Hawaii football opens with two on the road
The Maui News
The University of Hawaii football team’s modified eight-game, conference-only 2020 schedule opens with consecutive road games — at Fresno State on Oct. 24 and at Wyoming on Oct. 31 — before returning to Honolulu for their home opener against New Mexico on Nov. 7.
The coronavirus-shortened slate announced by the Mountain West Conference on Thursday is still subject to approval from state, county and local officials, according to a news release from UH.
The Mountain West championship game will be played on Dec. 19, pitting the top two teams with the highest conference winning percentage. There will be no divisional delineation this season; last season, the Rainbow Warriors made their first appearance in the title game as the West Division champions.
After another road game at San Diego State on Nov. 14 in Carson, Calif., UH hosts Boise State on Nov. 21 in a rematch of last year’s MW championship game won by the Broncos.
Following the BSU game, Nevada comes to Aloha Stadium the following week before UH closes out the schedule with a road game at San Jose State on Dec. 5 and home finale against UNLV on Dec. 12.
The final two UH home games could include former Maui Interscholastic League standouts Joshua Tihada, a Lahainaluna High School graduate who plays for UNLV, and Tristan Nichols, a Maui High alum who plays for Nevada.
Announcements on national television broadcasts will be made in the coming weeks.
Hawaii’s schedule includes seven schools from its original 2020 slate. The Warriors will not play at Air Force this season and instead travel to Wyoming in a battle for the Paniolo Trophy. UH will play two other rivalry games – for the Dick Tomey Legacy Trophy vs. San Jose State, and the Island Showdown Trophy vs. UNLV.
The last time UH opened a season with two road games was 1992 (at Oregon and at Air Force). In 2016, the Warriors opened the season with a neutral site game against California in Sydney, Australia, followed by a road contest at Michigan.
2020 UH Football
Oct. 24–at Fresno State
Oct. 31–at Wyoming
Nov. 7–New Mexico
Nov. 14–at San Diego State
Nov. 21–Boise State
Dec. 5–at San Jose State