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UH better, so is schedule

By Ferd Lewis

LAST UPDATED: 07:52 p.m. HST, Aug 28, 2013

To answer the biggest question heading into this University of Hawaii football season up front: Yes, the Rainbow Warriors will be improved over 2012.

But to put it into perspective, their schedule will be, too.

Gone are nonconference twinkies Lamar and South Alabama and bruising Brigham Young from a schedule ranked 106th (out of 120) for degree of difficulty by the NCAA. In their places here come nationally ranked Oregon State and a double dose of the option from Navy and Army. Meanwhile, perennial power Southern California and its embattled coach, Lane Kiffin, are back to kick it off.

So, for the first time in UH history, the Rainbow Warriors will open with back-to-back nationally ranked opponents (No. 24 USC and No. 25 Oregon State) and, for just the second time in 22 years, they will go without a lower subdivision foe.

Throw in three wide-ranging November road games — Logan, Utah; Annapolis, Md.; and Laramie, Wyo. — and the combination prompted coach Norm Chow to observe at the Mountain West Conference media day, “You know, they fire coaches. (Well), they ought to fire whoever made that schedule.”

While he can remove an offensive coordinator, Chow can’t do much about the schedule and will still have to play what he’s dealt.

Bottom line: A more competitive team, but a 4-8 finish.


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bobbob wrote:
I agree with Ferd on this one. The schedule is a tougher this year, with no cupcake DII teams. We don't have any lamars or south alabamas this year. Hopefully Hawaii has improved by leaps and bounds, otherwise I cannot see UH beating anyone more than the weakest teams on the schedule, which Ferd pointed out here. Are we really a win at san jose state? didn't they just come off a 11-2 season? ------------ ---------- ---------- And as a sidenote, 5 years after the JJ years, it's absolutely depressing to see some of these horrible teams like new mex & colorado state stomping all over hawaii.
on August 20,2013 | 04:09AM
allie wrote:
true..last year was a joke but our schedule is still minor league stuff with only a few exceptions. No top 15 teams and really, the Mountain West is minor league all the way.
on August 23,2013 | 02:16PM
ricekidd wrote:
harder schudule is better... players also will step up their game. I rather let the Players play a better team than beating up on some weak team from small town. Looks good schedule wise!
on August 20,2013 | 07:21AM
Wage Earner wrote:
I am with you on this one....4-8.
on August 20,2013 | 09:19AM
hunebasami wrote:
Mac got fired for a 6 and 7 season. Chow want more for a 3 and 9 season. Now we hope for a 4 and 8. Shouldn't he be fired if we don't beat 50%. Or do we like failure. Some people don't like winning because they were never a winner.
on August 20,2013 | 03:14PM
warfan808 wrote:
there is no way they go 4-8...you always are the most pessimist writer besides dave.. Hawaii Hawaii has a chance in every game and I have heard from players they are way tougher a more talented...san diego state was more talented ayt QB last year and thats it ...we had the worst QB in our history last yearcontributed by a bad oline. schroeder could have been good with a better line. but we argubally have the BEST QB in the conferance and better than USCs QB in Taylor...while not proven hes either going to be unreal or bad . hes genes lean toward really good...optimistic of a 10-3 record this year.
on August 20,2013 | 01:00PM
warfan808 wrote:
i take it back we just lost kenny t to a mcl...if its minor maybe still get chanvce,,,this ALWAYS happens!!!
on August 20,2013 | 01:06PM
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on August 20,2013 | 01:24PM
warfan808 wrote:
what has Ben done ???or Not done??? and you cant give an assesment of chow after one season..after three and same result than we can call him mediocre...Taylor has the pedigree and physycal attributes...im not saying he WILL be great because proof is after kickoof ...but there have been a lort of great freshmen QBs who have never played a down of ncaa and were really good..marioatta is one.. so from what I ve been hearing he is looking great and our line will be better and our d will have more experance and depth...we will be better than 4 wins is what Im believing. we will wait to see. but Im hoping for the best.
on August 22,2013 | 05:52AM
droid wrote:
You are foolish if you believe Chow will get a third chance after two consecutive losing seasons. It has never happened at UH for any first-time head coach. This is Norm’s last chance. If Hawai‘i doesn’t go at least 6-6, Chow is done.

