Hawaii Bowl: 2020| When is the| History| Cancelled| Projection

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The Hawaiʻi Bowl is a college football bowl game played annually at Clarence T. C. Ching Athletics Complex in Honolulu, Hawaii, the game was previously played at Aloha Stadium in  Halawa, Hawaii—a suburb of Honolulu—since 2002. The bowl is one of the post-season contests run by ESPN Events. Typically played on or near Christmas Eve, the bowl normally features a team from the Mountain West Conference, playing a team from either the American Athletic Conference or Conference USA. Today we will discuss about Hawaii Bowl: 2020| When is the| History| Cancelled| Projection.

Hawaii Bowl: 2020| When is the| History| Cancelled| Projection…

The Hawaii Bowl is not affiliated with other bowl games previously staged in Hawaii: the Poi Bowl (1936–1939), Pineapple Bowl (1940–1941, 1947–1952), Aloha Bowl (1982–2000), and Oahu Bowl (1998–2000), or the Hula Bowl all-star game (1960–2008, and resuming in 2020). While the Aloha Bowl tried to move to San Francisco, California, and was decertified by the NCAA, the Oahu Bowl was moved to Seattle, Washington, and was held for two years as the Seattle Bowl before losing certification in 2002.

Hawaii Bowl
Stadium Clarence T. C. Ching Athletics Complex
Location Honolulu, Hawaii
Previous locations Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii
Operated 2002–present
Conference tie-ins
  • MWC (2012–present; Hawaii if bowl-eligible and not in CFP bowl)
  • AAC (2019–present)
Previous conference tie-ins
  • WAC (2002–2011)
  • C-USA/Pac-10 (2005–2008)
  • C-USA (2009–2018)
Payout US$1.2 million (2019)
Preceded by Aloha Bowl
Sponsors
  • ConAgra Foods (2002)
  • Sheraton Hotels and Resorts Hawaii (2003–2013)
  • SoFi (2018–2019)
  • EasyPost (2021–present)
Former names
  • ConAgra Foods Hawaii Bowl (2002)
  • Sheraton Hawaii Bowl (2003–2013)
  • Hawaii Bowl (2014–2017)
  • SoFi Hawaii Bowl (2018–2019)
2019 matchup
BYU vs. Hawaii (Hawaii 38–34)
2021 matchup
Memphis vs. Hawaii (Canceled)

2020

Hawaii Bowl

College football’s greatest Christmas Eve tradition will not transpire in 2021. The EasyPost Hawaii Bowl is the first bowl game this season to receive a cancelation. As first reported by ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg at 10:03 p.m. ET on Dec. 23, Hawaii withdrew from its Dec. 24 postseason matchup against Memphis due to a recent increase of COVID-19 cases, as well as an onslaught of injuries and transfers.

Hawaii follows Texas A&M as the second team to opt out of its bowl game this season. Memphis already made the trip to Hawaii, and unless any schedule adjustments are made, the Tigers’ season is over at 6-6. The Hawaii Bowl released an official statement Thursday night, less than 24 hours before kickoff. This is the second consecutive season the Hawaii Bowl will not operate, although in 2020, the bowl was canceled before a matchup was set.

When is the

Memphis’ season ended Thursday when the Hawaii Bowl announced the game was canceled after Hawaii said it couldn’t participate due to COVID-19 issues, injuries and transfers.

The Hawaii Bowl was scheduled for Friday but in a statement posted to Twitter, the bowl officially announced that the game would not be rescheduled.

History

In its first year, the Hawai’i Bowl was sponsored by ConAgra Foods. The following year, Sheraton Hotels and Resorts Hawaii assumed sponsorship; the game’s full name was changed to the Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl until Sheraton declined to renew sponsorship in 2014. In 2018, SoFi signed on as title sponsor of the game which is officially known as the SoFi Hawai’i Bowl.

The current Mountain West tie-in was held by the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) until 2012, when the WAC ceased sponsoring college football, and Hawaii moved to the Mountain West.

The first two editions were played on the Aloha Bowl’s traditional Christmas Day date, but ESPN’s acquisition of NBA rights came with the league’s Christmas Day games, thus the game moved to Christmas Eve after 2004 in most years.

Cancelled

Less than 24 hours before Friday’s Hawaii Bowl, Hawaii announced on Thursday that it will not be able to participate in the game vs. Memphis due to a rise in COVID-19 cases and player availability.

“We are disappointed our season has to end this way,” coach Todd Graham said. “As competitive as we are and as much as we want to play the game, we cannot put the health and safety of our student-athletes at risk.”

Shortly after UH’s made its decision public, Hawaii Bowl officials announced this year’s game was off.

Projection

The Memphis Tigers began their run of eight consecutive bowl appearances in 2014 with a victory over BYU in the Miami Beach Bowl but went on to lose their next five outings. They ended the slide last year, when they posted a 25-10 triumph over Florida Atlantic in the first and only edition of the Montgomery Bowl. Memphis (6-6) looks to make it back-to-back wins when it takes on the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors (6-7) on Friday in the 2021 Hawaii Bowl.

Kickoff at the Clarence T.C. Ching Athletics Complex in Honolulu is set for 8 p.m. ET. The Tigers are 8.5-point favorites in the latest Memphis vs. Hawaii odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is 55.5.

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