With an official press release today, the University of Miami confirmed a July 18th report of an upcoming home and home football series against the Temple Owls.
Here is the release from UM Athletics on the series:
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The University of Miami football program announced Thursday that it has agreed to a home-and-home series with Temple University.
The Hurricanes will host the Owls at Hard Rock Stadium on September 5, 2020. Miami will travel to Philadelphia to face Temple on September 23, 2023.
The Hurricanes lead the all-time series with the Owls 13-1. Miami last faced Temple in 2005, a 34-3 Hurricanes road win. The two teams met for 12 consecutive years from 1992-2003 as members of the BIG EAST Conference.
The Hurricanes also have future out of conference games scheduled with LSU in Arlington, Texas (2018), Florida in Orlando, Fla. (2019), Michigan State (2020 and 2021), and Texas A&M (2002 and 2023).
As stated in the previous report and today’s release, Temple will travel to Miami in 2020, and the return game will have Miami going to Philly in 2023.
This is a fine tier-2 non-conference game in my mind. With premier opponents such as LSU, Florida, Michigan State, Texas A&M, and Notre Dame already on the schedule through the 2025 season, Miami is wise to fill the schedule with some Group of 5 schools, and the annual blowout of FAMU or Bethune Cookman.
The other storyline that will be mentioned to no end is the fact that this is the Al Golden bowl, as the eponymous coach worked at both Temple and Miami, with GREATLY different results at each stop.
Miami and Temple have played 14 times in the past. As members of the Big East conference for many years, this was once an annual matchup. The Hurricanes hold a sizeable advantage in these games, with a 13-1 record against the Owls. Miami has won 13 games in a row in this series, with Temple’s only win against Miami coming back in 1930.
This isn’t exciting, but it’s fine. Now there are only but a few open slots in each season for non-conference games. We’ll find out which teams round out the upcoming schedules in the future.