on August 25,2013 | 04:26AM
hunebasami wrote:
I'll take your bet.
on August 23,2013 | 06:52AM
hunebasami wrote:
What happen didn't like the truth.
on August 20,2013 | 03:17PM
roninsensei wrote:
We hope that UH goes 0-12. Then, get rid of the old man and bring back Miano, Rolovich, the Lee brothers, and hire Chad Ikei!! END THE MADNESS AND RETURN TO GREATNESS!!
on August 20,2013 | 08:58PM
ya_think wrote:
What are you smoking?????
on August 23,2013 | 05:58AM
hunebasami wrote:
Rolo doing great a Reno, Dave now at Wisconsin and Miano doing great at Kaiser. You can keep the Lee brothers.
on August 23,2013 | 06:56AM
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on August 23,2013 | 06:54AM
warriorrebel wrote:
I think the San Jose and Navy should be switched. I think UH beats Navy loses to San Jose. Why r people whinning about playing DII teams? Alabama, Florida and other BCS schools schedule cupcakes and are perennial top 25 teams. It's not the schedule, it's shear talent. Having a schedule like this yr in and yr out won't make UH a BCS team. It's good to have a competitive schedule but a ball buster schedule doesn't make u a top 25 team. The undefeated team season was one of the softest schedules ever and UH got a BCS bid. Beat who supposed to beat and upset those your not supposed to beat, nuff said.
on August 21,2013 | 01:23PM
frontman wrote:
Better .......... it wouldn't take much and that doesn't mean they are a competitive member of MWC.
on August 22,2013 | 06:12AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Funny reading all these comments. Hawaii fans are one of the most fickle in the nation. Those lauding the hiring of Chow when first announced are now demanding he be fired. Fact is folks, Hawaii will never be a tier one football team. It requires too much money and opponents will be reluctant to come here for the same reason. Everyone's tightening their financial belts. We'll be competitive in a tier two structure but the fact is we're pouring gobs of money into athletics, money that should be spent making UH a great academic institution. I'm in favor of moving UH athletics to Division II. Saves on money and allows for competition among various small schools in Hawaii. Most of our top local high school athletes go to major colleges on the mainland anyway so what's there to lose? Interest will be there as more local athletes will be able to compete at the Division II level and get a great education to boot.
on August 22,2013 | 07:38AM
warfan808 wrote:
YOU HAVE GOT to be kidding me..d2 we worked so hard over the years to get to d1 and in the first ten years of this century we WERE competitive and were ranked top 25 multiple times...so dont say we wont ever be a tier 1 program because we have been top 25 program many times in ten years..also we just got 66 million in donations for UH to aid education UH is doing fine and the pride of our state and university is the football program doing well like we did for most of the past 13 years...so give it a break and never take steps back..loser mentality is what you have ....one horrible season and YOU are jumping ship.
on August 22,2013 | 12:47PM
hunebasami wrote:
We hired Chow and took 10 steps back. Chow hope to at least tie Mac one bad year using 2 years. Chow hopes for 6 wins in 2 years.
on August 23,2013 | 07:01AM
Mana07 wrote:
Gee Ferd. Thanks for the vote of confidence and rallying the fans to get them all out to the stadium on Thursday...
on August 22,2013 | 03:03PM
hunebasami wrote:
I hope not Custer's last stand.
on August 23,2013 | 07:02AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Vegas oddsmakers seem to agree. They have USC as only a little more than a three touchdown favorite.
on August 23,2013 | 09:49AM
Sunny wrote:
UH needs to win some games this year so OC16 can televise some different UH football games instead of replaying the Lamar, South Alabama and UNLV games.
on August 26,2013 | 11:32AM
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