Hawaii vs. Wyoming: How To Watch
The Rainbow Warriors and Cowboys clash in Laramie for the Paniolo Trophy.
The Paniolo Trophy is on the line again as Hawaii takes on Wyoming.
Hawaii Rainbow Warriors (2-1) vs Wyoming Cowboys (1-2) 4:15 AM HST
Location: War Memorial Stadium, Laramie, Wyoming
Radio: KKEA ESPN 1420 (Honolulu), KNUI 550AM (Maui), KHLO 850AM (Hilo), KKON 790AM (Kona), KTOH 99.9FM (Kauai), KNWJ 104.7FM (American Samoa), XM Radio 203 and Sirius Radio 93.
Web Audio-Cast: ESPN 1420
Web Video-Streaming: Watch ESPN
Spread: Hawaii +4.5
- The Paniolo trophy is on the line in Laramie, Wyoming when the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors and Wyoming Cowboys faceoff.
- Wyoming leads the all-time series against Hawaii, 13-9, but lost in their last contest 38-28 in 2014 at Aloha Stadium.
- The longest winning streaks each team has had was three for UH and six for WYO.
- The two programs have played each other every year from 1978 till 1997. They only stopped due to a realignment of divisions and later when Wyoming left the WAC for the MWC.
- UH has not won in Laramie since 1991 back when both schools were a part of the WAC.
- The Cowboys and Rainbow Warrior coaches should have the inside track on how each other think as Scottie Hazelton (Wyoming’s DC) and Nick Rolovich (Hawaii’s HC) have worked together at Nevada.
Wyoming: PROBABLE: Josh Allen (QB); QUESTIONABLE: Deandre Watson (CB), Jace Webb (OL), James Price (WR), Shiloh Windsor (DE); DOUBTFUL: Antonio Hall (CB), Ryan Cummings (OL); OUT: Austin Fort (TE), Kolton Donovan (LS), Trevor Meader (DL).
2017 Team Leaders:
Passing: Dru Brown (Hawaii): 59-97, 772 YDS, 7 TD, 4 INT; Josh Allen (WYO): 54-96, 566 YDS, 2 TD, 3 INT
Rushing: Diocemy Saint Juste (Hawaii): 75 CAR, 434 YDS, 1 TD; Milo Hall (WYO): 30 CAR, 76 YDS, 1 TD
Receiving: John Ursua (Hawaii): 22 REC, 351 YDS, 2 TD; Austin Conway (WYO): 23 REC, 213 YDS, 1 TD
Tackles: Jahlani Tavai (Hawaii): 27 (18 SOLO) TKL; Andrew Wingard (WYO): 28 (15 SOLO) TKL
Sacks: Mefi Koloamatangi (Hawaii): 3.0 SACK; Kevin Prosser (WYO): 2.0 SACK
Interceptions: Daniel Lewis Jr. (Hawaii): 1 INT; Rico Gafford (WYO): 2 INT
Keys to the Game:
Similar to what Hawaii faced in California when they played UCLA, Wyoming will bring a similar offensive attack. The real strength of the Cowboy offense is the passing game that revolves around their highly touted starting quarterback, Josh Allen. The biggest difference between the two teams’ offensive approach is that Wyoming rolls with a more balanced offense, calling passes only 55.6% of the time. And while the Bruins has seemingly righted the ship with their rushing attack, Wyoming has not.
The visitors will need to put their biggest weakness to the test as their lack of success defending the pass will be exposed to the home team’s supposed strength. Hawaii got torched by Josh Rosen and company, two weeks ago through the passing game. The Cowboys will look to expose the poor coverage the Rainbow Warriors have displayed throughout the 2017 season. This battle between Josh Allen and the UH pass defense will be critical to the final score.
Hawaii will need to play tighter coverage than what they showed against UCLA. The Bruins found a lot of 10-yard cushions in which they ran easy and uncontested quick routes beneath the coverage. They forced the Rainbow Warriors on their heels and used their superior athleticism to get extra yards after the catch. By the time they adjusted the coverage, Josh Rosen was playing like Tom Brady and was picking apart the UH defense with surgeon-like precision. UH must force the hand of one of the Wyoming receivers to step up and claim the number one playmaker role in the offense.
Ever since Tanner Gentry graduated, this Cowboy offense has sputtered. They need someone to step up and sophomore wideout, Austin Conway might be that guy. He leads the team in receiving with 22 catches for 209 yards and 1 touchdown. He also averages just 9.5 yards per catch but sports a 78.6% catch rate which speaks to his reliability. Just behind Conway is CJ Johnson who has 15.7 yards per catch but on catches about 43.5% of the balls thrown at him. Wyoming could benefit from the sure hands of Conway and the explosiveness of Johnson to keep the Hawaii secondary on their toes.
The advantage at the moment goes to the Rainbow Warriors due to their extra week in preparation for this game. The Cowboy receiving corps also seemingly took a step backward with their no-show performance against Oregon last week. They only brought in 10 catches for 66 yards and no touchdowns. But it shouldn’t take long for us to see which team has done a better job of cleaning up their biggest weakness.
The spread for the game stands at 6 points, but you’d never guess that if you looked at the win probability that ESPN, SBNation or NumberFire show. FPI is the lowest giving the Rainbow Warriors 29.7% chance to win while NumberFire has them at 36.4%. The Wyoming defense has shown flashes of solid play this season, but you still need to score points. I don’t think that the statistics here have accommodated for Hawaii’s multi-faceted offensive attack. They can run and pass well and have shown this to be the case against a range of opponents.
On the other hand, Josh Allen has not yet put together the puzzle of the offense for the 2017 season yet. They have been inconsistent and have looked like a shell of their 2016 selves. There is a chance that the Hawaii defense might help revive that Wyoming offense as they did with UCLA.
Obviously, something has to give but a shootout is highly likely, and the over/under of 57 should history before the end of the third quarter. I don’t see UH making a whole lot of stops if Wyoming attacks them with their strength. Hawaii has already proven their offensive prowess against UCLA.
If they’ve learned their lessons from their last game, the Rainbow Warriors will win. They must finish their drives and minimize the extra yards that they give to their opponents. In the end, the score will be rather close with a final tally of 45-41 Hawaii.
Josh Allen will start to right the ship by throwing for over 300 yards and completing 60%+ of his passes. Dru Brown and Diocemy St. Juste will once again lead the Hawaii attack. Brown will throw for 300 yards and account for 4 touchdowns while St. Juste will gash the Cowboys for 175 yards and a touchdown. Player of the game honors will go to Metuisela Unga that will bring in 67 yards with 2 touchdowns. He will ultimately bring in the game-winning touchdown.
I think fans can anticipate the University of Hawaii to retain the Paniolo Trophy for another year but more importantly a fun and exciting game.
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