Owls to open Big East play against South Florida

The Big East released its 2012 football schedules for league members on Tuesday.

Temple opens the season against Villanova in the annual Mayor’s Cup on Aug. 31 at Lincoln Financial Field.  The Owls will open Big East play at home against South Florida on Oct. 6.  And this marks the first season since 2003 that Temple will face in-state rivals Penn State and Pittsburgh in the same season.

The South Florida Bulls will tangle with Temple this fall. (AP Photo)

For now, Owls will have an 11-game schedule with two bye weeks. That could change, as Temple is still looking to add a 12th opponent.

Here's a look of the 2012 Temple football football schedule:

Fri., Aug. 31                    VILLANOVA                                    Lincoln Financial Field    

Sat., Sept. 8                    MARYLAND                                    Lincoln Financial Field

Sat., Sept. 22                  at Penn State                                 University Park, Pa.

  Sat., Oct. 6                      *SOUTH FLORIDA                        Lincoln Financial Field

Sat., Oct. 13                    *at Connecticut                            East Hartford, Conn.

Sat., Oct. 20                    *RUTGERS                                      Lincoln Financial Field

Sat., Oct. 27                    *at Pittsburgh                               Pittsburgh, Pa.

Sat., Nov. 3                     *at Louisville                                  Louisville, Ky.

Sat., Nov. 10                   *CINCINNATI                                 Lincoln Financial Field

Sat., Nov. 17                   at Army                                            West Point, N.Y.                                              

Fri., Nov. 23                    *SYRACUSE                                    Lincoln Financial Field                                  


*denotes Big East Conference games