Four University of Hawai’i football games will be televised nationally this season, including three against Power 5 conference teams.
Two of the games will be picked up by CBS Sports Network as part of the Mountain West’s television package – Sept. 1 home opener against Stanford and Oct. 14 home conference opener against San Diego State. Kick-off is slated for 5:00 p.m. HT for each contest at Clarence T.C. Ching Complex.
In addition, UH’s season-opener at Vanderbilt, Aug. 26, will air on the SEC Network with a kick time of 6:30 p.m. CT while its road game at Oregon, Sept. 16, will be televised on the Pac-12 Network with a 5:00 p.m. PT kick-off.
FOX will broadcast the Mountain West Championship Game, Saturday, Dec. 2 at 1:00 p.m. MT/12:00 p.m. PT/10:00 a.m. HT.
This season marks the fourth year of the Mountain West’s six-year television contract with CBS Sports and FOX Sports.
Additional broadcasts by Spectrum Sports will be announced in the coming months.
National Television Games
Aug. 26 at Vanderbilt, 6:30 p.m. CT – SEC Network
Sept. 1 vs. Stanford, 5:00 p.m. HT – CBS Sports Network
Sept. 16 at Oregon, 5:00 p.m. PT – Pac-12 Network
Oct. 14 vs. San Diego State, 5:00 p.m. HT – CBS Sports Network
Additionally, the 2023 EasyPost Hawai‘i Bowl – the 20th edition of the Aloha State’s college football bowl game – will be played Saturday, Dec. 23 at the Clarence T.C. Ching Athletics Complex on the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa campus.
The annual holiday bowl game will showcase teams from the Mountain West and American Athletic Conference and will kick off Saturday, Dec. 23rd at 10:30 p.m. ET (5:30 p.m. HT) on ESPN. The game will be played outside its traditional Christmas Eve slot for just the fifth time in bowl history.
“Saturday evening, under the lights at the Clarence T.C. Ching Athletics Complex will be a fantastic atmosphere for our participating teams and fans as we celebrate the 20th edition of Hawai‘i’s college football bowl tradition,” said executive director Daryl Garvin.
The Ching Athletics Complex will play host to the EasyPost Hawai‘i Bowl while the New Aloha Stadium Entertainment District is being completed. Aloha Stadium, the former home of the bowl game, hosted the bowl game annually from 2002 to 2019.
A Mountain West team has played in the EasyPost Hawai‘i Bowl every year since 2012 while the American Athletic will send a representative for the third time.
The EasyPost Hawai‘i Bowl is known for high scoring, thrilling offensive performances and close games with two overtime contests and eight games decided by one touchdown or less. In addition to promoting the island way of life by sponsoring events intrinsic to Hawai‘i, the bowl supports many non-profit organizations through the Hawai‘i Bowl Foundation. More than $1 million has been awarded to local charities since the inception of the Hawai‘i Bowl Foundation. Additionally, through the Extra Yard for Teachers program, the EasyPost Hawai‘i Bowl has partnered with Teach for America Hawai’i to support teachers, schools and students.
Last season, the bowl was played for the first time since 2019 after cancellations in 2020 and 2021 due to Covid-19. Middle Tennessee kicked a go-ahead field goal with 2:05 remaining for a 25-23 victory over San Diego State. Blue Raiders defensive end Jordan Ferguson was named Most Valuable Player.
The bowl game was created in 2002 after the hometown Rainbow Warriors finished the 2001 season with a 9-3 record and were not invited to a bowl game. The University of Hawai’i has participated in the bowl a record nine times.
Tickets are expected to go on sale later this summer.
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