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  • July 28, 2018 1:02 AM PDT

    PHILADELPHIA -- Geoff Collins stood at a podium and endeared himself to Temple and his new city with stories about childhood trips to Philadelphia Flyers games and lessons his dad handed down from John Chaney. Cheap MLB Jerseys Authentic .The Georgia native painted himself so much as one of Phillys own, that its amazing Collins didnt confess he was named with two fs in honor of the Temple Tuff motto.Collins, a Florida defensive coordinator, didnt just desire to become a head coach, he insisted. He specifically wanted to coach Temple.And why not?The Owls have long shed their stained reputation as the worst football program in Division I and have become a winning team that competes for conference titles and plays in low-tiered bowl games.With a room full of students wearing Mayhem is Coming, T-shirts, Collins asked rhetorically: Whats next?The better question may be, what more can any coach accomplish at Temple?The Owls have peaked as a program heading into the Dec. 27 Military Bowl with back-to-back 10-win seasons and a spot in the AP Top 25. The Owls are the American Athletic Conference champions and coach Matt Rhule cashed in with a new job at Baylor in the Big 12. The Owls could run the table and still always be on the outside of playing in a major bowl game. Big picture, none of the teams outside of the Power Five are contending for playoff spots without a lot of unlikely circumstances.It has not done all it can do, Temple Athletic Director Pat Kraft said Wednesday. Weve got to keep building the momentum. We win conference championships. We want to be nationally ranked, consistently. There is so much in front of us.Collins, 45, is out to prove he can lead his own program as well as he orchestrated frenzied defenses at Florida and Mississippi State that earned him the Minister of Mayhem nickname.Hes charged with ensuring the Owls dont slip back into oblivion much like they were headed in the final season of Steve Addazios two-year stint. Rhule, a longtime Temple assistant, returned from a one-year stop in the NFL to save the program and lead the Owls to their greatest successes in an otherwise futile history.Rhule accomplished feats like an upset of Penn State, a nationally televised home game against Notre Dame that brought ESPNs GameDay to Philly and Temples first conference title since 1967 all without a campus stadium.The schools drive for a 35,000-seat stadium appears to be stalled. The $126 million plan has generated controversy since February, when Temples board of trustees approved a feasibility study, hired architects and tore down apartments on university land near campus.Its in the boards hands, Kraft said.Heres the best Collins can hope for at Temple: Just keep the program at the top of the AAC.Thats the goal, contend and make a bowl every year.It will be hard for Temple to year in and year out keep up with the Florida schools in the AAC East because of resources and recruiting. It would be remarkable if Collins can keep the program at this level.Rhule can offer Collins tips on how to build a winner on North Broad.Collins and Rhule forged a close friendship when they coached on the same staff at Division III Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania in the 1990s. Rhule constructed the championship formula at Temple and Collins said he doesnt want to stray too much from what worked.I want to meet with every single person in that building, Collins said.But he still has unfinished business before he starts his handshake tour.Collins is set to return to Gainesville, Florida and decide with coach Jim McElwain if hell stay for Floridas Jan. 2 Outback Bowl game against Iowa. Collins and his wife are putting the finishing touches on adopting a child.Collins held a private team meeting before his press conference -- where he refused to say he would pledge to recruits that hed stick around for all four seasons. But for a day, Temple wasnt worried where Collins will be in four years because he was with the Owls today.We found the right guy, Kraft said. 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The Heart of Dallas Bowl will be a rematch between two teams that played in October -- and one of them is heading into the game with a 5-7 record.Unusual? Yes. But scenarios like this simply come with the territory now.With 80 bowl spots to fill, some postseason games ended up with odd matchups this year. North Texas will play in the Heart of Dallas Bowl after going 5-7, and the game will be a rematch against an Army teams it met six weeks ago. Mississippi State is also going to a bowl at 5-7. The Bulldogs face Miami (Ohio) in the St. Petersburg Bowl.Were fortunate to have the opportunity, North Texas coach Seth Littrell said. At the end of the day, we didnt even feel like we could get in this way, but we did, and so were going to take it.Hawaii is also heading to a bowl with a losing record. The Rainbow Warriors (6-7) will play in the Hawaii Bowl against Middle Tennessee. The reason some sub-.500 teams were given a reprieve is because there werent enough eligible teams to fill all the spots.That shortage also allows Army (6-5) and South Alabama (6-6) to go to bowls even though both have multiple wins over FCS schools. Teams are only supposed to count one FCS win for bowl eligibility purposes, but since there were openings, the Black Knights and Jaguars are in.South Alabama faces Air Force in the Arizona Bowl. The Jaguars were supposed to play LSU in November, but that game was canceled when the Tigers needed to play a rescheduled game against Florida. South Alabama played Presbyterian instead and won, so that switch may have been the difference between reaching a bowl and missing the postseason.There were sub-.500 teams in bowls last season too, so this may be the new normal in college football. North Texas and Mississippi State werent exactly apologizing Sunday. The Bulldogs Twitter account boasted that Mississippi State is one of only five Southeastern Conference schools to reach a bowl every season this decade.Since the Academic Progress Rate plays a role in which sub.-500 teams play on, coaches can takke pride in that. Curt Schilling Jersey. .This is a great opportunity for one of the winningest senior classes in school history and for our program to build momentum for 2017, Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen said in a statement. It also speaks volumes of our student-athletes for their commitment in the classroom to qualify for a bowl based on our successful APR.North Texas lost four of its last five games in the regular season, but reaching a bowl -- no matter how it happened -- is still a big step forward after the Mean Green went 1-11 in 2015.North Texas won 35-18 at Army on Oct. 22. Regular-season rematches are rare in bowls, but there are some positives for the Heart of Dallas Bowl in this matchup. The bowl was supposed to match Conference USA against the Big Ten, but with one Big Ten team in the playoff and three more in New Years Six bowls, there werent enough left for every bowl with ties to the league.We know that Army is going to bring a large contingency because the Texas area is one of their hotbeds, said Brant Ringler, the bowls executive director.North Texas in Denton, of course, isnt far from Dallas. Ringler said that was appealing as well.In the past couple years, you probably have noticed, the Conference USA championship has occurred, we received usually the champion or the runner-up, and it was probably going to look to be that way possibly this year as well, Ringler said. But when we had an opening in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl game that we also control, we did work out an agreement with Conference USA to have (runner-up Louisiana Tech) play in the Armed Forces Bowl. 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