Maybe the worst game ever or it could be good.
Duquesne doesn’t give 63 scholarships, so this doesn’t help Hawaii get to bowl eligibility
Awesome, great to see a college football game come over to Oz. Just hope they sell out the stadium to make the trip worth it. A bad look for Sydney if they have a lot of empty seats. IMO great to see but maybe wrong choice of cities.
Wrong choice of cities? More like wrong choice of teams. I wouldn’t blame anybody for not wanting to waste their time and money on that garbage team Hawaii fields.
I’m a Boise State fan living in Adelaide Australia, and I follow college football more intently than just about anyone in Australia I feel. I’m not even contemplating going to this game. Would rather spend $2,000 to go to America to watch something like San Jose State vs Fresno State, than spend $500 to go to Sydney to watch Cal vs Hawai’i. If it were an attractive program like say USC, or UCLA, or Oregon at Cal’s expense. I probably go, or if it’s a semi-respectable school like San Diego State, or Air Force, or Nevada (even if I hate them) at Hawai’i expense. I probably go as it’d be a good game. But I’m not going to go watch a game you know will be a Cal 4+ TD win.
If we’re going to get a game, do it right! There’s talk still for a bowl game in Melbourne. At least there we’re getting average teams at worst depending on who’s selected. Much better proposal than this.
In Australia the NFL has a niche following. And a pre-season game in 1999 only got 74k (ANZ Stadium had a capacity of 110k back then pre-olympics). For every 10 NFL fans. Only 1 would even look at college football. If this is even 50% full (40k) I’ll be in shock.
If you don’t like the matchup, blame Baylor.
The game in Australia was supposed to be Cal vs. Baylor, but Baylor backed out for unknown reasons.
Yeah the unknown reason is the would rather play FCS teams and group 5 teams! They need to man up and play a power 5 team in non conference play!!!
Sold 20,000 tickets yesterday in pre-sales, enjoy sitting at home in Adelaide!
NSW Premier Mike Baird said it took the State Government about 12 months to secure the match
Would love to see my New Mexico Lobos play in Australia! We love our Aussie connections with Luc Longley and Hugh Greenwood/Cameron Bairstow in college basketball! Maybe we can get some young Australian studs to come play American football for the Lobos as well!
There maybe a number of aussies who will be the BIG losers when these two teams meet. Sorry to say Aussies lack the ability to love a team win or lose.
With Labor Day being September 7 in 2020, that means FCS plays 11 games. Fordham can play a 12th with the Hawaii Exemption.
If they are smart they will promote it as Rams @ 49ers and not mention either college.
BYU does not play Pac-12 opponents in the last week of November in upcoming 15-week seasons (2019, 2024, 2025) so with Hawaii going non-conference against Army that weekend in 2019 and 2024, perhaps we see BYU vs MWC with the Mountain West left with 11 teams to schedule.
Seems clear that Hawai’i closing down football is less and less likely with each additional contract.
What happened to the games against Kansas?
Kansas asked out of the contract due to their coaching change.