It’s never too early to talk college football. Never. Even if the calendar say it’s barely summer, fall cannot get here fast enough. So over the next two weeks or so, Kermit the Blog will count down the 10 Easiest Schedules of the 2007 College Football season. We’re aiming for one a day (weekday… generally), but we’re lazy, so it might take longer. Thankfully we’ve got time.
#2 University of Hawaii
Of Hawaii’s first six opponents, five are rematches of games from last year in which the Warriors outscored their opponents by a combined 288-67 (For comparison, the offensive circus that is Texas Tech only put up 316 points for the entire season in 2006).
The one team in Hawaii’s opening stretch that’s not a repeat is I-AA Charleston Southern.
That was actually a 9-2 squad last year, but here’s a list of teams Charleston Southern defeated: Wingate, North Greenville, Edward Waters, Georgetown, Gardner-Webb, and Presbyterian.
Okay, I thought the first name on that list was a basketball player at the fourth name. The third name sounds like an accountant. The fifth a golfer. And finally, I wasn’t even aware you could play an entire religious denomination. That actually makes the victory seem a little more impressive.
And they are still I-AA. Nine of the remaining teams on the Hawaii schedule aren’t I-AA teams, they just play them on TV.
If past performance is any indication, the Rainbows—sorry, Warriors, old habits—should easily be 9-0 when they go to Nevada. That might be the biggest hurdle keeping them from irritating the holy heck out of the BCS folks.
On the upside, if you own a mustard-colored jacket and a bad hairpiece, you might be in line for a junket to the islands in November.
The Warriors’ last two opponents, Boise State and Washington, are not walkovers, but they get them at home. And Hawaii’s home field advantage is amongst the more pronounced in college football. Hard to fathom how opponents wouldn’t be focused on football, but, additionally that’s a Bronco team trying to replace 15 starters from last year, and, as was discussed in the OSU post, this ain’t your father’s Washington Huskies.
Basically, by mid-season Colt Brennan should own every collegiate passing record ever; and the Warriors should be causing BCS bowl commissioners some serious lost sleep. But there’s a nice synergy to it, as that will allow them to stay up late enough to actually watch on TV the team that is going to crash their bowl cartel this year.
Because with this laughably weak schedule, it’s an even money shot for Hawaii.
2007 University of Hawaii Schedule
9/8 at Louisiana Tech
9/15 at UNLV
9/22 Charleston Southern
9/29 at Idaho
10/6 Utah State
10/13 at San Jose State
10/20 New Mexico State
10/27 Fresno State
11/16 at Nevada
11/23 Boise State
The Rest of the List