Temple, Hawai'i working on Dec. 8 matchup

Eric Hartline-US PRESSWIRE

With Temple at just 11 games scheduled this year, they are looking at possibly scheduling a Dec. 8 game at Hawai'i.

When the Temple Owls moved to the MAC to the Big East abruptly this past year, they only had 11 football games scheduled since in the MAC Temple had eight league games, but in the Big East there are just seven. This is where the Hawai'i Warriors come into play, according to NCAA rules Hawai'i and their opponents can play 13 regular season games.

Hawaii has just 12 games scheduled, and could possibly add a 13th if an agreement between the two schools comes to fruition. Temple recently reached out to Hawai'i's acting athletic director Rockne Freitas told the Honolulu Star-Advertier that the two sides are not close on a deal:

"It's very far from a done deal. We're going through the due diligence," Freitas said.

Temple probably wants some sort of return trip, and that is possibly holding things up. As of now, Temple's season ends on Nov. 23, while Hawai'i plays South Alabama on Dec. 1. If the two sides do play it would be on Dec. 8, but that day has been reserved for the Army vs. Navy game. The game was moved after the conference championship games to give that game the national spotlight.

If Hawai'i can get this deal done, they definitely should do this, because while the team is not very good they could use the extra week of practice and the game to become a better team going forward.

If this game is scheduled, it likely will be a first that a football game was scheduled mid-season.

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