HAWAII @ WYOMING
Location: Laramie, Wyoming
Date/Time: Saturday, October 30th at 3:45 p.m. (Hawaii Time)
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Radio: ESPN Honolulu
Head-to-Head: The battle for the Paniolo Trophy resumes on Friday night. Wyoming leads the series 14-10, but Hawaii won the most recent matchup in 2018 by a score of 17-13 at Aloha Stadium. Current starting quarterback Chevan Cordeiro started that game, if you can believe that. Hawaii has lost in their last 5 trips to Laramie, having not won at 7,220 feet since 1991.
Three things to look for:
1. Chance to make a statement vs. desperation
The Mountain West’s unusual week 1 brought with it some surprising results. It was no bold claim to say that Hawaii is better than Fresno State, but history had said otherwise. The rivalry series had been one way traffic in Fresno’s favor the last decade or so, but Hawaii won comfortably this past Saturday by the score of 34-19. To be honest, the margin could have been wider had Hawaii cleaned up some special teams mistakes. Chevan Cordeiro and the running game ran rampant at Bulldog Stadium in en route to showing that the Warriors are not rebuilding under Todd Graham, but reloading.
Wyoming on the other hand, came into 2020 with high expectations. With quarterbacks Sean Chambers and Levi Williams showing promise, some felt this season might be head coach Craig Bohl’s true breakout season as a Group of 5 power. That breakout campaign started in horrible fashion with Sean Chambers breaking his leg in the opening series, and then Nevada opened a surprising 28-6 lead. Wyoming would rally back to force overtime, but ultimately lose 34-37.
Friday night’s game serves as a potential turning point of sorts for both teams. Hawaii will want to shock the conference by opening the season 2-0 with two road wins at tough venues. Wyoming will want to avoid an unthinkable 0-2. Expect two teams eager to win Friday night.