Temple travels to Akron Saturday for an expected Mid-American Conference East Division blowout.
Some could even argue that it will be nothing more than an expected tune-up for highly anticipated matchup with Penn State on Sept. 17.
With that, one would assume the Owls (1-0) are looking past Zips (0-1). And that wouldn’t be hard to do, considering Temple won the last three series meetings by a combined 113-23 score. The Owls are also coming off an emotional blowout win against Philadelphia-area rival Villanova in the Mayor's Cup.
“Every week you have to bring your game A game – every week,” said Owls first-year coach Steve Addazio, who doesn’t believe his team will overlook the Zips.
“This is the first time [with a new coaching staff] here, we are on the road together,” he added. “We got a lot of challenges, here. And we certainly understand there’s no way that we can beat a team looking forward.”
Akron has lost 12 of their last 13 games after Saturday’s 42-0 setback to Ohio State. Akron’s last winning season was in 2005.
Temple leads the all-time series with Akron, 13-7.
Year Site Results TU Coach UA Coach
1967 Temple Stadium W, 22-21 George Makris Gordon Larson
1970 Temple Stadium L, 0-21 Wayne Hardin Gordon Larson
1973 Temple Stadium W, 47-33 Wayne Hardin Jim Dennison
1975 Rubber Bowl L, 23-24 Wayne Hardin Jim Dennison
1976 Rubber Bowl W, 23-13 Wayne Hardin Jim Dennison
1978 Rubber Bowl W, 56-21 Wayne Hardin Jim Dennison
1979 Veterans Stadium W, 42-6 Wayne Hardin Jim Dennison
1980 Veterans Stadium W, 16-7 Wayne Hardin Jim Dennison
1987 Veterans Stadium W, 23-3 Bryce Arians Gerry Faust
1988 Rubber Bowl W, 37-17 Bruce Arians Gerry Faust
1991 Veterans Stadium L, 32-37 Jerry Berndt Gerry Faust
1992 Rubber Bowl L, 15-29 Jerry Berndt Gerry Faust
1993 Veterans Stadium L, 7-31 Ron Dickerson Gerry Faust
1994 Rubber Bowl W, 32-7 Ron Dickerson Gerry Faust
1998 Franklin Field L, 28-35 Bobby Wallace Lee Owens
1999 Rubber Bowl L, 15-25 Bobby Wallace Lee Owens
2007 Rubber Bowl W, 24-20 Al Golden J.D. Brookhart
2008 Lincoln Financial Field W, 27-6 Al Golden J.D. Brookhart
2009 InfoCision Stadium W, 56-17 Al Golden J.D. Brookhart
2010 Lincoln Financial Field W, 30-0 Al Golden Rob Ianello
- Keith Pompey