Rarely in college football can it be said with a high degree of certainty that a school is playing the biggest football game in program history.
This is one of those times.
No. 21 Temple hosts No. 8 Notre Dame on Saturday night in the first game the Owls have ever played featuring two ranked teams.
Temple is also 7-0 for the first time in school history. And the ultimate stamp of authenticity: ESPN's "College GameDay" is setting up shop in Philadelphia this weekend for Temple.
Temple! Its football was so bad at one point it was essentially kicked out of the Big East. Now, Temple is playing the game of the week on Halloween Night at a sold-out Lincoln Financial Field, the home of the NFL's Eagles.
"People are stopping me on the street. They're excited. I just think it's a small window of all the great things happening at Temple," coach Matt Rhule said.
Notre Dame (6-1) spends much of the season being its opponent's marquee game, playing in prime time with high stakes.
We know they're going to be really hyped, they're going to be really into it. We just have to come in and play our game," Notre Dame running back C.J. Prosise said.
The Irish's lone loss came at Clemson on a soggy night when they could not convert a last-minute two-point conversion to tie. If they can avoid another loss, the College Football Playoff selection committee will have to consider the Fighting Irish for the final four.
But what about Temple? The Owls have already beaten Penn State. If they can do the same to Notre Dame and continue winning when they return to American Athletic Conference play, they will have be part of the discussion when it comes time for playoff bids to go out.
Picture this: Undefeated Temple hosting undefeated AAC rival Memphis on Nov. 21. The 16th-ranked Tigers have already nudged their way into the national conversation with a victory against No. 19 Mississippi.
The way things have been going for Temple, why not dream big?
"I want us to enjoy each and every moment," Rhule said. "I'm not concerned at all we won't be ready to play the game. I'm not concerned that the moment will be too big. Now are we good enough to hang with Notre Dame? That's the concern."
The Owls lean heavily on tailback Jahad Thomas, who leads the American in rushing (117.43) and they are 13th in the nation in time of possession per game (33:11). Run defense has been a problem for the Fighting Irish. They rank 101st in the nation in yards allowed per rush at 4.79.