Here's Where It Gets Interesting
Never in the decade of the Bowl Championsip Series' existence have two WAC teams been in the standings simultaneously. Boise State has quietly worked its way back into the picture, while Hawai'i remains unbeaten. The road to an unprecedented Bronco-Warrior Thanksgiving weekend showdown is not without challenges.
Much criticism has been lobbed Hawai'i's way -- the Warriors haven't played a tough enough schedule, their margin of victory isn't impressive and so forth. Yet with a month left in the season, UH is one of only five unbeatens and is just four spots away from that magic number of 10 in the BCS standings. The chance to prove it belongs on college football's grandest stage begins with this difficult stretch ahead.
Hawai'i hosts Fresno State Saturday, Nov. 10 in a nationally televised showdown. The Bulldogs, currently third in the WAC, might have the Kryptonite for Superman quarterback Colt Brennan. Fresno State heads into this game ranked 24th nationally against the pass, an offensive facet that has been Hawai'i's bread and butter under June Jones.
Fresno State's lone conference loss came last Friday at Boise State. The Broncos won with a running game -- quarterback Taylor Tharp finished the night with just 158 yards passing. So will Hawai'i modify its offensive strategy? Don't count on it.
Much of Hawai'i's success can be attributed to an unflinching attitude, expecting opponents to change to its game and not vice versa. This is a mindset Jones alluded to in his weekly press conference when discussing the possibility of playing a national power in the BCS.
"When and if that happens we'll prove we can play with them," Jones said.