Monday, February 28, 2011

Temple announces 2011 football sked

The 2011 Temple University football schedule, featuring seven home games as part of the Owls’ fifth season of Mid-American Conference play and three nationally televised contests, was announced on Monday.

The Owls, under first-year head coach Steve Addazio, will open the season with cross-city rival Villanova in the third annual Mayor’s Cup at Lincoln Financial Field on Thursday, Sept. 1.

The Owls travel to Akron on Sept. 10 for the MAC opener for both teams. 

Temple returns to Lincoln Financial Field for a showdown with perennial powerhouse and intra-state rival Penn State (Sept. 17) before hitting the road for a game at Maryland (Sept. 24).

TU hosts Toledo (Oct. 1) before traveling to Ball State (Oct. 8). Buffalo comes to Philadelphia for the Owls’ annual Homecoming game (Oct. 15).

Temple then takes to the road for two games. In the first stop, the Owls visit Bowling Green (Oct. 22).

TU opens November with a pair of Wednesday night games, first traveling to Ohio (Nov. 2) for a mid-week clash at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.

The Owls close the regular-season with three home games. Temple entertains Miami (Ohio) on Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 8 p.m. on ESPN2 before hosting Army (Nov. 19) in its last non-conference battle. 

TU hosts Kent State on Senior Day on Friday, Nov. 25. The game could be picked up by ESPNU/ESPN3.com as part the MAC’s multiple-game selection date.

The 2011 Marathon MAC Championship game will take place at Ford Field in Detroit on Friday, Dec. 2 at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.

The MAC bowl agreements this season are with the Little Caesar’s Pizza Bowl (vs. Big Ten in Detroit, Mich.), the GoDaddy.com Bowl (vs. Sun Belt in Mobile, Ala.), and the uDrove Humanitarian Bowl (vs. WAC in Boise, Idaho).  Secondary bowls include the New Mexico Bowl (Albuquerque, N.M.) and the BBVA Compass Bowl (formerly the Papajohns.com Bowl in Birmingham, Ala.).

Temple football season tickets are on sale now for as low as $15 per game, and can be purchased by calling the Temple Ticket Sales Office at 215-204-8499 or visit www.OwlsTix.com.

The Owls open spring drills on Wednesday, March 23.  The annual Cherry & White Spring Game is set for Saturday, April 16 at Edberg-Olson Hall. This year’s team returns 46 lettermen, including 13 starters.

2011 Temple Football Schedule
(as of Feb. 28, 2011)

Date                                  Opponent                                           Site                                                  Time        TV
Thur., Sept. 1                 VILLANOVA                                        Lincoln Financial Field                              
Sat., Sept. 10                  *at Akron                                            Akron, Ohio                                 
Sat., Sept. 17                  PENN STATE                                       Lincoln Financial Field            
Sat., Sept. 24                  at Maryland                                        College Park, Md.                     
Sat., Oct. 1                      *TOLEDO                                             Lincoln Financial Field            
Sat., Oct. 8                      *at Ball State                                      Muncie, Ind.                               
Sat., Oct. 15                    *BUFFALO [HC]                                Lincoln Financial Field            
Sat., Oct. 22                    *at Bowling Green                          Bowling Green, Ohio               
Sat., Oct. 29                    BYE
Wed., Nov. 2                  *at Ohio                                               Athens, Ohio                               8 p.m.     ESPN2
Wed., Nov. 9                 *MIAMI (Ohio)                                 Lincoln Financial Field             8 p.m.     ESPN2
Sat., Nov. 19                   ARMY                                                   Lincoln Financial Field            
Fri., Nov. 25                    *KENT STATE                                     Lincoln Financial Field             tba           ESPNU/3#
Fri., Dec. 2                       MAC Championship                        Detroit, Mich.                              8 p.m.     ESPN2

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