HONOLULU — The University of Hawaii football team looks to improve its record to 3-2 for the first time since 2011, opening up the 2015 Mountain West slate at perennial champion Boise State. Saturday night’s meeting with the Broncos is set to kick off at 4:15 p.m. HST, and will air before a national audience on ESPN2 (channel 224 and 1224 in HD on Oceanic Time Warner and Hawaiian Telcom Digital channel 74 and 1074 in HD).
This is the 14th meeting between the Rainbow Warriors and Broncos. BSU holds a 10-3 advantage and a four-game win streak in the series. The Broncos have claimed victory in all five meetings in Boise.
Saturday’s game will mark the 24th appearance for Hawaii on ESPN2 since the network’s inception in 1993. This will be the first appearance on the network since meeting Air Force at home in 2012. UH is 8-15 and 2-3 on the road playing on ESPN2, meeting BSU three times. This is also the fourth of six times in 2015 the Rainbow Warriors are scheduled to appear on national television.
UH is 12-21 all-time in conference openers, with a 9-15 mark on the road, and are 1-2 in Mountain West openers, winning last year vs. Wyoming, 38-28. UH has won two of its last three Mountain West games and have won four of its last seven overall contests dating back to last season. The last time UH was 2-2 to open the season was in 2011, when the Rainbow Warriors went 6-7. This is the ninth 2-2 start in the last 20 years
The last time the ‘Bows were 3-2 after five was also in the 2011 season. UH also started 3-2 in 2010, 2006, 2002 and 2001. A win on Saturday would produce the sixth 3-2 start since 1995.