It’s 2020, so, what’s one more schedule change?
The American Athletic Conference announced Tuesday that Navy’s game at Temple — originally scheduled for Sept. 26 — had been pushed back to Oct. 10.
Temple head coach Rod Carey told the Washington Post that his Owls aren’t “football ready.” And y’all saw what happens to teams that aren’t football ready with the way Navy played against BYU.
“I think you saw that yesterday with Navy as well. I’m not indicting anybody at Navy or anything like that. I think that everyone has these restrictions and what we’re trying to avoid is, first off, our team has to be safe to play,” Carey told the Post. “I’m not just talking about COVID. I’m talking about football safe, and you have to practice football to be able to do that. So that’s where we are and that’s what we saw coming.”
The city of Philadelphia had implemented restrictions to stop the spread of the coronavirus, which limited gatherings to 50 people. Last week was the first time Temple ran 11-on-11 drills, according to ESPN.
A week ago, Temple had as many as 318 known confirmed cases of the coronavirus, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Temple’s contest against Navy will be its first football game of the year. It’ll be the fourth game of the year for Navy, which is 0-1 after getting blown out by BYU on Monday. Navy travels to Tulane on Sept. 19 and is set to travel to Air Force for an Oct. 3 game.
Kickoff for Navy at Temple is 6 p.m. EST on CBS Sports Network.
Navy is 6-8 all-time against Temple. The Owls have won three straight games against the Mids, a streak that dates back to the 2016 AAC title game.