By Julie Glass
Temple is going to the Military Bowl in Annapolis to play North Carolina.
The Owls (8-4, 5-3 American) against the Tar Heels (6-6, 4-4 ACC) is set for Friday, December 27, at noon at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium and will be broadcast nationally on ESPN. This will be the first-ever matchup between the two schools.
This is Temple’s fifth straight bowl game and the ninth in school history. Temple has been bowl eligible for six consecutive seasons, tied with Memphis for the longest streak in the American Athletic Conference, and nine times in the past 11 years. This is Temple’s third time playing in the Military Bowl. The Owls last played in 2016 and originally played in 2009 when the bowl was known as the EagleBank Bowl.
“We are very excited to participate in the Military Bowl and we are looking forward to spending time in our nation’s capital to see all it has to offer,” said Temple head coach Rod Carey. “I’ve really enjoyed my first season here at Temple and only wish that I can spend more time with this outstanding senior class. We want to try and send them off on the right note by being the first group in Temple history to win two bowl games.”
The Owls finished with an 8-4 record and 5-3 in the American Athletic Conference record under first year head coach Rod Carey. The senior class is the third winningest in program history with 33 victories. They are just the second senior class to play in a bowl game in every year they have been an Owl, the other class being last year. This eight win season ranks tied for seventh on Temple’s all-time list. The Owls have won 10 games three times (1979, 2015, 2016) and nine games three times (1973, 2009, 2011).