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Five keys to the Hawaii Bowl matchup

Updated: January 29, 2010, 12:09 PM ET
By Jeff Caplan | ESPNDallas.com

It's hardly déją vu 25 years later, but the last time the SMU Mustangs played in a bowl game, it was also in Hawaii.

Thursday's long-awaited bowl return comes at the Hawaii Bowl, as second-year coach June Jones fulfilled a goal to bring his new team to his former state.

In 1984 at what was then the Aloha Bowl, SMU finished 10-2 after beating Notre Dame 27-20. The Irish won't be back in Hawaii, but SMU will have its hands full with the ground game of the Nevada Wolf Pack, ...

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