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UH football team picked to finish last in division

By Stephen Tsai

LAST UPDATED: 12:49 p.m. HST, Jul 23, 2013

LAS VEGAS » The University of Hawaii football team was picked to finish sixth — last — in the Mountain West Conference's West Division in a poll announced today at the league's media preview.

Media members covering MWC football teams were polled.

"We understand, given our wins and losses from last year, being placed where we're at," UH quarterback Taylor Graham said. "We're going to embrace the underdog role. We definitely have a chip on our shoulder. We have a lot to prove. We're looking forward to that."

Defensive tackle Saui Matagiese said: "I don't want to say I don't pay attention to (the poll). It motivates us. We'll use it as a driving force."

The Warriors were 3-9 in 2012, Norm Chow's first season as UH head coach.

"We're not the same team," Matagiese said. "We got way faster, way stronger."

The Rainbow Warriors also did not place any players on the 2013 MWC preseason all-conference team.

This is the first year that the MWC, which added two teams to expand to 12 members, is separated into two divisions.

Fresno State was picked to win the West. Boise State was selected as the Mountain Division's top team.

West Division

1. Fresno State (39 first-place votes) 243 points
2. San Diego State (1) 181
3. San Jose State (1) 172
4. Nevada 135
5. UNLV 71
6. Hawaii 59

