Hawaii Rainbow Warriors College Football Preview 2021: Keys To The Season
Hawaii Rainbow Warriors Biggest Key: Offense
Pass protection. The Hawaii offense isn’t like the brand you’re used to. It’s not going to throw it 55 times and it’s not going to be a high-flying fun show, but it’s going to keep things moving with plenty of short, safe, midrange throws to go along with the good ground game and the strong defense.
Now the offensive line has to do a better job in pass protection.
It’s a little bit due to the mobility of QB Chevan Cordeiro and his ability to keep plays alive, but the Rainbow Warriors gave up over three sacks per game and had a tough time moving on third downs.
On the plus side of that, the philosophy was to limit the mistakes and not take too many chances, and it worked with just six interceptions on the 316 attempts. But the O will be more efficient if the veteran line can be a bit stronger.
Hawaii Rainbow Warriors Biggest Key: Defense
The run D has to get a whole lot nastier. It was one of the strangest aspects to the 2020 Hawaii season.
The defense was great at getting into the backfield and generating pressure, the secondary could hit, and there’s just enough size up front to hold up against power, and it didn’t work.
The Rainbow Warriors allowed over 200 yards on the ground against everyone but Fresno State, Boise State, and in the bowl game against Houston, getting hammered for over five yards per pop and getting run over way too easily.
It’s a smallish defense after the front three, and that’s by design. Everyone moves well, but now the run D has to turn into a plus.
Hawaii Rainbow Warriors Key Player To A Successful Season
QB Chevan Cordeiro, Soph.
There are always quarterback prospects at Hawaii ready to be throw into the fire if needed, but it’s an inexperienced group around the veteran Cordeiro if something happens or if the O doesn’t move.
At the immediate moment there aren’t any quarterback options coming in through the transfer portal with a few former JUCO transfers and a big passer in Jake Farrell working in the system, but the 2021 season might be Cordeiro or bust. He has to stay in one piece, and he has to be great.
Hawaii Rainbow Warriors Key Game To The 2021 Season
San Jose State, Sept. 18
The Rainbow Warriors have to go to Nevada, but the other Mountain West road dates – Utah State, UNLV and Wyoming – are relatively manageable. Getting San Diego State and Fresno State at home is huge, and getting San Jose State to fly over is a big help.
It’s the Mountain West opener for both teams, but the Spartans get a week off to get ready and prepare. Hawaii won four straight in the series before losing 35-24 last year.
Not to be totally dramatic, but lose this, and that might it for the chances to win the West.
2020 Hawaii Rainbow Warriors Fun Stats
– Sacks; Opponents 28 for 174 yards – Hawaii 18 for 102 yards
– 4th Down Conversions: Hawaii 77% – Opponents 62%
– 1st Quarter Scoring: Opponents 72 – Hawaii 38