Does anyone remember the last time Hawaii won a football game as a road underdog? I can’t. I think the record in that situation is not very good.
I have to stick by my preseason predictions (since they’re right so far) and LaTech wins tonight. Here’s why: UH has not proven it can stop the run; Central Arkansas, Wazzu and UNLV all ran on the Warriors. Why won’t LaTech? Fonoti can’t play both sides and is rusty, and Falemalu will be a great player, but right now he’s a relatively light pass rushing end. UH’s lack of depth at tackle could also tell on it late in the game. Were 10 days enough to cure UH’s red zone offense woes? LaTech’s losses are to Navy and Auburn, so throw the records out the window. Two very good UH teams (2003 and 2007) barely escaped from Ruston with wins, and the 2005 team led by Brennan was crushed. It is a tough place to play at for Hawaii, although the Warriors have won 2 out of 3 there, they’ve been outscored overall.
–By Dave Reardon