PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The lean seasons are back at Temple.
After a three-year run of success - spurred by former coaches Al Golden and Steve Addazio - that ended decades of futility, the Owls have returned to the bottom, without a win and without much hope of pulling off an upset Saturday against No. 7 Louisville.
Once one of the worst programs in the nation, the Owls (0-4) found their footing in the Mid-American Conference, but struggled last season in a return to the Big East. In his first season, coach Matt Rhule has the Owls' rebuilding process looking for better days ahead in the American Athletic Conference.
He might want to try again after Saturday.
A five-touchdown favorite, the seventh-ranked Cardinals (4-0) are in great shape to keep their perfect season alive against the Owls at the home of the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles.