Hawaii Bowl matchup set after NCAA adds extra bowl game
Hawaii is officially going to have a bowl game after the NCAA decided to add an extra bowl game.
Normally, any team that finishes the season with at least 6 wins is considered bowl eligible. However, according to reporting from The Action Network’s Brett McMurphy, the Rainbow Warriors weren’t considered among the teams initially considered despite a 6-7 record. There are 84 bowl-eligible teams, but only 41 bowl games. The Football Oversight Committee approved the additional bowl game Thursday afternoon to allow a pair of Group of 5 teams to compete.
And that means Hawaii will get to stay home and play 6-6 Memphis in the EasyPost Hawaii Bowl. The matchup was announced on Friday afternoon via the bowl game’s Twitter account.
🚨 Exciting News! 🚨 @HawaiiFootball will face off against @MemphisFB at T.C. Ching Athletics Complex Dec. 24.
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— EasyPost Hawai’i Bowl (@HawaiiBowl) December 3, 2021
This game will have a great quarterback matchup as Hawaii’s Chevan Cordeiro and Memphis’ Seth Henigan face off. Cordeiro has 2793 yards passing with 17 touchdowns in his junior season, while Henigan has been lighting it up as a true freshman with 3322 yards passing and 25 touchdowns.
Hawaii (6-7) and Memphis (6-6) meet in the EasyPost Hawai’i Bowl on Christmas Eve at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN.