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'Temple Is as Good as Virginia, if Not Better'

Those are the words of Villanova Coach Andy Talley, as told to Jonathan Tannenwald of Some quick context: Villanova plays William & Mary this weekend. The Wildcats beat Temple. The Tribe, obviously, beat Virginia.

Here was Talley's full quote, according to the blog entry:

"I think in terms of pedigree, [William & Mary's win] was the most impressive. To be perfectly candid, I think Temple is as good as Virginia, if not better. At this point of where Virginia is right now, it's not a very good Virginia team. I think it's a very good Temple team that just got upset by us, and turned the ball over and everything. But I think Temple's every bit as good as Virginia or better.

"So if you asked me, I'd say our win was very significant. Winning at Virginia is tremendously significant because you're playing against a lot of tradition. So maybe it's a toss-up. But if you just look at both teams, Temple's pretty good."

Temple, by the way, is coached by former Virginia defensive coordinator Al Golden. And Talley is a big name in division I-AA circles. This is his 30th season as a head coach, including his 25th at Villanova.

By Zach Berman  |  October 1, 2009; 10:14 AM ET
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Anybody who follows college football knows coach Talley is right. Temple thumped Buffalo, a team that put up 500 yards on PItt, 37-13.
Owls hung tougher with Penn State than Syracuse did.
Heck, Villanova is better than Virginia, quite frankly.
Temple would be a 3-point favorite at Viginia and about a 7-point pick in Philly.

Posted by: gibmeister | October 2, 2009 12:07 AM | Report abuse

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