Monday, September 23, 2013

Temple and Rutgers renew football rivalry

PHILADELPHIA  – Temple University and Rutgers University have jointly announced a four-year agreement to play football beginning with the 2020 season and continuing through the 2023 season.

This agreement will continue a rivalry that began in 1948 and will see its 36th contest on November 2, 2013. One-time BIG EAST competitors, the two schools battle in the American Athletic Conference together this season.  Rutgers, however, will move to the Big 10 next year.

“We are excited to announce a four-year agreement to play Rutgers in football starting in 2020,” said Interim Director of Athletics Kevin Clark.  “This is a great series for fans of both teams, and it will continue a geographic rivalry, which is big part of our scheduling philosophy.”

“I know about the Temple-Rutgers rivalry, but hadn’t had a chance to be a part of it,” said Temple head coach Matt Rhule. “This year will be my first year going against them and I know it’s great for both schools to compete against one another when geographically we are so close. I was disappointed to see that they were moving from our conference, but excited now to see that they are back on our schedule in a few years.”

The agreement states that Temple will host Rutgers in 2021 and 2023, while Rutgers will host Temple in 2020 and 2022.

September 19, 2020 – Piscataway, NJ
September 11, 2021 – Philadelphia, PA
September 17, 2022 – Piscataway, NJ
September TBA, 2023 – Philadelphia, PA

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