Temple football gets points in season's first AP poll

Temple's football team got two points in the season's first Associated Press Top 25 college football poll.

Both came from the same voter: Joe Giglio of the Raleigh News and Observer. This year's ballots can be found at the new AP poll website, APTop25.com. It's a pretty impressive presentation, with a team tracking feature and easy-to-use breakdowns of each voter's ballot.

On the N&O's college sports blog, ACC Now, Giglio offered this analysis of the Owls:

Coach Al Golden rebuffed advances from South Florida and Tennessee for a reason (besides his designs on the Penn State job). The Owls improved from five wins to nine in 2009, including a 7-1 MAC mark, and return star running back Bernard Pierce (1,361 yards). They have a chance to take another step in Golden's fifth, and likely final, season in north Philly.

Penn State was ranked in the poll, coming in at No. 19. Reigning national champion Alabama is No. 1, with Ohio State at No. 2 and Boise State at No. 3.

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