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Official: Hawaii to play Louisiana Tech in Hawaii Bowl

The first announced bowl game for the Mountain West is a matchup between two old WAC foes

NCAA Football: Hawaii at San Diego State Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

What the Star Advertiser reported yesterday has been confirmed as true today: Hawaii will play against former WAC foe Louisiana Tech in the Hawaii Bowl on December 22nd.

Louisiana Tech finished the 2018 regular season at 7-5 (5-3), albeit concluding their season with a sour taste in their mouths, losing to at home to a poor Western Kentucky team. Early forecast suggests the Bulldogs offense isn’t the best Hawaii has seen in 2018, but the Bulldogs defense is one of the better units in college football.

Hawaii won the last meeting between the two schools in 2011, 44-26 in Ruston, Louisiana. Hawaii then joined the Mountain West Conference, and Louisiana Tech eventually joined Conference USA.

The Hawaii Bowl is traditionally on Christmas Eve, but the bowl broke tradition this year by having the game on a Saturday in the hopes of boosting attendance. The start time is later than usual as well.

We’ll have more on this bowl and matchup in the coming weeks.