The Temple Owls and Villanova Wildcats meet in Philadelphia on Friday night to decide which side will take home the Mayor's Cup in the season debut for both teams.
Temple is coming off a 9-4 2011 campaign, their last in the Mid-American Conference as they join the Big East this year. In 2011 they defeated Wyoming in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl 37-15 to end the season. The Owls also demolished Villanova in the season opener a year ago, 42-7.
Under new head coach Steve Addazio the Owls are expected by some pundits to regress from their successful run in 2011.
The Wildcats, out of the Colonial Athletic Association, finished near the bottom last season at 1-7, their lone victory coming over Pennsylvania on Sept. 24., 30-21.
This will be the 33rd overall meeting between the two teams, and the Owls have won the previous two contests. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ET at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.
Game time, TV channel: 7 p.m. ET, ESPN3
Point spread:No line
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