If I did UH football predictions

Bobby Curran
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Friday - August 24, 2007
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I’m frequently asked to predict the outcome of games, particularly UH football games. Usually, I decline. I believe the old saw is generally true: Those who know, don’t predict, and those who predict, don’t know. Just for fun, I thought I’d take a page out of O.J. Simpson’s book (the only thing I’d take from him, by the way) and give you this: “If I Did Predictions ...” for the first three games.

Sept. 1. UH vs. Northern Colorado.

Hawaii scores on its first three possessions, all on Colt Brennan TD passes. Brennan throws for 278 first-half yards on the way to a 35-0 lead at intermission. UNC gets on the board in the second half as QB Dominic Breazeale recovers from an early pounding and finds TE Clint Wright for a TD. UH plays all but the first series of the second half with reserves. Hawaii 63, UNC 7.

Sept 8. UH vs. Louisiana Tech.

Early in the game the defenses prevail. Hawaii tries and fails to run early, La Tech is stiffed in the ground game. Hawaii punts for the first time this season. Colt Brennan begins to pick the Bulldogs apart in the second quarter and UH takes a 14-0 lead at intermission. In the second half, La Tech QB Zach Champion goes to the air with little success and UH grinds out a couple of scores. The Warriors get their first rushing TD of the year scored by David Farmer. Myron Newberry intercepts Champion and takes it to the house. Hawaii amasses 550 yards of offense but wins by only a score of 35-7. Hawaii ranks in the Top 10 in scoring defense for the first time in the Jones era.

Sept 15. UH at UNLV.

The Warriors enjoy a fast start and Colt Brennan completes 23 of 25 in the first half. All four receivers record a first-half TD. UNLV RB Frank Summers breaks a 48-yard TD in the opening series of the third quarter, prolonging Brennan’s time on the field. UH scores twice quickly including a 71-yard TD pass to Jason Rivers. UH holds the Rebels to 231 yards total offense and wins going away. UH 58, UNLV 14. UH coaches and players exclaim that they have to improve quickly; Hawaii leads the country in passing and total offense.

There you go. If I Did Predictions.

On the eve of the Rainbow Wahine volleyball season opening tournament, head coach Dave Shoji is still not set on a starting lineup. This is a good thing. There is depth at every position, and little drop off from the first group to the second. Expect Jamie Houston and Tara Hittle to have huge years. Everyone seems interested in who will win the setter job. Both Stephanie Brandt and Dani Mafua are good players and will see time. Here’s your “only in Hawaii” moment: Aneli CubiOtineru will become a household name.

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