Memo to Hawaii Haters: Beware the Warriors

Ryan FritscheCorrespondent INovember 19, 2007

Icon Sports MediaWhat is it about the University of Hawaii that turns off the human voters and the computers?

Is it the Polynesian heritage? Is it blond-haired boy wonder Colt Brennan? 

Or is it the fact that the WAC gets no love whatsoever?

If the Warriors played in the SEC, they might be the No. 1 team in the country. Instead, the pollsters are determined not to let Hawaii show up mainland powerhouses like Florida, Texas, and Oklahoma.

You must remember also that Hawaii is not your average run-of-the-mill college football team. They do have to travel across five time zones to play their away games here in the continental 48. Unless you have travelled from Hawaii to the continental 48 at least six times in a 3 month span, you have no idea what kind of toll it can take on you both mentally and physically.

But anything can happen in the 2007 college football season.

Given all the upsets this year, this sports journalist wonders why strength of schedule is so important. After all, Kentucky beat LSU when the Tigers were No. 1, South Florida climbed as high as No. 2, and Oregon was knocked off by Arizona—a school better known for its basketball program.

So who's to say that Hawaii can't beat an LSU or a Kansas or a West Virginia?

If any one game proved the irrelevance of strength of schedule, it was the 2007 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl—where mid-major Boise State used the hook-and-ladder and Statute of Liberty to pull an amazing upset against Big XII champion Oklahoma.

No one was talking about schedule strength when the scoreboard flashed the final score.

And if it happened once, it can happen again.

Maybe we should have a Division I Championship after the BCS Championship Game—the FCS Champion vs. FBS Champion.

Will that settle the controversy?

All I'm saying to you, Mr. Hawaii-plays-in-the-WAC-and-hasn't-played-anybody-yet, is that it can happen any time, anywhere, any place.

And in this wild 2007 college football season, we'd all do well to take nothing for granted and put the undefeateds where they belong:

On the top of the BCS polls.