Temple will kick off its 2019 football season against the Bucknell Bisons Saturday afternoon, with new head coach Rod Carey (the team’s fourth coach in four years) hoping to lead the Owls to their first opening-day win since 2015.

Temple will once again play home games at Lincoln Financial Field, thanks to the controversy the school faces over a proposal for an on-campus football stadium estimated to cost $126 million. The project remains on hold despite what outgoing Temple board chairman Patrick J. O’Connor described as the “exorbitant” cost to lease the Linc for the team’s seven home games, which the Owls have agreed to do through the end of the 2019 season.

Temple pays about $1 million in rent to the Eagles, but back in 2015 the team told university officials they wanted $12 million up front and $2 million a year in rent for a new 30-year-lease.

“We’ve done analyses; if we’re able to build a stadium that would hold about 30,000 people, that [Temple would come out ahead by] about $4 million ... per year," O’Connor told the Inquirer last month. Temple has averaged about 27,000 fans per game at the Linc over last two years.

In his latest column on the long-dormant Temple-Bucknell rivalry (the last time the two teams faced off was 1970) Mike Jensen wrote that the chances of Temple building its own stadium seem slim at the moment:

For those who will say Saturday’s attendance at Lincoln Financial Field — whatever it turns out to be — shows Temple needs an on-campus stadium, the issue seems like a non-starter right now. (The neighbors are up more than 40 points in that contest.)

Here’s everything you need to know to watch, stream, and listen to today’s Temple-Bucknell football game:

Bucknell Bisons at Temple Owls: Week 1 NCAA Football

When: Saturday, Aug. 31

Where: Lincoln Financial Field

Time: 3 p.m. kickoff

TV: ESPN3 (Dave Leno, Tyoka Jackson)

Radio: 97.5 The Fanatic (Harry Donahue)

Streaming: ESPN app (requires cable authentication), Sling TV (requires a subscription)

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Media coverage

Marc Narducci will be covering all the action live on Twitter. Notes and observations about the game will be at philly.com/college-sports.

Other Saturday games worth watching

  • Penn State versus Idaho: 3:30 p.m., Big Ten Network (Brandon Gaudin, James Laurinaitis, Elise Menaker)

  • Duke versus No. 2 Alabama: 3:30 p.m., ABC (Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Todd McShay)

  • No. 11 Oregon versus No. 16 Auburn: 7:30 p.m., ABC (Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit)

  • Florida Atlantic versus No. 5 Ohio State: 12 p.m., FOX (Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt)

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Temple football 2019 schedule

  • Bucknell at Temple: Saturday, Aug. 31, 3 p.m. (ESPN3)

  • Maryland at Temple: Saturday, Sept. 14, noon (CBS Sports Network)

  • Temple at Buffalo: Saturday, Sept. 21, TBA

  • Georgia Tech at Temple: Saturday, Sept. 28, TBA

  • Temple at ECU: Thursday, Oct. 3, 8 p.m. (ESPN)

  • Memphis at Temple: Saturday, Oct. 12, TBA

  • Temple at SMU: Saturday, Oct. 19, TBA

  • UCF at Temple: Saturday, Oct. 26, TBA

  • Temple at USF: Thursday, Nov. 7, 8 p.m. (ESPN)

  • Tulane at Temple: Saturday, Nov. 16, TBA

  • Temple at Cincinnati: Saturday, Nov. 23, TBA

  • UConn at Temple: Saturday, Nov. 30, TBA

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