Mountain Division

1. Boise State (40) 245
2. Utah State (1) 204
3. Air Force 143
4. Wyoming 116
5. Colorado State 90
6. New Mexico 63

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OldDiver wrote:
Not surprised.
on July 22,2013 | 06:18AM
frontman wrote:
This works right into Chow Time. No expectations, only way to go is up and if you don't you were expected to be a worse team than last year anyway.
on July 22,2013 | 06:26AM
OldDiver wrote:
Expectation is what puts butts in the seats.
on July 22,2013 | 06:51AM
serious wrote:
Agreed. I just hope they pay for the seats.
on July 22,2013 | 06:56AM
Anonymous wrote:
Who would go for free?
on July 22,2013 | 09:32AM
Anonymous wrote:
Who would go, even for free?
on July 22,2013 | 09:38AM
walaau808 wrote:
I would!
on July 22,2013 | 12:02PM
frontman wrote:
Disappointment makes them stay home. You might have a game this year with less than 10K sitting in the stands. When the thousands getting free seats get the notice, they aren't paying for a ticket, they feel they were owed.
on July 22,2013 | 12:12PM
mitt_grund wrote:
More like crowds averaging under 5000. Ask Oceanic how many people are ordering the broadcasts. No interest. Don't know if a top-notch schedule helps. Do people want to go to see other teams run all over the 'Bows? May be YES. Probably, betting will be on how big the spread is.
on July 22,2013 | 01:16PM
allie wrote:
As weak as the schedule is, this is a another disappointment. Best to end the bad program and put the money in our academics!
on July 22,2013 | 07:50AM
EwaWarrior wrote:
Weak schedule???? You obviously don't know college football! Oregon State, Navy, Nevada, Fresno St, San Jose St, Utah St and San Diego St all went to bowl games last year. USC is a perennial power, too. That leaves UNLV, Colorado St, Wyoming and Army as what you must consdier "weak" opponents, thereby meaning winnable games. Not sure that this schedule could be considered weak considering the conference UH is in and the non-conference opponents they'll face.
on July 22,2013 | 08:09AM
konakeoni99 wrote:
don't feed the troll aka "allie"
on July 22,2013 | 08:16AM
BO0o07 wrote:
Allie knows as much about football or sports in general as I know about brain surgery.
on July 22,2013 | 09:36AM
allie wrote:
you must be a neurosurgeon then!
on July 22,2013 | 10:51AM
jimmyhouse67 wrote:
You're really not very well-read on athletics are you? Also, you dropped out of school so who are you to be talking about academics. I graduated college in 4 years, you've been here at least 6 years. 10 year plan are you?
on July 22,2013 | 08:10AM
allie wrote:
no hon..when I graduate in December, I will have been here 4.5 years. Not bad for a person with a very full-time-part-time job. Now just settle down...
on July 22,2013 | 09:37AM
dlum003 wrote:
Don't call him hon, sir
on July 22,2013 | 01:00PM
PCWarrior wrote:
Can anyone id who "allie" actually is? I think she'd be a great item for a feature in the Star Advertiser. You know, the most dreadful of all the hating posters. One hundred bucks to the first person who can identify her and provide a photo for us.
on July 22,2013 | 04:49PM
DanielO wrote:
on July 23,2013 | 04:04AM
HOSSANA wrote:
Do you know anything about football?? Hawaii has one of the toughest non-conference schedules in Div. 1 this year and certainly in the MWC. Geezus, get your head out of the ground before making rash generalizaations!!!!
on July 22,2013 | 08:44AM
allie wrote:
It is a minor league conference hon. It is what it is
on July 22,2013 | 09:37AM
dlum003 wrote:
Don't call him hon, sir.
on July 22,2013 | 01:00PM
joshislost wrote:
on July 22,2013 | 06:26PM
gobows wrote:
if you not SEC, then everyone else is "minor"
on July 22,2013 | 01:10PM
Allie, you just dont get it do you. It is the football team that brings in the bucks, brings in the name. There is a little thing called marketing and advertising and name recognition. Unfortunately, there is a little thing called Title IX, that albeit had good intent, it has hamstrung college athletics forever. Please utilize some of that "academic" education you think needs to be taken from football and athletics and use it when you open your mouth and allow the premature thoughts OUT.
on July 22,2013 | 09:44AM
allie wrote:
Football is costing UH a ton of money and it detracts from our academic mission.
on July 22,2013 | 10:52AM
dlum003 wrote:
Don't call him ho ... oh sorry.
on July 22,2013 | 01:01PM
gobows wrote:
What is the "academic mission" exactly?
on July 22,2013 | 01:11PM
EwaWarrior wrote:
Don't forget, MRC Greenwood is costing UH $5000 per month because she chooses not to live on campus!
on July 22,2013 | 01:23PM
ahi1pfb wrote:
allie, once again you show your ignorance. Please go comment on a topic you at least know something about.
on July 22,2013 | 11:06AM
kahu808 wrote:
This from a person who has no accomplishments in life.
on July 22,2013 | 11:22AM
jimmyhouse67 wrote:
The program was here long before you and will be here long after you are gone and forgotten. The state takes pride in the program and the school, something you will never be able to comprehend as where you come from the programs have never been and will never be anything above Division II. Who are you to talk about a minor league program?
on July 22,2013 | 05:52PM
