Fresno State (5-1/3-0) at Hawaii (3-4/3-2)
TIME/SITE: 1:00 p.m. (HT); Honolulu, Hawaii; Aloha Stadium (50,000/FieldTurf)
TELEVISION: ABC; Betsy Grant, Terry Gannon, Jamal Anderson, Dave LaMont/ESPN GamePlan
SERIES LOOK: Fresno State leads the series 19-17-1 after winning last year at home, 70-14. Hawaii's last win was in 2003, 55-28, in Honolulu, its third straight victory in the series.
COACHES: Fresno State's Pat Hill is in his ninth season as a head coach and has a record of 69-39. Hawaiis June Jones is in his seventh season with the Warriors and has a record of 51-34.
GAME NOTES: Fresno State-has a four-game winning streak and has won eight consecutive WAC games ... has won 11 of its last 12 games ... has recorded a safety in two straight games ... is leading its opponents in punt return yards, 440-3 ... has lost its last five games at Hawaii ... leads the nation in third down conversion percentage (52.6) ... Paul Pinegar has thrown a touchdown pass in 15 straight games. Hawaii- QB Colt Brennan has thrown for 972 yards and 10 touchdowns over the last two games ... freshman WR Ryan Grice-Mullen has scored nine touchdowns over the last four games ... has had three receivers reach the 100-yard mark in two straight games ... plays four of its last five games at home. -Wacsports.com
Is it already the last weekend of October? Fresno State is still unbeaten in October with a record of 3-0. Is it possible for the Bulldogs to finish October without a loss for the first in the Pat Hill era?
The football gawds are not going to let it be that easy. In order for Fresno State to have an unblemished October, they must win at Hawaii. Yes, Aloha Stadium, a venue the Bulldogs have only won once ever in 9 tries over the course of 21 years.
One thing is on Hill and Fresno State's side. This is the best Bulldog football team ever. If Fresno State does not come away with a win today; then the 'Dogs just may be cursed on the Island.
Aloha Stadium might not be as intimidating as in the past years Hill has visited the Island. Just over 27,000 tickets have been distributed. Is the game a rivalry if it is played in front empty5,000 empy seats? That is the question posed in the Honolulu Star Bulletin's game preview.
The paper goes on to name a few reasons for the lack of ticket sales.
An ABC telecast gives everyone in Hawaii a chance to watch on free TV.
Last year's 70-14 butt-whipping by the Bulldogs mdeterrenta deterant, Hawaii fans do not want to relive another blow out.
My favorite is...
In Hawaii Saturday nights are for football, mornings are for yardwork and golf. It is hard to tailgate with a 1:00 pm local kickoff time.
I like those excuses better than the usual Bulldog fan excuses about daytime kickoffs. Bulldog fans always complain day kickoffs interfere with their kids soccer games. WTF? You don't hear Pat Hill complain about Friday night kickoffs, when his kid is playing high school football. Hill has as much control as anyone to choose not to play weekday games, but his priority is the football program.
NCAA 06 PREDICTION
According to Sony Playstation's NCAA 06 the Bultheir end thier struggles at Aloha Stadium with a 52-31 win.
Adam Jennings has a career day catching 3 balls for 116 yards including a 84 yard touchdown reception. Jennings also returns a punt 51 yards for a touchdown, helping build a 31-14 Fresno State halftime lead.