Playing against the Temple Owls has never been easy for University of Cincinnati football coach Luke Fickell and the Bearcats.
Due to COVID-19 issues within both programs, the two teams weren't able to play last season, but the previous three matchups were each close fights to the finish.
"Temple has been a thorn in our side since we've been here," Fickell said Tuesday.
In 2019, the Bearcats held on for a 15-13 victory over the Owls at Nippert Stadium. With the win, UC clinched a spot in the American Athletic Conference championship game.
The previous season, Cincinnati surrendered 14 unanswered points and Desmond Ridder, then a redshirt freshman, threw a game-ending interception, as the Owls rallied to a 24-17 win in overtime.