oxtail01 wrote:
Wrong - Chow time means burying deeper into the ground and choking off the last remaining lights!
on July 22,2013 | 08:36AM
pcman wrote:
IRT front on Chow Time. Chow did fair to good in the recruiting of local talents. He has to be flexible enough to respond to the other team rather than just pound out a single set of plays, offensive and defensive. He also has to be able to work the offense based on the abilities of the QB in at the time. Can't do running plays by a passing QB and can't do long passing plays by a running QB. Last year he lacked that flexibility. He needs a bunch of trick plays to use both in critical situations and unexpectedly in normal situations. Against stronger teams, he has to run at least a dozen trick plays to keep an edge over the better tea. Can't wait to be behind 3-4 touchdowns to run trick plays. Gotta do them at least once in every series. Might sound outrageous, but he has to play them to get ahead and stay ahead and not to pick up a few points near the end of the game. At that point he may as well take the loss and save a trick play for the next game.
on July 22,2013 | 09:56AM
protector wrote:
I think he could've used trick plays more during the last season. He won't need it as much this year as the team seems much deeper this year and less likely to be as tested on the D-Line and O-Line who were devastated abd significantly weakened by the unanticipated injuries. Our new starting QB is so much better than Schroeder, the comparison is ridiculous. Red Zone scoring will automatically increase, not to mention that this QB has a quick release and is less decisive than Schroeder
on July 22,2013 | 11:40AM
FrankieT wrote:
Nothing new there, maybe they will fool all of us and have a good season
on July 22,2013 | 06:56AM
busterb wrote:
Hey so anything about last is great! Go Go BoWars!
on July 22,2013 | 07:10AM
krusha wrote:
Hopefully they can at least stay ahead of UNLV. I predict they would end up at 4th or 3rd place in their division.
on July 22,2013 | 07:12AM
Sunny wrote:
We're going to attend the UNLV game in October and hope UH does not get blown out like they did in 2011.
on July 22,2013 | 08:19AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
OK. There's no place to go but up.
on July 22,2013 | 07:32AM
roninsensei wrote:
Agree. Beat USC!!
on July 22,2013 | 07:35AM
kahuku01 wrote:
Sure! Put in your bet, USC is giving Hawaii 22 points as of yesterday.
on July 22,2013 | 09:10AM
Dragonman wrote:
Did you attend UH Hilo in the late sixties ?
on July 22,2013 | 03:08PM
BigOpu wrote:
Below San Jose St and UNLV? WTH...C'mon Bows, this is all wrong. Pride & Respect. Chow, local boy, don't blow this.
on July 22,2013 | 07:36AM
bigislandkurt wrote:
Probably on par with UNLV. But San Jose state is legit. Not the same SJSU that we knew recently.
on July 22,2013 | 12:27PM
BigOpu wrote:
I give you dat BIKurt. Switch um out with NM den. Then again, it's just opinions based on last year. We get chance to prove them wrong. Go Bows
on July 22,2013 | 02:51PM
Descartes22 wrote:
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on July 22,2013 | 07:37AM
jimmyhouse67 wrote:
Actually UNLV has won 6 games in the past three years, as this is Hauck's 4th year here in Las Vegas. They won 5 games 4 years ago. It's still bad to be ranked behind UNLV but UH wont finish behind them as most people here in Las Vegas know. UNLV is a very bad team and their recruiting has been horrible. I don't guarantee much but I will go out on a limb and say UH finishes above UNLV. You make some good points but it's also apples to oranges in comparing coaches and teams. For every team that does well in a coaches 1st year, you have other teams such as Colorado, Kansas, and UNLV that aren't very good. Also, rankings are just speculation at the beginning of the year that it's nice and all for them to be picked high but that doesn't amount to much on the field. It's all a wait and see and I will support any coach of a team I cheer for because to hope for their failure is to hope that the team fails and I don't think that way. Realistically, I'm sure coach Chow and the rest of the coaches nationwide don't care what the opinion of the fan's are because they are just that, fans, who usually think they know better from their stadium and arena seats. Go Warriors.
on July 22,2013 | 07:59AM
Descartes22 wrote:
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on July 22,2013 | 10:45AM
jimmyhouse67 wrote:
Not blind faith, just support. Criticism is the American way whether the person doing the critique is well-informed or not, as many of these comments have proven. I accept that as much as you should accept the I have as much right to comment as you do. Right? We sometimes agree and sometimes don't, that's entirely acceptable except to the close-minded and ignorant.
on July 22,2013 | 05:55PM
allie wrote:
agree..at last, an honest man
on July 22,2013 | 09:37AM
jimmyhouse67 wrote:
BTW, I do appreciate that you do return comments and I respect that, unlike some here who reply in the simplest of terms and when proven incorrect tend to shy away.
on July 22,2013 | 05:58PM
jussayin wrote:
