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Temple still looking for a 12th game – for this year

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Temple football is trying to add Hawaii to its schedule — this year's schedule.

The Owls, who made an abrupt move from the Mid-American Conference to the Big East during the offseason, have been in talks with officials at Hawaii to get a game in December.

And Hawaii is open to discussions.

"It's very far from a done deal. We're going through the due diligence," acting athletic director Rockne Freitas told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Because of how quickly Temple had to cobble together its current schedule, the Owls only have 11 games and with a 3-3 record, would like as many opportunities as possible to make the best bowl game possible.

Hawaii currently has 12 games on its schedule, but an NCAA provision allows the Warriors and their opponents to play 13 regular-season games, one above the normal limit.

But when would these two teams meet?

Temple's final game is Nov. 23 against Syracuse while Hawaii's final game is a nonconference matchup against South Alabama on Dec. 2. That would mean the game would have to take place on Dec. 8, a date that has been reserved for the Army-Navy game. The game moved to that date so that it would be the only football game on that day.

The Mountain West gave Hawaii the green light to pursue a game against Temple, but the university is still waiting for clearance from the NCAA. If this game does happen, it would be one of the few times a matchup was scheduled in the middle of the season.

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