Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, HI, will be the site for an interesting Western Atlantic Conference matchup between the lowly (2-5, Conf: 0-2) Utah State Aggies [+3½] taking on the second place, college football betting odds favorite, (5-3, Conf: 3-1) Hawaii Warriors [-3½]. This game is scheduled for Saturday November 5, 2011, beginning at 11:59 PM ET.
Coming into tonight’s game, the Warriors occupy the second spot in the Conference, while the Aggies sit in seventh place. According to College Football predictions experts, Utah State and Hawaii are projected to combine and score an OVER/UNDER total of 60 points.
For Utah State, Gary Andersen’s hopes of resurrecting this program have fallen by the waste side this season. Off to another dreadful start, the Aggies have yet to win a single intraconference game and this one will not be any different. Considered the Conference bullies for quite some time, Hawaii is expected to run right over Utah State tonight.
"Hawaii, overall, is very good football team," said Andersen. "Year-in and year-out, they are one of the top three teams in the league and that is exactly where they sit right now. They have been very productive overall through the years as a football program."
For the Warriors, their bred and butter is without question, the passing game. Anchored by quarterback Bryant Moniz, No.17 does a masterful job of spreading opposing defenses. With the green light from the coaching staff and the freedom to throw as many times as necessary, one can understand why Hawaii has the eighth best aerial attack in the country.
Currently, the Warrior are averaging 330 yards a game through the air, which is something that the Aggies will have a problem containing tonight. Moniz’s ability to identity defenses during his pre-snap routine gives defensive coordinators nightmares the night before facing Hawaii. It’s going to be interesting to see what type of scheme Utah Stat will employ to try and confuse the Junior signalcaller.
“They are going to throw it like crazy and you have got to do a good job of understanding that Hawaii is going to make plays at times and you have got to make enough plays to be able to get out of drives, Anderson added. “That is the bottom line. The ability to get down the field is one thing and the ability to score points is another.”
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