Army vs. Hawaii game preview: Can the Warriors get their first win

Danny Wild-US PRESSWIRE

This is Hawaii's best chance to avoid being shutout of the win column this year.


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Army Black Knights
@ Hawaii Warriors

Saturday, Nov 30, 2013, 11:00 PM EST
Hawaiian Airlines Field at Aloha Stadium

TV: Mountain West Network/Time Warner Oceanic PPV

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Hawaii's best chance to get a win this year comes in their final game of the year when they host Army. The Warriors are a favorite for the first time all year as they are a 7.5-point favorite over the 3-7 Black Knights. Army leads the nation rushing the ball per game and is putting up 330 per game on the ground, and if they are going to win that is how they are going to do so.

Hawaii has a porous rushing defense and allows 209 yards per game on the ground per game and that is 102nd in the nation. Army will run the ball and will also put up plenty of yards so Hawaii will need to step up their rushing defense, but that does not seem all that likely. Hawaii gave up 383 yards to Navy who has a similar offense to Army, but even more damning would be that Wyoming rushed for 295 yards this past week.

Offense is where Wyoming is going to win this game. This has been said many times by me the past few weeks, but sticking with just one quarterback in Sean Schroeder has provided Hawaii a chance to be competitive over the past few games. Also, running back Joey Iosefa has played very well since he became completely healthy from a fractured foot. Over his past three games, Iosefa has averaged 114 yards on the ground during that time and has four touchdowns including another one in the passing game.

For Hawaii to get their first win of the year they need the offense to play like they did against Wyoming where they scored 56 points, and the defense needs to not play like they did against Wyoming where they allowed 59 points. It seems likely that Hawaii will put things together Saturday night.

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