Memphis' final opponent this season will be Hawaii in the Hawaii Bowl. The official bowl pairing was announced Friday and the game will be on Dec. 24 (7 p.m., ESPN) at the Clarence T.C. Ching Athletics Complex in Honolulu.
According to multiple reports, the NCAA created a 42nd bowl game in Texas with a date to be determined. This will allow all 84 bowl eligible teams to play in a game and Hawaii, despite a losing record at 6-7, can now participate in a bowl game because its won six games.
The Tigers (6-6) have never faced Hawaii nor have traveled to the state in program history.
This will be the Tigers' eighth consecutive bowl game, extending a school record. Coach Ryan Silverfield looks to become the second coach in Tigers' history to win two bowl games after Tommy West.
Hawaii, under second-year coach Todd Graham, could be playing with a new quarterback. Sophomore Chevan Cordeiro announced Wednesday that he was entering the transfer portal after passing for 2,793 yards and 17 touchdowns this season.
Memphis needs a victory to have an eighth consecutive winning season, which extends a program record.
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