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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Hawaii might be overrated

The University of Hawaii's football arrogance has apparently spilled over into its local media coverage. A Honolulu Star Bulletin columnist lumped the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs into a cellar dweller trio of WAC teams that are supposed to hurt the Rainbow Warriors' chances of earning a BCS bowl bid this season.

"But what of the bottom third of the widespread WAC? Is there any hope for Louisiana Tech, Idaho and Utah State? These three teams were a combined 8-29 last fall, and they aren't expected by most to improve anytime soon," Dave Reardon said in his opinion piece.

Sure, Hawaii thumped the Bulldogs 61-17 in 2006 on the Big Island, but in 2005 the Warriors wandered into Joe Aillet Stadium and left with a 46-14 spanking. Tech's defense made the vaunted Colt Brennan look like a high school quarterback instead of a Heisman Trophy candidate. Granted, Brennan has come a long way since then, but he has to play in Ruston again this season.

No one's saying that the Bulldogs will have a repeat of the 2005 game on Sept. 8, but calling the Bulldogs bottom feeders when they're one year removed from a 7-4 campaign (and third place finish in the WAC) is ignorant.

What will hurt Hawaii's chances of earning a BCS bid the most is having 1-AA foes Northern Colorado and Charleston Southern, along with 2-10 UNLV on their 2007 schedule. We'll see if Hawaii remains among the WAC's top teams next season after Brennan is gone.


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