With yesterday’s expected Pac-12 announcement that its member schools will only play conference games, that suddenly leaves the University of Hawaii football team with only nine games on its 2020 schedule. (Earlier this week, FCS school Fordham announced that it will cancel its first three games of the season, including a Sept. 12 game at Hawaii.)
What will UH Athletics Director David Matlin and his team do now? Is there anything that be done?
Then there’s the scariest question of all: Will there even be a college football season this fall?
For now, from a purely layman’s standpoint, UH may decide to go with one of these routes:
1. Just play the remaining nine games on the schedule.
2. Work with the rest of the Mountain West Conference and, like the Power 5 conferences, play an all-conference schedule.
3. Work with other schools impacted by the Pac-12 and Big Ten’s decisions to fill out the holes in each other’s schedules. BYU, for example, had two games against Pac-12 opponents this season. Could the Rainbow Warriors and Cougars decide to pair up and play each other, either in Honolulu or Provo?
How about playing UNLV three times – twice in Las Vegas? (We’re only half kidding, actually.)
If UH does decide to plug the holes in their schedule, here are some possibilities. We left out all the Power 5 conference teams since they will all likely follow the Pac-12 and Big Ten and restrict their schedules to conference play.
As you might expect, this will be huge topics on our local ESPN Honolulu programs. Keep listening to The Bobby Curran Show, Josh Pacheco Show and The Sports Animals – and call in or text your comments!
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