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HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Bowl will be back on Christmas Eve this year after being played on Dec. 22 last season, only the fourth time in the game's history that it had not been held on Dec. 24.
The game will feature teams from the Mountain West Conference, the American Athletic Conference or BYU. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. EST on ESPN.
The game was created in 2002 after Hawaii finished the 2001 season with a 9-3 record and was not invited to a bowl game.
Louisiana Tech beat Hawaii 31-14 in last year's game. It was Hawaii's record eighth appearance.
As previously announced, the BYU football team is scheduled to play in the SoFi Hawai’i Bowl at the conclusion of the 2019 season if the Cougars are bowl eligible and are not selected to participate in a New Year’s Six bowl game.
BYU has participated in 36 bowl games dating back to the 1974 Fiesta Bowl. The Cougars have played in 18 different bowls in 11 states—including the 1992 Aloha Bowl versus Kansas on Christmas Day in Honolulu. BYU is certainly no stranger to playing football games in Hawai’i, having made 22 appearances in the Islands since its first game against the University of Hawai’i in Honolulu on Dec. 10, 1930.
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