Temple to Host Villanova in 2017 & 2018

By Kevin Kelley -

The Temple Owls will host the Villanova Wildcats in 2017 and 2018, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported in August.

OwlScoop.com first reported that Temple would host Villanova in 2017. A source for the Inquirer confirmed that and indicated the two teams will play in 2018 as well.

Temple and Villanova have competed for the Mayor’s Cup 32 times on the gridiron. The Owls have won the last three meetings, but still trail in the series 15-16-2.

Temple has four non-conference games tentatively set for the 2017 season and two in 2018. The Owls are scheduled to open the 2017 season at Notre Dame on Sept. 2, host UMass on Sept. 16, and travel to Army on Oct. 21.

In 2018, the Owls are also scheduled to visit Maryland on Sept. 15.

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  1. Shep
    November 17, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    This is one FBS-FCS rivalry that should be played on a semi-regular basis

    • MrVandy212
      November 17, 2015 at 2:27 pm

      I kind of hope Villanova reconsiders upgrading to FBS. They’d be a great addition to the AAC. This would also be a great end-of-year Thanksgiving weekend rivalry.

    • PeteF3
      November 17, 2015 at 4:13 pm

      Also BC vs. Holy Cross.

    • regassert6
      December 6, 2015 at 11:44 am

      Yeah, pretty much no shot of Villanova upgrading the stadium size, upgrading the coaches salaries and upgrading to 85 scholarships. Also, would need to add about 40 women’s scholarships to comply or cut a bunch of men’s sports, which a school like Nova would be really loathe to do.

  2. Lost in Va.
    November 18, 2015 at 8:55 pm

    Villanova now barely supports their team at the 1-AA level……even with first place in their conference on the line, they usually draw maybe 7,000…..

  3. Dennis Michael Kuno, I
    December 7, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    This is not only a series that should remain ongoing forever, but, Villanova University should move up to FBS and get a decent rental for the use of Lincoln Financial Field, The Eagles are so filthy rich, they could afford to let Temple and Villanova play all their hoem games at the Linc rent free!

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