After defeating the University of Las Vegas Rebels 38-13 last week, Boise State (5-0) returns to The Blue with hopes to keep up their momentum against the Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors (4-1) on Saturday, Oct. 12. Boise State is going into the game ranked No. 14 in the AP Top 25 Poll.
The Broncos are facing a tough run-and-shoot type offense that excels in the open field and has speed that can explode off the ball. The Warriors have one of the most explosive offenses that Boise State will face this year, coming in with an average of 37 points per game.
“We’ll get back to work on Sunday,” said head coach Bryan Harsin to the Idaho Press after defeating UNLV. “Hawai’i’s going to be the best football team we play.”
Boise State is coming into this game with high hopes of continuing their undefeated season and jumping ahead in the rankings, and seek to focus on their journey to a New Year’s Six bowl game.
The Broncos need to focus on keeping the penalties down this weekend against the Warriors. Against the Rebels, they allowed 130 yards on 10 penalties — the most penalties for the Broncos since 1997 against Louisiana Tech.
Boise State freshman quarterback Hank Bachmeier looks to keep his tremendous form going. Last week against UNLV, he threw for 299 yards. Boise State’s offensive line that started the season out rusty has bounced back and only gave up one sack in the game. Boise State’s offensive line will have their hands full with Hawai’i’s defensive speed.
Hawai’i’s previous trips to The Blue have ended in the Broncos’ favor. Coming into this weekend, Hawai’i’s record is 3-12 in Boise.The Broncos are set on keeping it that way, adding a win to their all-time column.
Coming off a 54-3 win against Nevada on Sept. 28, Hawai’i quarterback Cole McDonald has never faced a ranked team of this caliber throughout his career at Hawai’i and is looking forward to the upcoming matchup.
“We obviously know the history of Boise State and Hawai’i,” McDonald said in a recent press conference. “For us players, some of us have never played Boise but it’s just another game on the schedule.”
McDonald could potentially have a field day with the Broncos’ defense because of the wide receiver threats on Hawai’i’s roster. Currently, McDonald is the leading passer in the Mountain West Conference, averaging 327 yards per game. The Bronco secondary will have to look for the long ball towards receiver Cedric Byrd who already has 498 yards receiving and nine touchdowns.
“They really share the ball with everybody. They have four receivers with over 20 receptions. It just goes to show that everyone is dangerous on their team,” said Bronco cornerback Avery Williams.
The Broncos will face Hawai’i for their homecoming game at Albertsons Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 8:15 p.m. MST. The game can be viewed on ESPN2.