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Temple's plan to go Bowling in D.C.? A triumvirate

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Toronto, yes Toronto, may be the postseason destination for the Huskies if Temple can accomplish their coup
Toronto, yes Toronto, may be the postseason destination for the Huskies if Temple can accomplish their coup

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.  Mike Gibson of Temple Football Forever mindstorms a plan that all three teams could work together to make it work out for everybody. Here's how:

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."
NIU/BG: "How?"

"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.
We'll see.
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)