I'll say it.
The Hawaii Warriors should and WILL beat the No. 14-ranked USC Trojans. Don't ask me why. I just have that feeling. There are a couple of things working in favor of the Warriors, which is rare when you're considering the team that's playing them is the USC Trojans.
The first thing is the coaching. I believe that Greg McMackin and Lane Kiffin haven't been that successful as head coaches as of late; McMackin knows what he's getting out of his Warriors versus Kiffin who is in his first year as a USC head coach.
Kiffin is still working out the "kinks" in installing his offense with a young QB running the show; defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin is still looking for the personnel to fit his Tampa-2 scheme.
The new Hawaii offensive coordinator doesn't need any introduction, as he was a former QB in the Hawaii run-and-shoot offense. He is more qualified for the job because he has experience in the offense.
The battle of the Warriors offense going up against the Trojans defense will be very interesting. The defense of the Trojans on the secondary level is very young and inexperienced. That should work in the favor of the Warriors offense where they return an experienced group of wide receivers led by slotbacks Greg Salas and Kealoha Pilares.
The X-factor in the Warriors offense against the Trojans defense will be the offensive line. The Warriors have lost some linemen, but if there is one thing that'll help the Warriors it's the comfort in having a QB like Bryant Moniz who can scramble and gain yardage on the ground.
Do you believe Hawaii have a decent shot at the #14 USC Trojans?
The USC Trojans will feature a strong ground-and-pound attack against a Warriors defense that proved to be very weak last year. That's going to be the strength of the Trojans.
Here is a quick view of what the game plan will be for both teams.
USC will be relying on pressure against the Warrior offense to help its inexperienced secondary. They will also rely on the running game to keep the high scoring offense of the Warriors on the sideline.
The key for the Warriors to win is on offense. If the O-line and Byrant Moniz will be able to keep the offense going, the Warriors won't be stopped in the passing game.
Also, if the offense is able to keep scoring, it'll force the Trojans to abandon their running game in order to go score for score with the Warriors offense and the strength of the Warriors defense is the pass defense.
With safeties Mana Silva and Spencer Smith leading the back-end, Lametrius Davis and Jeramy Bryant playing the CB position, the secondary will be strong against second-year Trojan QB Matt Barkley.
I believe the Warriors will win as I don't believe the Trojans have a likely chance due to all the uncertainties facing them. I will stay up for the Hawaii game as I would love for them to make a statement for the strength of the WAC against BCS conferences. I'll BBQ and enjoy this game on ESPN, as I stay awake for the start of the game, all the way in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. GO WARRIORS!