The Hawaii Warriors (1-8) will head to the mainland this week to take on Mountain West foe Air Force (5-5) at Falcons Stadium in Colorado.
The Falcons are looking for a win having dropped two straight to open the month of November. But the Warriors are in desperate need of a win, having lost their last seven overall and all six of their games in the conference.
Here we get you set for everything you need to know for Friday night's Mountain West Conference clash in Colorado Springs.
Where: Falcon Stadium, Colorado Springs, CO
When: Friday, November 16 at 9:30 p.m. ET
Live Streaming: WatchESPN
Listen: ESPN 1420 (Honolulu), KVOR 740 AM (Colorado Springs)
Betting Line: Air Force (-22.5), according to Covers.com.
The biggest talking point on Friday night will be Hawaii's pitiful play against the rest of the Mountain West Conference. The Warriors are 0-6 in conference play and are in danger of falling to 0-7 in the conference this week. They are the only winless team in the MWC at the moment.
On the other hand, Air Force is 4-2 in the MWC, and still in play for the conference championship at season's end. A win over Hawaii on Friday would make the Falcons bowl eligible as well.
Hawaii Injury Report
*According to USA Today
WR Trevor Davis (Neck), questionable for Friday
RB Will Gregory (Suspension), out for Friday
WR Justin Clapp (Knee), out indefinitely
DL Moses Samia (Knee), out for season
DL Jordan Pu'u-Robinson (Finger), out for season
DL Geordon Hanohano (Neck), out for season
DL Calen Friel (Leg), out for season
WR Allen Sampson (Knee), out for season
WR Samson Anguay (Knee), out for season
FB Dustin Elisara (Knee), out for season
DB Ryan Pasoquen (Knee), out for season
Air Force Injury Report
*According to USA Today
LB Conner Healy (Leg), out indefinitely
LB Josh Kusan (Knee), out for season
OL Austin Hayes (Knee), out for season
OL Michael Husar (Knee), out for season
DB Jay Fullam (Shoulder), out for season
What They're Saying
This tweet from Jimmy Boyd is a telling one when it comes to Hawaii's struggles this season:
Hawaii has lost its last seven games by an average of 32.2 points. locksmithsportspicks.com/hawaii-air-for…— Jimmy Boyd (@boydsbets) November 12, 2012
There still are a lot of factors that will go into play, but if Air Force reaches bowl eligibility, we'll take a strong look at them. We've had Air Force in our game three times before, and they fit the name of our game. They're definitely on our list.
Air Force played in the Military Bowl last winter and last played in the Armed Forces Bowl in 2009.
Hawaii Player to Watch
Junior tight end Ryan Hall is an emerging star for Hawaii's offense. The 6'4" target caught five balls for 70 yards in the Warriors' blowout loss to Boise State last weekend.
The Duke transfer has flown under the radar for the most part this season, making just 17 receptions for 150 yards and a score this season. But expect quarterback Sean Schroeder to look Hall's way plenty on Friday night.
Air Force Player to Watch
Air Force's Cody Getz is a game-changer at running back and is the anchor for the squad's No. 2-ranked ground attack. The senior leads the Falcons in rushing this season, boasting more than 1,000 yards and eight touchdowns on 151 carries.
Getz has been held in check in recent weeks, but could very well break out for a big performance this week. After all, he has rushed for more than 200 yards in three separate games this season.
The matchup to watch for on Friday night will be the Falcons' rushing attack vs. the Warriors front seven. Air Force is racking up more than 335 yards on the ground per game this season, while Hawaii ranks 108th in the country defending the run, surrendering nearly 210 yards rushing per game in 2012.
The edge in this matchup has to go to Air Force, as they feature a consistent group of runners, led by Cody Getz.
On the Hot Seat
Despite his successful college and NFL coaching career, Hawaii head coach Norm Chow is on the hot seat this November. His Warriors are 1-8, winless in the Mountain West Conference and in the midst of a disappointing seven-game losing streak.
If Hawaii loses on Friday night, it will finish the season 0-6 on the road and Chow's job will be in serious danger.
Sure, Air Force has been mediocre overall this season, winning five and losing five. But that's impressive when you consider just how bad Hawaii has been in 2012. The Warriors look hopeless at the moment and thus the edge goes to the home team in this matchup.
Air Force 41, Hawaii 20
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