfer big-man, Omer Yurtseven to his first year of eligibility in 2019. They were set up to having a walk-on and two sophomores being the only returning Hoyas over 6-6 for the upcoming season.


Future NBA prospect Omer Yurtseven transfers to Georgetown from NC State


Future NBA prospect Omer Yurtseven transfers to Georgetown from NC State

The pieces are starting to come together for Patrick Ewing.

On Monday the Georgetown Hoyas picked up perhaps the biggest (literally and figuratively) target of the transfer market, Omer Yurtseven.

From North Carolina State, the transfer from Istanbul Turkey will have two years remaining of eligibility. Due to NCAA transfer rules, he is not allowed to play for the 2018-19 season.


Standing at 7-0, the center helped power the Wolfpack to an NCAA tournament bid this past season. Averaging 13.5 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks a contest, Yurstseven earned All-ACC Third Team honors in the 2017-18 season. He also touted a 58.3 shooting percentage and was not afraid to pull it up from deep either (22 made three-pointers).

NC State lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to No. 8 Seton Hall, but he was limited due to foul trouble with only two points and two rebounds in 14 minutes of play.

Initially, he is the option to fill the void that Jessie Govan will leave, whether that is during this offseason or next. Already the team has lost power forward Marcus Derrickson

Yurtseven will just be another frontcourt talent for Ewing with the Hoyas.

It was widely reported that he was considering playing options, both in the United States and abroad before this announcement. Easily he has the talent to go in first round of the NBA Draft whichever year he declares.

On the same day, the Hoyas also announced the signing of four-star guard James Akinjo.