By Mary Cunningham

Our No. 24-ranked Temple Owls (10-3) play the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (6-6) in the Military Bowl on Tuesday, Dec. 27 at 3:30 p.m. in Annapolis 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.