While the University of Hawaii is taking aim at securing a bowl, its opponent Saturday at Aloha Stadium, Massachusetts, feels like it is already in one.
The Minutemen, who are 2-9, arrived Sunday and “are treating this like a bowl game,” said Molly O’Mara, UMass Associate Director of Athletics for Communications and Public Relations.
The Minutemen played Saturday at Brigham Young University, losing 51-9 to the Cougars, and caught a Sunday morning flight to Honolulu, arriving about 2 p.m, just after UH.
The Rainbow Warriors (5-7) returned about noon Sunday from their road game at Fresno State.
“We’re out of school this week — there are no classes — and we were already at BYU, so it made sense to come out (early),” O’Mara said.
UMass’ regular travel roster of about 75 players will be augmented Tuesday when walk-ons and scout team players arrive, O’Mara said.
The Minutemen, who are staying in Waikiki, are scheduled to visit Pearl Harbor today and have team activities mixed in around practices and study sessions. They will celebrate Thanksgiving at Pearl Harbor.
The Rainbow Warriors, who are a 9-point favorite on the Las Vegas betting lines, need a victory over UMass to be considered for a bowl opening if some of the 80 bowl slots remain unfilled.