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Hawaii Football Releases 2018 Schedule

Rainbow Warriors will open the season in “week zero” against Colorado State

Hawaii v San Diego State Photo by Kent Horner/Getty Images

The Hawaii Rainbow Warriors regular season football schedule is out, and they’ll open the season on the road during “week zero” for the third consecutive year.

Hawaii will play against Colorado State in Ft. Collins on August 25th, a week before college football’s traditional opening week. This is a part of the exemption Hawaii has from the NCAA to alleviate travel concerns. It worked. Looking at the schedule, Hawaii has one bye during the week of November 10th. That’s where the Colorado State game would have been slotted. With that game moved to August 25th, Hawaii will go nearly an entire month between road games (Oct. 27 at Fresno, Nov. 24 @ San Diego State) to close the season.

Hawaii will also not play back-to-back games on the mainland at all in 2018, a favor the Warriors will welcome. The out-of-conference schedule features Navy, Rice, @ Army, and Duquesne. First time since 2001 that Hawaii’s football schedule won’t feature a program from the Power 5 conferences.

Hawaii will return 3 starters on offense and 5 starters on defense for 2018. They’ll be very young, but this schedule isn’t as harsh as it could have been. The run-and-shoot will return to the field for Hawaii in their opener against Colorado State.