Two national sports writers are listing the November 23rd Boise State at Hawaii game as one of the biggest of the year in college football. ESPN's Mark Schlabach writes that it's the best game of Week 13.
Nov. 23: Boise State at Hawaii (9 p.m., ESPN2)Okay, so maybe he has an ulterior motive. CFN's Pete Fiutak ranks the game at #21 in his quick picks of the 50 biggest games of the year. Here's an excerpt:
Post-Thanksgiving Day football on the island. Ian Johnson vs. Colt Brennan. Maui Invitational hoops. Are my editors reading this?
21. Boise State at Hawai‘i, Nov. 23Sorry for highlighting something that's not supposed to exist (see previous post). Anyway, it should be a really great game. Who knows, maybe ESPN and that fool Lee Corso will show up in Halawa.
Hawaii gave Boise State all it could handle in a thrilling 41-34 loss last year, but now Colt Brennan and the boys get the pivotal WAC showdown in their house. Of course, the Warriors have had powerhouse offenses before that were supposed to blow past the Broncos, but they're 0-6 against them since both became WAC members. The pressure will likely be as intense as any late November game, as Hawaii, if everyone stays healthy and all goes according to plan, should be 10-0, thanks to a lousy schedule. Boise State, if it beats Washington in Seattle, will likely be 11-0 with a shot at a second straight BCS bid. The running of the Broncos will do just enough to keep Brennan off the field for long stretches, but the Hawaii passing game won't get pressured enough and will pull off the most important win in the school's history in the final moments. The week after, Hawaii will beat Washington, go unbeaten, and be off to a BCS game.
Predicted score in July: Hawaii 45 ... Boise State 41