Temple football gets a vote in AP, coaches polls

I'll be totally honest with you: I have no idea when this last happened. But it happened today for the first time I can remember, so here it is;

Temple got a vote in the AP Top 25 and the Coaches Top 25 football polls.

Yes, really.

The AP vote was cast by Mike Hlas of the Cedar Rapids Gazette in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. I'll try to get in touch with him this week to find out why he put the Owls on his ballot.

Villanova fans might be interested to know that Richmond also got a vote, although I-AA teams aren't supposed to be included in the ranking. San Francisco Chronicle columnist Ray Ratto ranked the Spiders No. 25 on his ballot.

You all might recall that Appalachian State got a few AP Top 25 votes after its famous win at Michigan a few years back.

As for the coaches' poll, we don't know who put the Owls on a ballot because those ballots aren't made public.

But we do know that a few MAC coaches vote in the poll: Toledo's Tim Beckman, Bowling Green's Dave Clawson, Eastern Michigan's Ron English, Ball State's Stan Parrish, and Temple's Al Golden himself.

Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo, whose Midshipmen lost to the Owls in Annapolis yesterday, also has a vote.

So I have two questions for you. First, does Temple deserve to be ranked? Second, should I-A and I-AA teams be ranked together?

Have at it. And if you see this tonight, join my live chat during Game 4 of the World Series.

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