The three wildcard teams in the MAC include 7-5 Northern Illinois, 7-5 Bowling Green and 9-3 Temple. Temple wants to go to the EagleBank Bowl, which is a skip, hop and a jump from Philly. mindstorms a plan that all three teams could work together to make it work out for everybody. Here's how:of Temple Football Forever
Something tells me it makes a whole lot of sense for Temple athletic director Bill Bradshaw to be working on a three-way deal with either Northern Illinois or Bowling Green, getting one of those seven-win teams to accept the risk for a nine-win team.
Bradshaw is getting on a conference call with Mid-American honchos today at 3:30 p.m.
The subject on the table is bowl scenarios.
Bradshaw (to either Northern Illinois or Bowling Green): "Work with us, here."
"One of you go to Toronto if Navy wins (lead-pipe cinch) and we go to D.C. However, if Navy loses, one of you is out and we'll go to Toronto. Who wants in on this with us?"
It's a win/win for everbody because Navy isn't losing, folks.
Temple gets an attractive foe, possibly East Carolina in a best-case scenario, and brings a large fan base to D.C.
Northern Illinois or Bowling Green gets the shorter trip to Canada and assumes only a slight risk.
When the bids are announced, they'll be announced on an either/or basis.
If Bradshaw pulls this off, he's a genius.
Let the dialing begin.
Get your passports ready, because Toronto for the International Bowl is still a very real possibility. And why is the Army-Navy game being played so late? (Dec 12th)