Temple will travel to Navy for AAC championship game

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For the second consecutive year, Temple will play for the American Athletic Conference championship.  And, yet again, they’ll have do so on the road.

Thanks to Temple’s 27-10 win over East Carolina Saturday, the Owls will represent the East division in the AAC’s title game.  Temple actually finished tied with USF, but, based on the Oct. 21 win over the Bulls, it’s the Owls that can claim the division.

USF needed both a win over  FIU and a Temple loss.  While they got the former, the latter eluded them.

With the division in and, Temple will now turn its attention to the conference championship game against matchup with West champion Navy.  Both the Owls and Midshipmen finished with identical 7-1 records in league play; because the Midshipmen came in at No. 25 in the most recent College Football Playoff rankings and the Owls weren’t ranked, and CFP rankings are the first tiebreaker per AAC rules, the service academy will play host to the title game Dec. 3 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis.

Last season, Temple dropped a 24-13 decision to Houston in the first-ever AAC title game.  Navy, in its second season in the league, will be making its first appearance.

Arizona State hires Beau Baldwin as offensive coordinator

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TEMPE, Ariz. — Arizona State has hired former Cal Poly head coach Beau Baldwin as its next offensive coordinator.

The school announced Baldwin’s hiring of new coach Kenny Dillingham‘s staff a week after he resigned at Cal Poly.

The 50-year-old Baldwin spent three seasons as the Mustangs’ head coach, going 4-21.

Baldwin previously served as California’s offensive coordinator for three years after a nine-year stint as Eastern Washington’s head coach. He went 85-32 at Eastern Washington and won the 2010 national championship with three trips to the FCS semifinals.

Baldwin also served as Central Washington’s head coach in 2007.

Stanford QB Tanner McKee declares for NFL draft

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STANFORD, Calif. – Stanford quarterback Tanner McKee is leaving school to enter the NFL draft.

McKee announced his decision on Thursday after a disappointing junior season on an overmatched Stanford team.

McKee completed 62% of his passes for 2,947 yards, 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions this season as Stanford went 3-9 for a second straight year.

Stanford will undergoing an overhaul with coach David Shaw stepping down after 12 seasons and several players expected to transfer.