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Temple Owls, Houston Cougars in the American title game

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With a win against the Connecticut Huskies, the Temple Owls have advanced to the inaugural American Athletic Conference Championship game against the Houston Cougars. The teams will will face off next Saturday on ABC or ESPN.

The game will be played at TDECU Stadium, as the Cougars are the highest-ranked team. They won the right to host the game with a 52-31 win over the Navy Midshipmen on Friday afternoon.

The Cougars are 11-1 overall and 7-1 in The American. They were tied with Navy atop the West Division; however, Friday’s win broke the tiebreaker between the teams.

Houston hasn’t won a conference championship since 2006 when they won the 2006 Conference USA Championship. They have won 10 conference titles overall since 1952.

The Owls ran away with the East Division, as they finished the regular season with a 27-3 win this evening in South Philadelphia. They finished the season 10-2 overall and 7-1 in conference play.

It is the first 10-win season in program history for the Owls. They’re hoping to get their second consecutive conference title, and it would be their first since 1967 when they won the Mid-American Conference Championship.

Neither team faced each other this season; however, they’ve met four previous times. Last season, the Cougars defeated the Owls 31-10 at TDECU Stadium.

The two teams were apart of the first-ever American Athletic Conference game, which Houston won 22-13 in South Philadelphia. The Cougars also won in 1987 and 1989 against the Owls.

The game is expected to start at noon with the winner of the game being eligible for either the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl or the Vizio Fiesta Bowl. The Vizio Fiesta Bowl would be part of the College Football Playoff selection process, if one of these teams finish with the best record of a team outside of the Big Five Conferences.

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