The Penn State Nittany Lions and the Temple University Owls will not only meet this Saturday but, will battle against each other for the next couple seasons.
The teams have faced each other for the past four years and are in the midst of meeting deep into the decade. Next year the Nittany Lions will head to Philadelphia to clash with the Owls and, then they will be back in Beaver stadium in 2012 to see them again. They will take a break in 2013 and then will meet in 2014, 2015, and 2016.
The game Saturday will be televised nationally on the big ten network. This will be the 194th time that the Nittany Lions will be televised out of the last 196 games they’ve played. This will be the 40th meeting between the two schools with Penn State dominating the series 35-3-1. Joe Paterno is undefeated against Temple with a record of 26-0. Last year’s meeting was a comfortable victory for the Nittany Lions 31-6 in Happy Valley.
With the upcoming meetings between the intrastate rivals, this means that one way or the other Penn State fans will be seeing a lot of Al Golden for the next few years. Golden, who was a former Nittany Lion standout and an assistant coach to Joe Paterno, has been targeted for potentially being the successor to Joe Paterno when he retires. For now he is the head coach of the Owls and will lead his undefeated team to battle this Saturday. Golden who has an overall coaching record of 22-30 is 0-4 against his former squad. The Owls are 3-0 for the first time since 1979 after defeating University of Connecticut last week 30-16.
The Nittany Lions come into this game shutting out Kent State last week 24-0. It was a shaky performance in the first half but, the offense was able to calm things down with help from their defense and cruised to victory. It was an important game for Penn State since they were coming from an embarrassing loss to the reigning national champion, the Alabama Crimson Tide. Their defense which has been ranked near the country’s top defenses for the past couple years got some confidence back last week with their first shutout of the season. It was Penn States’ 500th victory since Joe Paterno joined the Nittany Lion staff and the 41st shutout under the Hall of Fame coach.
This will be the last meeting before Penn State begins its conference run in Iowa City, Iowa against the Hawkeyes.
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About the Author
Written by Dane Hodge
I am a recent graduate of Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tennessee. I majored in Communications with my emphasis in Radio/Television and Film. I have recently been writing for the Brookdale Community College Men's and Women's soccer teams in Lincroft, New Jersey on the athletic page of the school website. My love for sports is beyond this world. My real love is Television. I am a volunteer for Brookdale television as a broadcaster. One day I hope to become a great sports broadcaster, as of right now I believe that my volunteer work and my will to succeed will guide me to the path that I want. When I was younger I wrote for the Asbury Park Press in 2000, 2001. I have been writing for a while now and it is something in which I enjoy.