Sunday, December 02, 2012

2012 Hawaii Warriors

[8/29/12] Bob Hogue predicts a 5-7 season

[8/31/12] The New Look Warriors

[9/1/12] Norm Chow Returns to the Coliseum Saturday to Make History

[9/1/12] Hawaii 10, USC 49

[9/15/12] Lamar 2, Hawaii 54

[9/22/12] Nevada 69, Hawaii 22

[9/27/12] Memories of Provo

[9/28/12] Hawaii 0, BYU 47

[10/2/12] Geordon Hanohano retires from football after neck injury

[10/7/12] Hawaii 14, San Diego State 52

[10/8/12] Despite its woes in the numbers game, the Hawaii football team is committed to the pro-set offense and man-press defense that were implemented this spring.

Out of 120 FBS schools, the Warriors' offense is 118th, with 266.60 yards per game. They are 110th in rushing (104.20 yards per game), 109th in passing (162.40), 107th in scoring (20.40) and 116th in third-down conversions (28.36 percent).

On defense, they are 87th (425.8 yards per game). They are good against the pass (211.80), poor against the run (214.0) and extremely generous in points allowed (43.80).

The Warriors have lost three in a row and are 1-4 overall entering this Saturday's homecoming game against New Mexico.

[10/13/12] New Mexico 35, Hawaii 23

[10/14/12] Warriors might go winless in the MWC

[10/15/12] Evaluation time

I wonder how Hawaii ranks among the teams in college football?  Well teamrankings.com has them at 118 (out of 124), ahead of Akron, S. Alabama, UMass, Idaho, Fla Atlantic, N Mex State.  They have their record at 0-5, so I guess they didn't count Lamar.  Their opponents?  USC (15), Nevada (62), BYU (52), San Diego State (80), New Mexico (74).  Alabama is the consensus #1 team in the nation, but teamrankings has them at #4.

Sagarin seems more accurate.  They have Hawaii at 147 (out of 246), USC (10), Lamar (213), Nevada (57), BYU (30), San Diego State (65), New Mexico (109).  Upcoming opponents: Colorado State (148), Fresno State (42), Boise State (20), Air Force (79), UNLV (132), South Alabama (170).

So Colorado State, UNLV, South Alabama should be winnable.  Especially the latter two since Colorado State is on the road.  Hawaii is currently ranked 9 out of 10 in the Mountain West (ahead of Colorado State).  I see that Wyoming is the only conference team not on their schedule.

[10/21/12] Despite not losing this week, Hawaii is down to #162 in the Sagarin rankings.  They are now ranked last in the Mountain West behind Colorado State.  They play Colorado State this week on the road and so should be the underdog.  Colorado State is ranked #141.

[10/27/12] Hawaii 27, Colorado State 42

[11/3/12] Hawaii 10, Fresno State 45

Hawaii's time will come, but when?

[11/10/12] Boise State 49, Hawaii 14
$47 for this?
How far things have fallen

[11/14/12] The inconvenient truths of UH football.

* Inconvenient Truth No. 1: Norm Chow isn’t going anywhere. That’s good news for supporters and bad news for detractors.
* Inconvenient Truth No. 2: This is the most talent-deprived team in decades.
* Inconvenient Truth No. 3: The 2012 Warriors are a MASH unit.
* Inconvenient Truth No. 4: Nick Rolovich isn’t the answer.
* Inconvenient Truth No. 5: The team has not improved.
* Inconvenient Truth No. 6 or Inconvenient Opinion No. 1: The coaching has been inadequate, especially when it comes to the lack of urgency in the second half.
* Inconvenient Truth No. 7: The program is in danger of becoming irrelevant.

[11/16/12] Hawaii 7, Air Force 21

The name "Air Force" emblazoned on the front of their uniforms was a great misnomer on a Friday night when the academy football team beat Hawaii with one hand essentially tied behind its back.

That would be the right, passing hand of Falcons quarterback Connor Dietz, who only raised his arm in victory -- and a couple of pump fakes.

Dietz never so much as put the ball in the 30-degree Rocky Mountain air and, still, the Falcons, daring the Warriors to stop them, were able to cooly come away with a 21-7 victory built around their relentless infantry and unyielding defense.

Sixty-eight offensive plays by Air Force, 68 runs and the Falcons (6-5) became bowl eligible and earned a trip to the Bell Helicopter Bowl.

It was the first time since 1992 the Falcons have gone without authoring a pass, and the first time UH has been beaten in the modern era (since leather helmets) by a foe that declined to take to the air.

[11/24/12] 10 UNLV, Hawaii 48.  For what was designated as a "freedom game," the Warriors were dressed to thrill in a 48-10 rout of UNLV before 22,070 at Aloha Stadium on Saturday night.

"To wear this," wide receiver Billy Ray Stutzmann said of the specially made red-white-and-blue uniforms, "and to play the way we did, it means so much. I can't stop smiling."  The UH jerseys are up for auction, with proceeds benefitting the Wounded Warrior Project, which helps severely injured military personnel resume an athletic life.

In ending an eight-game losing streak, the Warriors improved to 2-9 overall while claiming their first Mountain West Conference victory. They finish 1-7 in their inaugural MWC season.  The Rebels fell to 2-11 and 2-6.

[12/1/12] South Alabama 7, Hawaii 23.

Norm Chow could not have scripted a better season finale to his first year as Hawaii's head football coach.  The Warriors rolled up 410 yards of offense, held South Alabama to 2.6 yards per play and kicked three field goals in a 23-7 victory at Aloha Stadium.

The Warriors' second consecutive victory dulled the pain of a 1-9 start and served as a collective farewell present to 17 seniors.  It also was the first time since 2006 that the Warriors won their final game of the season.

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