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Mayor's Cup 2012: Temple & Villanova Square Off For Philly Football Supremacy Friday

Temple and Villanova will meet on the football field for the final time in Friday's Mayor's Cup game from Lincoln Financial Field.

COLLEGE PARK, MD - SEPTEMBER 24:  Running back Bernard Pierce #30 of the Temple Owls celebrates after the Owls defeated the Maryland Terrapins 38-7 at Byrd Stadium on September 24, 2011 in College Park, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
COLLEGE PARK, MD - SEPTEMBER 24: Running back Bernard Pierce #30 of the Temple Owls celebrates after the Owls defeated the Maryland Terrapins 38-7 at Byrd Stadium on September 24, 2011 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Temple and Villanova are a natural Philadelphia rivalry as both schools are separated by a mere 12 miles.

On Friday, the two schools will meet on the football field for the final time in their annual Mayor's Cup game at Lincoln Financial Field. The Owls and Wildcats were contracted to play four games and Friday's contest marks the completion of that contract.

Temple holds a 2-1 edge in the series after winning last year's game, 42-7. Owls head coach Steve Addazio and Wildcats head man Andy Talley would both like to see the games continue according to Philly.com:

"I'd love to see it continue," Addazio said. "One of the things I love about college football is the rivalry games, and one of the big things about rivalry games is proximity."

"This game is great because it's two Philadelphia teams playing in Philadelphia," Talley said. "There's no travel. It's great for the fans of both programs."

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