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McMackin: Louisiana Tech will be tough

By Ferd Lewis

LAST UPDATED: 03:07 p.m. HST, Sep 26, 2011

Louisiana Tech, Saturday's conference-opening opponent, "is going to be one of our tougher games of the year," University of Hawaii football coach Greg McMackin said today.

"I mean, there's no doubt about that," McMackin said on a Western Athletic Conference coaches' teleconference. "It is always tough to play in Ruston — and to get there."

UH is a 3 1/2-point underdog on the Las Vegas betting lines.

"They are a much, much better team than we played last year," McMackin said. UH won, 41-21, at Aloha Stadium in 2010.

UH is 2-2 and the Bulldogs are 1-3. 

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bleedgreen wrote:
Agreed. Hawaii will have to play like they did against UC Davis if they are to win. LaTech's real tough this year. Hard to tell where Hawaii is this year. Hawaii is up and down. Very unpredictable. Odds are Hawaii does not play well in Ruston, so I see them as an 8-point underdog. Hawaii will have difficulty containing Bulldog's running game.
on September 26,2011 | 08:30AM
Bdpapa wrote:
Well said! Hope for the upset!
on September 26,2011 | 09:23AM
ahonui90 wrote:
UH needs this victory so fans can get over this ridiculous loss to UNLV. The same UNLV that got torched at home versus Southern Utah State. I hope they can pull it off. It will make the loss to UNLV a little more tolerable.
on September 26,2011 | 09:30AM
Tipops wrote:
This weeks game will be a good one. We're playing a good La Tech team on the road, it's the conference opener and we're coming off a big win while they're coming off a tough loss to Miss. State, in overtime. Hope our guys are going to be prepared for a battle. that kid Creer is a heck of a running back and for a true freshman, their QB shows a lot of potential. I feel that this game, more than any we've played so far, will show what Hawaii's got and determine what our season will be like. If we can stop beating ourselves we'll be OK. Just feel bad that it took two horrible losses to wake the coaches up. We know we can beat up on lesser quality teams but how are we going to do against a good team? We'll see this saturday!
on September 26,2011 | 09:32AM
inverse wrote:
Hawaii beat UC Davis, however UC Davis is a division I-AA team. Great that Hawaii can beat I-AA teams but now struggles to win against even the lowest performing I-A teams. Time for a change. As the saying goes, need to scramble some eggs to make an omelet. Cannot be for lack of talent, size and speed cause Hawaii is home of many of the best football players in the nation coming out of high school.
on September 26,2011 | 11:12AM
u808man wrote:
Aloha Warrior Nation! I've been to two UH-LaTech games at Ruston, Louisiana and trust me when I say, thats no cake walk folks (very hostile environment). First time in 2007 with Colt inc., and watched our Warriors pull out a "Oh my goodness" 45-44 OT win in the god foresaken humidity. I was there in 2010 and witnessed the killing of "baby seals" (if you will) as LaTech totally crushed us (27-6? something like that), ending Greg Alexander's career and a UH freshmen QB named Bryant Moniz walked onto the field to ride out the rest of the lopsided affair. So, Hawai'i knows they will need to "Bring it" or it will be another long quiet ride back home. Ready or not, UH's WAC play begins in Ruston and the Warriors must "ARRIVE ALIVE!" "Start fast and Finish Strong!" Let's Go to WAR-riors!
on September 26,2011 | 01:34PM
akuman808 wrote:
Coach keep La Tech to 20 points or less if you can. This 30-40 point per game has got to stop against Division 1 teams. We would be fortunate if we can score 20 or more points against a good team and coaching staff.
on September 26,2011 | 01:58PM
rrrra wrote:
take 25 players on travel roster to save on expenses spent in VEGAS... NO SHOT IN RUSTON, LA. Take a week off and then maybe win in SAN JOSE, CA.
on September 26,2011 | 05:07PM
Manapua_Man wrote:
So... why is this news?
on September 26,2011 | 05:15PM
Wazdat wrote:
DUH....it hurts to listen and watcj this guy speak. He does not sound that bright at all.
on September 26,2011 | 08:12PM
Tekken005 wrote:
If Hawaii can't beat UNLV, then they can't beat La Tech. The Bulldogs should cover this game easily.
on September 26,2011 | 09:05PM
tigerwarrior wrote:
It's difficult to judge a team based on a previous performance--referring to the UNLV loss. Perhaps UNLV presented too many match up problems for UH to overcome. One thing's for sure--if UH loses the turnover battle against any WAC team they're facing on the road this year--9 times out of ten I'd say they'll lose.
on September 26,2011 | 11:01PM
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