Temple lands in Boca Raton Bowl against former MAC foe Toledo

One of the best seasons in Temple history will end in Florida on Jan. 22 when it meets Toledo in the Boca Raton Bowl.

During the Temple University football teams' five-year tenure as a member of the Mid-American Conference, it often struggled to beat the league's top teams.

It will have another chance to do so on Tuesday, Dec. 22 as the Owls meet Toledo in the Marmot Boca Raton Bowl. The matchup was announced on Sunday.

The Rockets have been a traditional small-school power and spent most of this season in or around the Top 25, much like the Owls. They finished the season 9-2 with both losses coming in the last four games to Northern Illinois and Western Michigan.

The Owls and Rockets are also teams built around their strength on the defensive side of the ball, each leading their respective leagues in scoring defense.

Toledo and Temple had two of the hottest coaching prospects in the country at the end of the season. While Matt Rhule is likely staying at Temple, Matt Campbell has departed for Iowa State. Offensive coordinator Jason Candle has taken over as head coach.

The Owls lost to Houston, 24-13, in the inaugural American Athletic Conference Championship game on Saturday and it's hard not to wonder what might have been. The Cougars will be facing off against Florida State in the Peach Bowl against No. 9 Florida State.

Temple (10-3) has already shown it can hang with power conference elite teams this year, knocking off Penn State, 27-10, and falling close late against Notre Dame, 24-20.

The Owls will be trying to finish one of the best seasons in school history out on a high note. Temple has won just two bowl games in its history, the 1979 Garden State Bowl and 2011 New Mexico Bowl.

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