Rainbow Warriors to play in Hawaii Bowl, complete college bowl schedule

Illustration courtesy Hawaii Athletics

The University of Hawaii earned an invitation to the 2016 Hawaii Bowl and will represent the Mountain West against Middle Tennessee of Conference USA on Christmas Eve.

Kick-off is 3 p.m. on Hawaiian Tel FCU Field at Aloha Stadium and the game will be televised nationally on ESPN.

Under head coach Nick Rolovich, the Rainbow Warriors (6-7), runners-up in the MW’s West Division, will make their first appearance in the Hawaii Bowl since 2010 and their seventh trip since 2002. UH is 3-3 all-time in the Hawaii Bowl.

“It is an honor for the University of Hawai’i Warriors to be participating in the 15th annual Hawaii Bowl,” stated UH Athletics Director David Matlin. “I am especially excited for our seniors to experience the magic of bowl week. I know how much this bowl game means to the community, especially when Hawaii is in it, so we hope to proudly represent our university and state during the weeks leading up to the game.”

UH appeared in the Hawaii Bowl in 2002-04, ’06, ’08, and ’10, all as members of the Western Athletic Conference. Hawaii is assured of an invite each year when bowl eligible. However, due to the lack of bowl eligible teams this season, the Warriors earned an exemption to the game with a 6-7 record.

UH is one of seven Mountain West teams playing in bowl games this season.

“I can’t tell you how proud I am of this team and especially these seniors who’ll be able to say they played in a bowl game,” Rolovich said. “We’re thankful for this opportunity to showcase our program and our university on a national stage against a very good Middle Tennessee team who we have great respect for. I know our players are proud to represent the Mountain West and will look forward to the challenge to end the season on a winning note.”

Middle Tennessee finished in third place of C-USA’s East Division and features one of the nation’s top offenses. The Blue Raiders, coached by Rick Stockstill, are 8th nationally in total offense (515.7 ypg), 12th in passing (317 ypg), and 16th in scoring (40.1 ppg). MT will make its third bowl appearance in the last four years and first trip to the Hawaii Bowl.

UH and MT have met once in 1993 with the Rainbow Warriors winning 35-14 at Aloha Stadium.

Hawaii appeared in six of the Hawaii Bowl’s first nine years of existence, meeting C-USA teams four times. UH is 2-2 in those games with wins over Houston (2003) and UAB (2004) and losses to Tulane (2002) and Tulsa (2010).

Here is the complete college bowl schedule:

