Philadelphia has one of the country's longest college football traditions and has seen plenty of recent success, as well. (Photo courtesy University of Pennsylvania)
While Philadelphia is nationally known for passionately supporting its professional sports teams, it is important to remember Philly is home to a large number of colleges, each with their own storied athletic programs.
Philadelphia’s college football tradition is long (Penn’s first team took the field in 1877) and in recent years, the schools have been enjoying success with conference championships and national bowl game appearances.
While the 2012 season is still young, check out a few of the highlights of Philly’s college football scene, below.
The Temple Owls, the city’s only Division 1 team, call Lincoln Financial Field home during the season. Temple recently joined the powerful Big East Conference after last year’s bowl game victory and three straight seasons with a winning record — and look to continue their winning ways in 2012. The Owls next home game is their Homecoming game, October 6th against South Florida. Check out our guide to watching a game at The Linc and head down to the stadium to support the Cherry & White!
Click here to check out the Owls’ 2012 schedule and tickets to all home games are available at www.owlstix.com.
The Penn Quakers are Philadelphia’s oldest football team and play their home games at the legendary Franklin Field. The Quakers are 15-time Ivy League champions, including recent titles in 2009 and 2010. This season, Penn permanently installed a statue honoring football legend Chuck Bednarik who starred for three years at the school and went on to play for the Eagles during his hall of fame professional career.
Visit www.pennathletics.com for the Quakers 2012 schedule and ticket information. Penn’s next home game is against William & Mary on October 6.
While Villanova isn’t located within the city limits, you can’t talk about college football in the area without mentioning the Wildcats. In recent years, Nova has seen a lot of success in the Football Championship Subdivision (formerly known as Division I-AA), including a national championship in 2009. The Wildcats play their home games at Villanova Stadium, which has its own rich history, being built in 1927.
Villanova has already played local rivals Temple and Penn this season, check out the rest of their 2012 schedule at www.villanova.com.
2012 Army/Navy Game at Lincoln Financial Field
The 2012 Army/Navy Game will be played at Lincoln Financial Field on December 8, 2012. Philadelphia has been the game’s primary location for the last 122 years and has been played at several different venues, including Franklin Field, Veterans Stadium and currently, the Linc.
We’ll have more information on the historic game soon and tickets are currently available at www.phillylovesarmynavy.com.
Whether you are an alum or just a football fanatic, watching Temple take on some of the nation’s biggest teams at Lincoln Financial Field or witnessing a Penn game at the legendary Franklin Field is a can’t-miss experience.