Although the schedule says the University of Hawaii isn’t booked to play Brigham Young again until 2024, they could be seeing each other a whole lot sooner.
ESPN Events, which owns and operates the Hawaii Bowl, said the Cougars are “currently slotted for participation in the 2019 Hawaii Bowl” opposite the Mountain West Conference representative at Aloha Stadium.
The game has had revolving representatives from Conference USA and the American Athletic Conference opposite the MWC.
But ESPN also has a solo TV contract with BYU and assists the independent Cougars in finding postseason bowl opportunities. When the San Diego-based Poinsettia Bowl announced it was closing its doors the Cougars were left without a bowl tie.
So, ESPN is tentatively scheduling BYU for the Hawaii Bowl in 2019 if the Cougars are bowl eligible and do not land a place in the College Football Playoff.
UH is also scheduled to play in the Hawaii Bowl in 2019 as the MWC representative if the Rainbow Warriors are bowl eligible and are released by the CFP.
In Saturday’s 49-23 victory over UH, the Cougars had six freshmen starters on offense, including 19-year old quarterback Zach Wilson. At one point BYU had eight freshmen in the game on offense.