Gasparilla Bowl Matchup
Florida International (8-4, Conference USA) vs. Temple (6-6, American Athletic Conference), Dec. 21, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
LOCATION: St. Petersburg, Florida
Florida International: QB Alex McGough, 2,791 yards passing, 17 touchdowns, eight interceptions
Temple: S Delvon Randall, 76 tackles, 6 ½ tackles for loss, four interceptions
Florida International: The Golden Panthers already have matched a school single-season record for victories and have clinched their first winning season since 2011. Former Miami and North Carolina coach Butch Davis has orchestrated the turnaround in his first year at Florida International.
Temple: The Owls won three of their last four games to reach the .500 mark and become bowl eligible. Temple’s only loss during that stretch was against unbeaten Central Florida.
This is the first meeting between Florida International and Temple.
Florida International: Second Gasparilla Bowl berth and third bowl appearance overall. Florida International lost this game 20-10 to Marshall in 2011, when it was known as the Beef O’Brady’s Bowl.
Temple: First Gasparilla Bowl berth and seventh bowl appearance overall. The Owls are bowling for a third straight season.