After appearing in a bowl game last year for the first time in 30 years, the Temple football team was left on the outside looking in when this postseason's invites were announced on Sunday.
The Owls, a Mid-American Conference team that finished 8-4, were one of only two bowl-eligible teams that did not get picked. The other was Western Michigan, a MAC team that went 6-6 in the first year in which a .500 record was good enough to be considered.
According to a source with knowledge of the process, Temple was in the running for the New Orleans Bowl. But that spot went to Ohio, another MAC team, which was selected over the Owls by virtue of the Bobcats' win this season in head-to-head competition.
Both teams finished 8-4 overall. Ohio went 6-2 in the MAC to Temple's 5-3.
- Kevin Tatum