TEMPLE – LINCOLN FINANCIAL FIELD

Temple’s campus rests on the north side of Philadelphia. They’ve been playing their home games in professional stadiums on the south end of town since 1978. Lincoln Financial Field is their current home, and a flurry of cherry and white descends upon “The Linc” on Temple gameday Saturdays converting the outskirts of the arena into a collegiate tailgating oasis.

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Game 297: UCF @ Tulsa

Tulsa is a better team than their under-.500 record suggests. This game against the back-to-back American Athletic Conference champion UCF Knights would be supporting evidence. UCF not only has dominated the conference the past two years, but also represented all “Group of Five” conferences in the 2018 Peach Bowl and 2019 Fiesta Bowl. Although the Knights already dented two notches in the loss column this season, they still represent the conference elite. A win over UCF would be groundshaking.

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Game 275: Memphis @ Tulane

Despite the ominous skies threatening precipitation, Tulane fans, and students in particular, filled the campus quad with tailgating madness. Apparently, the area usually designated for Green Wave backers was given to visiting Tiger fans. Once it was apparent that Memphis was not going to fully occupy their designated area, the Tulane students took action. In a move of retaliation, a tailgate covering a few thousand square feet was lifted and relocated to its rightful land. In a scene like no other I have ever witnessed, a green wave of fans carrying tents, tables, coolers and kegs marched their event a few hundred feet back to its rightful territory and continued to party in a fashion that rivals many power five conference schools.

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Game 267: South Florida @ #15 Central Florida

It’s the War on I-4, and the budding rivalry between UCF and USF could not hold more importance. The winner would go to the American Conference championship game. Above that, UCF enters this game undefeated and looking for a New Year’s Six bowl game. This is Orlando’s football team, and with all at stake today, Spectrum Stadium became one of the most electric environments I have experienced.

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