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Even with closed practices, teams weren’t left in dark


  • Who has the edge on offense, defense, special teams? Read all about it as we break down how the teams match up
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With today’s season-opening football opponents — Southern California and Hawaii — closing their practices, much of the scouting has been in the dark: the video rooms.

"We’ve been watching film on them for a long time," USC cornerback Shareece Wright said. "I feel I could go run their offense right now."

But all of the videos of past games do not create a complete picture of both teams. USC head coach Lane Kiffin, who was at Tennessee last year, will call the offensive plays. His father, Monte Kiffin, is the new defensive coordinator. The Warriors, meanwhile, have new coordinators on offense (Nick Rolovich) and defense (Dave Aranda).

Like most male college students, Wright spends his free time playing video games. This summer, he has played the NCAA football video game often. Every time, USC has won. But, he noted, the real games are "played on the field."

Here’s a look at today’s matchups:

GOING TO THE GAME……

» Traffic advisory KKEA 1420-AM provides advisories and updates.

» UH Football Express Bus to stadium available at 13 pickup locations. Go to UHFootballExpress.com for locations and more information.

» Tickets Individual game tickets online at HawaiiAthletics.com or at Stan Sheriff Center Box Office (Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or call 944-2697 during the same hours. Prices for USC game are from $20 to $50.

» Stadium Security Only fanny packs, purses, backpacks and handbags will be allowed into the stadium (subject to check). Contraband, weapons, fireworks, coolers, cans bottles, air horns, noisemakers, cans and bottles, umbrellas, outside food and/or beverages are illegal inside the stadium.

» Promotions Chevron to distribute 10,000 Thundersticks. Fans can enter (gate 3) to win a share of over $1,000 of Chevron gift cards.

» Parking Lots open 11 a.m. for lower Halawa (accommodates 1,500 vehicles); noon, for upper Halawa. Cost is $5.

» Alternate parking Runs from 1 p.m. to one hour after the game. No tailgating is allowed at alternate sites. * Leeward Community College: $2 per person for shuttle service. * Kam Drive-In: $5 parking per vehicle with free shuttle service. * Radford High School: $5 parking with no shuttle service.

… OR STAYING AT HOME

» TV Live nationally on ESPN with play-by-play by Mark Jones , color by Bob Davie, and sideline reports by Shelley Smith.

» Radio Live on KKEA1420-AM with Bobby Curran (play-by-play), Robert Kekaula (color), and John Veneri (sideline). "Countdown To Kickoff" at 3:30 p.m. and at halftime. On neighbor islands: KNUI (Maui), KHLO (Hilo), KKON (Kona).

» Video streaming espn3.com

» Audio Webcast espn1420am.com

» Live stats HawaiiAthletics.com

 

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