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Temple looking to schedule Hawaii game… this season

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Thanks to its move to the Big East earlier this year, Temple was left with just 11 games on its 2012 schedule, one below the norm.

Less than a month and a half before the regular season grinds to a halt, the Owls are still searching for that elusive 12th game.  As it turns out, though, they may be on the verge of finding a last-minute partner.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Tuesday that Hawaii has been approached by the Owls in regards to playing an early-December game against the Warriors at Aloha Stadium.  A Temple source confirmed to the Philadelphia Inquirer that there have been conversations about a game that, if it were to come to fruition, would be played Dec. 8.

UH would only confirm that there have been talks between the two institutions.

“It’s very far from a done deal,” acting athletic director Rockne Freitas told the Star-Advertiser. “We’re going through the due diligence.”

While the Warriors already have 12 games scheduled, an NCAA bylaw permits Hawaii — and anyone who plays Hawaii on the islands — to play 13 games a season.  The school has already received clearance from the Mountain West for the additional game, although they’ve yet to get a thumbs-up from the NCAA.

For its part, the Owls are looking at the postseason as reason to fill the hole in its schedule.

Sitting at 3-3 on the season, the Owls would need to win three of its last five games to become bowl eligible.  Those remaining contests consist of home games against 5-1 Cincinnati and Syracuse as well as road trips to Pittsburgh, No. 16 Louisville and Army.  Getting three wins out of that grouping would be highly unlikely, although two would certainly be plausible, making a game against one-win Hawaii all the more appealing.

Temple would not directly address their attempts to add a 12th game against Hawaii.

“One of the challenges we had in joining the Big East was going from eight conference games to seven,” AD Bill Bradshaw told the Inquirer. “And we worked diligently to schedule a 12th game.”

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6 Responses to “Temple looking to schedule Hawaii game… this season”
  1. fcmlefty1 says: Oct 24, 2012 10:19 AM

    Too bad that Temple didn’t have a common open date with Boise State – Boise was a team that could have (and wanted to) scheduled a 13th game, but couldn’t find a common partner.

  2. lbijake says: Oct 24, 2012 10:47 AM

    @femlefty- Boise would not work as Temple is not looking for a real game but more of a “probable” win so they can become bowl eligible.

  3. fcmlefty1 says: Oct 24, 2012 11:22 AM

    @Ibijake – Yeah, i realize that. I just think its too bad that Temple is in this spot, and that Boise was also in a spot that they couldn’t get a 13th game. Too bad they couldn’t have solved their problems together and fostered a good relationship heading together into the new Big East in 2013

  4. dmvtransplant says: Oct 24, 2012 11:51 AM

    This crap is so weak, the Powers That Be in CFB. Decided that 6 wins was enough to get into a bowl game, because everybody was on a 11 game schedule. Now .500 teams are in bowls year after year. Temple has 11 chances to make it to 6 wins, if they can’t pull it off than they don’t deserve a bowl bid. Besides how hard is it to get to the New Mexico Bowl anyway?

  5. apmn says: Oct 24, 2012 2:30 PM

    That sounds like a money-losing endeavor to me. I doubt they would earn enough from a bowl game to pay for a trip to Hawaii.

  6. broncosfan29 says: Oct 24, 2012 6:26 PM

    wow. didn’t know your allowed to add games after the season starts. maybe they should have won a few that they lost then they wouldn’t need another game to try and become bowl eligible. what a joke

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