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BYU inks with Hawaii, Las Vegas Bowls as 2015 football schedule announced

The school officially announced its schedule for the 2015 football season, and BYU fans might be able to enjoy Cougar football and hoops on the islands on Christmas week.

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BYU has signed on with the Hawaii Bowl and the Las Vegas Bowl for the 2015 football season, completing the school's football schedule as announced by Tom Holmoe on the BYUtv/BYU Radio simulcast show BYU Sports Nation.

Whichever of the two bowls BYU does not appear in for the 2015 season will host the Cougars in 2019.

The Hawaii Bowl is traditionally a Christmas Eve event, and Cougar fans would be in for a special treat if that is the 2015 destination. The basketball team is playing in the Diamond Head Classic on Dec. 22, 23, and 25. So BYU could invade the islands for Christmas.

Here is the full football schedule as announced:

Date

Opponent

Time (MT)

TV

Sat. Sept. 5

at Nebraska

Sat. Sept 12

Boise State

ESPN/ESPN2

Sat. Sept. 19

at UCLA

Sat. Sept. 26

at Michigan

Fri. Oct. 2

Connecticut

8:15 pm

ESPN/ESPN2

Sat. Oct. 10

East Carolina

Fri. Oct. 16

Cincinnati

6:00 pm

ESPN

Sat. Oct. 24

Wagner

1:00 pm

BYUtv

Fri. Nov. 6

at San Jose State

9:30 pm

CBS Sports Net

Sat. Nov. 14

Missouri *

Sat. Nov. 21

Fresno State

Sat. Nov. 28

at Utah State

1:30 pm

CBS Sports Net

Las Vegas/Hawaii Bowl

ESPN

*-at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City

Notes:

  • Boise State was announced for a Saturday and as a white-out game.
  • Tom Holmoe said he put together the 2015 schedule with Taysom Hill and Jamaal Williams as seniors in mind.
  • East Carolina game is the royal-out game. Holmoe announced the team will wear royal tops with white pants this time around.
  • Holmoe explained his gratitude to Wagner for slotting in to BYU's schedule late, because it allowed the Cougars to schedule a series with a big-name opponent (which was Missouri).
  • Holmoe called the game with Fresno State the "Pat Hill" game. He said the former Fresno State coach called him every year trying to schedule games but they couldn't make it work. He ran into Hill recently and told him he got Fresno on the schedule. "You bum," Hill said.
  • In general football scheduling, Holmoe said BYU really wants military academy games. BYU will play them in Ireland, the Bahamas, wherever. He just really wants to play games against the academies.
  • "We're not the only ones going to ESPN asking for good games. But since we're an ESPN partner, we get a lot of those good games."
  • Holmoe explained his experience playing at Nebraska when he was the head coach at Cal. He said it is an experience you just have to experience in person. The Huskers have sold out 340 consecutive games since 1962, and he described people will tailgate and sit in lawn chairs outside the stadium knowing full well they won't get in the game, they just want to be there.
  • Hosts Jarom Jordan and Spencer Linton told Holmoe about twitter user @TXColonel dropping $10,000 to buy a whole section of Arrowhead Stadium for BYU fans, and he's already sold out and been paid back by interested fans. Holmoe indicated he would try to set up a meeting or meal of some kind between @TXColonel, himself, and Andy Reid, BYU alum and coach of the Chiefs.