Hawai'i Keeps Winning - So What's the Problem?
Hawai'i battled back from a second half deficit Friday to defeat San Jose State 42-35 in overtime, in the Warriors' second-to-last road game of 2007. UH is halfway through its slate unbeaten, and is one of just 11 teams in the nation to sport a perfect mark. But just winning might not be enough.
Three general understandings when it comes to non-BCS conference teams and making a BCS bowl is:
1. Go unbeaten
2. Secure a signature win over a BCS conference team
3. Win your non-BCS conference games by a lot.
In 2004, Utah walloped Texas A&M to open the season and subsequently tore through the Mountain West. Last year's Boise State team put a beating on eventual third place Pac-10 finisher Oregon State and ran roughshod over the WAC. So far, Hawai'i is just 1-of-3. The Warriors haven't had a chance at No. 2, and No. 3 is easier said than done -- particularly when you are annointed the pre-season favorite to break into the BCS.
While Hawai'i is searching for its own signature win, every time it takes the field the opponent has its eyes on a big-time victory of its own. It is not often the No. 16 team in the nation comes through Ruston, La., San Jose, or Moscow, Idaho, and as a result UH gets these WAC foes' A-game. If pollsters and pundits are indicative of what the BCS computer has in store when the first such rankings are released later this week, of the remaining undefeateds only Connecticut will rank lower.
With nine unbeatens and a slew of very good one-loss BCS conference teams to jump, does UH have a shot at cracking into the BCS? Absolutely. The Warriors' best football is still ahead of them, evidenced by Colt Brennan's play last night.
Brennan is still battling an ankle injury, but last night fought through it to throw for over 500 yards in a downpour. He attempted 75 passes, a program record, and reached the end zone four times through the air and once on the ground. The senior snaptaker didn't disappoint the week of his appearance on the cover of ESPN The Magazine, and as his ankle improves, so will his play. As a result, so will the Warriors.