Notre Dame Football Pre-Spring Opponent Preview: Temple

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Notre Dame Football Pre-Spring Opponent Preview: Temple
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After 125 years of playing football, it's somewhat rare for Notre Dame to face an opponent that it has never previously met. It will occur, however, in this season's opening week, as the Temple Owls visit Notre Dame Stadium for the first time.

The game will be the first for the Owls under new head coach Matt Rhule, a former assistant with the New York Giants. Steve Addazio left for Boston College after two years in Philadelphia.

Temple finished 4-7 in 2012 in its first season back in the Big East, but it did not beat any teams that went to a bowl.

Are the Owls a threat to spoil Notre Dame's home opener, much like another Big East foe, South Florida, did in 2011? Let's take an early look at Temple, which began spring practice on March 22.

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