Not surprising. Unless Chow changes his approach on coaching it'll be another boring season. If attendance continues to be low, they should consider opening only the lower half of the stadium to cut costs. Hopefully we'll be more competitive than last year. I'll be looking for the UH football shirts on sale at Longs [joke]
on July 22,2013 | 07:43AM
Hilofrank wrote:
A. And you expected something else?! B. Top down leadership (i.e., MRC and lack of leadership throughout entire 10 campus system). C. We deserve better.
on July 22,2013 | 07:53AM
konakeoni99 wrote:
you're right Hilifrank, we deserve better!
on July 22,2013 | 08:18AM
konakeoni99 wrote:
thank you to the id10ts that hired No Clue aka Norm Chow!!!
on July 22,2013 | 08:16AM
souzaboy wrote:
Hawaii will be the surprise team of the year.
on July 22,2013 | 08:32AM
Sunny wrote:
Hope it's a pleasant surprise!
on July 22,2013 | 08:42AM
Bdpapa wrote:
Yes sir Baby! I'm with you. Go Rainbow Warriors!
on July 22,2013 | 10:02AM
SueH wrote:
Well, at least the football team is predicted to live up to the same standard as the rest of the school.
on July 22,2013 | 08:44AM
Anonymous wrote:
on July 22,2013 | 09:26AM
Anonymous wrote:
on July 22,2013 | 09:38AM
connie wrote:
Got my tickets and ready to roll. Gotta support the AlmaMater.
on July 22,2013 | 09:25AM
Anonymous wrote:
Why am I not surprised.
on July 22,2013 | 09:57AM
false wrote:
Not a bad thing at all..... it can only go up.
on July 22,2013 | 10:13AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
I wonder who the highest paid State employee is?
on July 22,2013 | 10:38AM
eastside808 wrote:
Polls dont matter too much especially pre-season. Warriors just gotta keep on winning and that should take care of any polls. Tough schedule, but we get to play the big boys so we'll find out how good or bad we are. Haven't gone to a game for a long time, but if USC tickets still available, think I will be going to the game. Go Warriors!!!
on July 22,2013 | 11:14AM
protector wrote:
Things couldn't have been better if we planned it that way. The outside expectations are so low that even moderate success will open eyes, much less some stunning upsets. There's no pressure to meet with lofty expectations. It also gives the team some "bulletin board material" to feed off of and victories will be so much sweeter. The only thing better would be to finally put a whipping on USC to crush Lane Kiffin's hopes for a redeeming season.
on July 22,2013 | 11:31AM
inverse wrote:
Any "bulletin board material" is completely cancelled out and completely ineffective against the public UH "haka insult" against opposing teams. Makes it 100 times worse when UH does it in an opposing team's stadium. The haka is an attempt to intimidate and scare an opponent before a battle, including the throat slash gesture before it was banned by the NCAA, and UH is in NO position to make such a public attempt at intimidation and threat before each football game.That just motivates all UH opponents beyond belief, even the mediocre ones to play with all of their heart to run UH into the ground. If the Haka is tradition with UH, then fine, but do it privately in the locker room to bring up the intensity of the players THEN take that internalized intensity onto the playing field during game time. Never forgot a USC-UH game at Aloha Stadium quite a few years back when just before the start of the game, Vili taunted the USC players and their numerous fans at the Stadium. When it was crystal clear just before the half that USC would wipe out UH, a couple USC players on the field imitated Vili and got them an unsportsmanlike penalty, but that didn't matter as the USC fans got the last collective laugh back at Vili, the UH team and the fans.
on July 22,2013 | 12:27PM
Descartes22 wrote:
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on July 22,2013 | 12:35PM
mitt_grund wrote:
Kind of like the haka. But you're right makes you look stupid when and if you lose.
on July 22,2013 | 01:21PM
LizKauai wrote:
on July 22,2013 | 12:04PM
rayhawaii wrote:
That would make a great movie, team picked to come in last makes a super comeback and finishes first, I don't think so but would be a great movie.
on July 22,2013 | 12:07PM
BonDancr wrote:
This team will prove all the naysayers wrong. Go Bows!!
on July 22,2013 | 12:24PM
dlum003 wrote:
Nooooooo?!! You cannot be serious! OK, no more freebie tickets to see the last ranked team in an inferior conference, but everybody DRINK UP!!!.
on July 22,2013 | 12:59PM
Bumby wrote:
I'll stated again, UH going to the Sugar Bowl in 2007 was when if the State of Hawaii and UH wanted to take it to another level and continue the success of football which would have helped all sports, but all in the power positions did nothing of the kind. What a joke if that ever happens those opportunities were stepping stones to make it better. It got worse after that. That is how idiotic the path that was taken.
on July 22,2013 | 01:33PM
buds4life wrote:
Not the biggest fan of Coach Chow after last season's fiasco, but I'm hopeful for a better season. My preseason pick for most valuable BowWarrior is Coach Naole. Good luck Coach Chow, his staff and the players. No doubt they will leave it all on the field.
on July 22,2013 | 06:39PM
mynah wrote:
wonder where warriors would be if we stuck with coach mac
on July 22,2013 | 08:53PM
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