Play Date Bowl Game (Away vs. Home) Game time (HT)/Network
Saturday, Dec. 17 AFR Celebration Bowl: NC Central vs. Grambling State 7 a.m./ABC
Saturday, Dec. 17 Gildan New Mexico Bowl: UTSA vs. New Mexico 9 a.m./ESPN
Saturday, Dec. 17 Las Vegas Bowl: San Diego State vs. Houston 10:30 a.m./ABC
Saturday, Dec. 17 AutoNation Cure Bowl: Arkansas State vs. UCF 12:30 p.m./CBSSN
Saturday, Dec. 17 Raycom Media Camellia Bowl: Toledo vs. Appalachian State 12:30 p.m./ESPN
Saturday, Dec. 17 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl: Southern Miss vs. UL Lafayette 4 p.m./ESPN
Monday, Dec. 19 Miami Beach Bowl: Tulsa vs. Central Michigan 9:30 a.m./ESPN
Tuesday, Dec. 20 Boca Raton Bowl: Memphis vs. WKU 2 p.m./ESPN
Wednesday, Dec. 21 San Diego County CU Poinsettia Bowl: BYU vs. Wyoming 4 p.m./ESPN
Thursday, Dec. 22 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl: Colorado State vs. Idaho 2 p.m./ESPN
Friday, Dec. 23 Popeyes Bahama Bowl: Old Dominion vs. Eastern Michigan 8 a.m./ESPN
Friday, Dec. 23 Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl: Louisiana Tech vs. Navy 11:30 a.m./ESPN
Friday, Dec. 23 Dollar General Bowl: Ohio vs. Troy 3 p.m./ESPN
Saturday, Dec. 24 Hawaii Bowl: Middle Tennessee vs. Hawaii 3 p.m./ESPN
Monday, Dec. 26 St. Petersburg Bowl: Miami, Ohio vs. Mississippi State 6 a.m./ESPN
Monday, Dec. 26 Quick Lane Bowl: Boston College vs. Maryland 9:30 a.m./ESPN
Monday, Dec. 26 Camping World Independence Bowl: N.C. State vs. Vanderbilt Noon/ESPN
Tuesday, Dec. 27 Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl: Army vs. North Texas 7 a.m./ESPN
Tuesday, Dec. 27 Military Bowl: (24) Temple vs. Wake Forest ll:30 a.m./ESPN
Tuesday, Dec. 27 Motel 6 Cactus Bowl: Baylor vs. Boise State 5:15 p.m./ESPN
Wednesday, Dec. 28 New Era Pinstripe Bowl: Northwestern vs. (23) Pittsburgh 9 a.m./ESPN
Wednesday, Dec. 28 Russell Athletic Bowl: Miami, FL vs. (16) West Virginia 12:30 p.m./ESPN
Wednesday, Dec. 28 Foster Farms Bowl: (19) Utah vs. Indiana 3:30 p.m./Fox
Wednesday, Dec. 28 AutoNation Cure Bowl: Arkansas State vs. UCF 12:30 p.m./CBSSN
Wednesday, Dec. 28 AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl: Kansas State vs. Texas A&M 4 p.m./ESPN
Thursday, Dec. 29 Birmingham Bowl: USF vs. South Carolina 9 a.m./ESPN
Thursday, Dec. 29 Belk Bowl: (22) Virginia Tech vs. Arkansas 12:30 p.m./ESPN
Thursday, Dec. 29 Valero Alamo Bowl: (10) Colorado vs. (12) Oklahoma State 4 p.m./ESPN
Friday, Dec. 30 AutoZone Liberty Bowl: Georgia vs. TCU 7 a.m./ESPN
Friday, Dec. 30 Hyundai Sun Bowl: (18) Stanford vs. North Carolina 9 a.m./CBS
Friday, Dec. 30 Franklin Amer. Mort. Music City Bowl: Nebraska vs. (21) Tennessee 12:30 p.m./ESPN
Friday, Dec. 30 NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl: Air Force vs. South Alabama 11:30 a.m./ASN
Friday, Dec. 30 Capital One Orange Bowl: (11) Florida State vs. (6) Michigan 3 p.m./ESPN
Saturday, Dec. 31 Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl: (20) LSU vs. (13) Louisville 6 a.m./ABC
Saturday, Dec. 31 TaxSlayer Bowl: Georgia Tech vs. Kentucky 6 a.m./ESPN
Saturday, Dec. 31 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl: (4) Washington vs. (1) Alabama 10 a.m./ESPN
Saturday, Dec. 31 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl: (3) Ohio State vs. (2) Clemson 2 p.m./ESPN
Monday, Jan. 2, 2017 Outback Bowl: (17) Florida vs. Iowa 8 a.m./ABC
Monday, Jan. 2, 2017 Goodyear Cotton Bowl: (15) Western Michigan vs. (8) Wisconsin 8 a.m./ESPN
Monday, Jan. 2, 2017 Rose Bowl: (9) USC vs. (5) Penn State Noon/ESPN
Monday, Jan. 2, 2017 Allstate Sugar Bowl: (14) Auburn vs. (7) Oklahoma 3:30 p.m./ESPN
Monday, Jan. 9, 2017 CFP National Championship: Winner of Peach Bowl vs. Winner of Fiesta Bowl 3:30 p.m./ESPN

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