Hawaii Rainbow Warriors College Football Preview 2021: What Will Happen, Season Prediction
How much can the program keep changing in Year Two under Todd Graham, and can it keep winning even though it’s making a massive pivot?
Hawaii went from being a high-octane offensive team that came up with a few key wins to get to the 2019 Mountain West title game under now-Washington State head man Nick Rolovich, to a tough-guy defensive program that relied more on control and aggression.
It started the season with a shockingly dominant win on the road at Fresno State close it out with a shockingly dominant New Mexico Bowl win over Houston, and in between it was trying to figure it all out.
Set The Hawaii Rainbow Warriors Regular Season Win Total At … 7
11 starters are expected back on defense, eight starters should return on O, and there are plenty of playmakers on both sides with enough talent to play with the same sort of attitude and efficiency that showed glimpses of what might be coming.
The curveball? As if there wasn’t enough drama in the 2020 season, this year’s team will play its games at the Clarence T.C. Ching Athletics Complex. It’s in the middle of paradise, but it’s a football field with some stands thrown in.
But that actually fits this team’s personality. Expect it to be one of those teams that plays with a chip on its shoulder and gets past the adversities.
There are two games with New Mexico State – those have to be layups – along with just enough winnable home games to expect seven wins in the 13-game season to get to a bowl game.
But with no Boise State or Air Force to deal with, and with San Jose State and San Diego State coming to Honolulu, it’s not crazy for this veteran team to shoot for anything less than a second trip to the Mountain West title game in three seasons.