Rutgers and Temple have agreed to play a four-game series beginning in 2015, the Scarlet Knights announced on Monday. The first game will be at Rutgers in 2015, and then the teams will rotate home sites until 2018.
It's a regional matchup that makes a ton of sense, with Philadelphia being so close to New Jersey and the Scarlet Knights considering that a prime recruiting area. Current Rutgers quarterback Tom Savage hails from the Philly suburbs.
Temple has made great strides under Al Golden and will continue to need to do so in order to be a formidable opponent five years from now. Unless the Owls make a giant leap, this won't do a whole lot to alleviate criticism of Rutgers' nonconference schedules, but it sure beats playing teams like Florida International. And don't forget that Miami and Penn State are coming onto the schedule in the future as well.
These programs have played 35 times, with Rutgers owning a 18-16 advantage. Of course, they were both in the Big East together and were mostly seen as the league's two bottom-feeders at the time until Temple was kicked out. Things have gotten better at both places, thankfully.