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College Football Betting Online: Is there a team that wouldn’t want to go to Hawai’i in the middle of winter? One lucky and worthy team from the Mountain West Conference and one from the American Athletic Conference, contingent on bowl eligibility, will hook up in the 16th Hawai’i Bowl, which will once again take place on Christmas Eve.
The game was created in 2002 after the hometown University of Hawai'i finished the 2001 season with a 9-3 record and was not invited to a bowl game. The Hawai'i Bowl provides UH an invitation when bowl eligible. The Rainbow Warriors played in last year’s game for the first time since 2010, beating Middle Tennessee 52-35.
As part of the bowl charter, a "Hawai?i guarantee" allows the University an automatic bid as long as it is bowl eligible and does not participate in a College Football Playoff bowl, which goes to the highest ranking team among members of the Mountain West, Sun Belt, Mid-American, American Athletic Conference and Conference USA.
If Hawai?i isn’t eligible then another team from the Mountain West will be invited. This continues a tradition started when Hawai?i was a member of the WAC. In its 16th year, the Hawai’i Bowl will be played on Sunday, December 24, marking the 10th consecutive Christmas Eve kickoff.
College football bowl games are nothing new to the island. The Poi Bowl ran for four seasons in the late 1930s and was renamed the Pineapple Bowl. The Aloha Bowl and the Oahu Bowl followed. ConAgra Foods sponsored the first Hawai’i Bowl in 2002 before Sheraton Hotels and Resorts took over as title sponsor the next season. Sheraton opted out following the 2013 game and the bowl has been without a title sponsor since.
Known for its high scoring games, the 2016 version didn’t disappoint. The teams combined for over 1,000 total yards and 87 points in Hawai’i’s 52-35 win, easily cashing the over on the closing total of 70. The winning team has scored at least 40 points 11 times.
The game has attracted some of the best Group of Five teams recently. C-USA champ Southern Miss made the trip in 2011 instead of playing in the Liberty Bowl. In 2015, MWC champion San Diego State elected to play in the Hawai’i Bowl rather than the Las Vegas Bowl, which typically gets the conference champion.
2016 – Hawai’i Bowl – Hawai’i 52, Middle Tennessee 35
2015 – Hawai’i Bowl – San Diego State 42, Cincinnati 7
2014 – Hawai’i Bowl – Rice 30, Fresno State 6
2013 – Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl – Oregon State 38, Boise State 23
2012 – Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl – SMU 43, Fresno State 10
2011 – Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl – Southern Mississippi 24, Nevada 17
2010 – Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl – Tulsa 62, Hawai?i 35
2009 – Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl – SMU 45, Nevada 10
2008 – Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl – Notre Dame 49, Hawai?i 21
2007 – Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl – East Carolina 41, Boise State 38
2006 – Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl – Hawai?i 41, Arizona State 24
2005 – Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl – Nevada 49, UCF 48 (ot)
2004 – Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl – Hawai?i 59, UAB 40
2003 – Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl – Hawai?i 54, Houston 48 (ot)
2002 – ConAgra Foods Hawai’i Bowl – Tulane 36, Hawai?i 28
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