For the second consecutive year, Temple will play for the American Athletic Conference championship. And, yet again, they’ll have do so on the road.
Thanks to Temple’s 27-10 win over East Carolina Saturday, the Owls will represent the East division in the AAC’s title game. Temple actually finished tied with USF, but, based on the Oct. 21 win over the Bulls, it’s the Owls that can claim the division.
USF needed both a win over FIU and a Temple loss. While they got the former, the latter eluded them.
With the division in and, Temple will now turn its attention to the conference championship game against matchup with West champion Navy. Both the Owls and Midshipmen finished with identical 7-1 records in league play; because the Midshipmen came in at No. 25 in the most recent College Football Playoff rankings and the Owls weren’t ranked, and CFP rankings are the first tiebreaker per AAC rules, the service academy will play host to the title game Dec. 3 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis.
Last season, Temple dropped a 24-13 decision to Houston in the first-ever AAC title game. Navy, in its second season in the league, will be making its first appearance.