The Honolulu Advertiser is reporting that the Hawaii Bowl could extend an invitation to SMU after this week’s regular-season finale against Tulane in Dallas.
According to the paper, Hawaii Bowl executive director David Matlin is expected to be in Dallas this weekend.
The Mustangs (6-5) will remain eligible for a Conference USA bowl tie-in regardless of whether they win or lose. Hawaii is attractive both to SMU and the bowl executives because of coach June Jones and his ties to the islands.
Jones acknowledged earlier in the year that he told his team that if it won six games that it would most likely play in Hawaii. That plan strayed a little last week when the Mustangs found themselves in first place and looking at possible trip to the Liberty Bowl, the traditional destination for the C-USA champion. That’s still a possibility should SMU win and Houston lose to Rice this weekend. SMU would have to defeat either Southern Miss or East Carolina to win the title.
The ideal matchup for the Hawaii Bowl would be to have SMU against Hawaii, but the Warriors have to win their next two games against Navy and Wisconsin to be bowl eligible.