MTSU, NC State Wait On Temple

It looks like both NC State and Middle Tennessee State are now waiting on Temple to fix their scheduling issues before either team's 2005 football schedule will be set in stone.

Temple was originally scheduled to play NC State on September 10th and Middle Tennessee State on September 24th. However, Western Michigan released its schedule last Friday and a September 24th matchup against Temple at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia was listed.

Western Michigan had a tentative schedule in place, but because of a conference issue they had to drop a September 10th game at Wisconsin to play against conference rival Toledo. This caused the Broncos to need an extra non-conference game, which is where the September 24th game against Temple comes in.

Middle Tennessee State media relations director Mark Owens says the Blue Raiders now are waiting to hear from Temple, but they are exploring other options.

"We're waiting to see what Temple's going to announce," Owens said. "Right now there's not much we can say on our end. We've had some discussions with North Carolina State, but nothing to where there's an official announcement."

Would NC State be able to play Middle Tennessee State? If Temple does indeed play Wisconsin on September 10th and Western Michigan on September 24th, that will leave the Wolfpack with an open weekend September 10th and Middle Tennessee State needing a non-conference opponent on September 24th.

However, both teams have conference games already scheduled for those weekends. Middle Tennessee State plays a home game against North Texas on September 10th while NC State faces rival North Carolina at home on September 24th. The Blue Raiders could move the North Texas game to November 26th and play at NC State on September 10th, but Owens didn't give any impression that was an option.

"Well, we have a game already scheduled for September 10th," Owens said. "It's a conference game at home. So, I don't know how that would work."

Middle Tennessee State Athletics Director Chris Massaro was unavailable to comment on the possibilities of playing NC State.

At the moment it looks like the Wolfpack and Blue Raiders may get left scrambling for a non-conference opponent with the season just months away.

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