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Owls picked last in Big East poll

NEWPORT, R.I. – It’s official.

Owls picked last in Big East poll

Quarterback Chris Coyer and Temple were picked last in the Big East´s media poll. (Stew Milne/AP Photo)
Quarterback Chris Coyer and Temple were picked last in the Big East's media poll. (Stew Milne/AP Photo)

NEWPORT, R.I. – It’s official.

Temple has been picked to finish last in the Big East Conference in the conference’s preseason media poll.

Louisville received 24 of a possible 28 first-place votes en route to being tabbed the favorite to win the eight-team conference.

South Florida (four first-place votes) is projected to finish second, followed in the top five by Rutgers, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh. Connecticut and Syracuse are picked to finish sixth and seventh.

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What’s interesting about the voting is the lack of respect for newcomer Temple. The Owls are coming off their best three-season stretch in school history. They capped last season with a 37-15 victory over Wyoming in the New Mexico Bowl.

But perhaps in the eyes of many of the voters, the fact that Temple returns just eight full-time starters from a 9-4 squad is hard to overlook.

The Owls are making their second go-round in the conference for football after spending the past five seasons as a football-only member of the Mid-American Conference.

About this blog
Keith Pompey has been an Inquirer reporter since September 2004. He takes over the Sixers beat after covering the Temple men’s basketball team for the past three years and Temple football the past two seasons. Pompey also previously covered the Penn and Drexel men’s basketball team and Villanova football team after initially focusing on high school sports.

Pompey is a native Philadelphian and a University of Pittsburgh graduate. Follow him on Twitter @PompeyOnSixers or reach Keith at kpompey@phillynews.com. Reach Keith at kpompey@phillynews.com.

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