BOULDER, Colorado (HawaiiNewsNow) - The UH football team's match up at Colorado is a long time coming. This meeting marks the first time the Warriors are playing at a big-12 school since 1978.
If ever the Warriors felt ready to play the Buffaloes, their date on Saturday could be it.
"I think we're a lot more confident then we were last year. We came a far way. I think we're just doing definitely a lot better than we did last year. We're scoring a lot more points than we ever did," said Warrior slot back, Kealoha Pilares.
UH is putting up an average of 33 points and is ranked second in the country for passing offense at 401 yards per game. Quarterback Bryant Moniz has helped make those numbers a reality which is why offensive coordinator Nick Rolovich is calling the plays and allowing Moniz to rule the defenses.
When asked how different it is when you're allowed to have that freedom to see the field the way you need to see it, Moniz answered:
"It really helps when you have something told to you, you kind of just zoom in on that. Now that I kind of have a feel for that I can read for my own and what I see on the field, I can go from there," Moniz said.
The Warriors also know Colorado's defense can be stingy with 3 picks and 3 sacks in it's opener with Colorado State.
"We got a lot of height under corners and some big guys -- there's gonna be some tough match-ups. Pretty physical, they like to play press up on the receiver," he said.
As for the Buffaloes they're expected to establish a running game but can also count on Scotty McKnight to make big grabs. The pre-season All-American is the schools career receptions leader.
"Well they're more of a pro-offense team like USC was. We just gotta lineup better than we did against USC and make plays. I know if we do that, we can win," said linebacker, Correy Paredes.
Coach Mack said he's talked to his team about the effects of being more than 5,000 feet above sea level and believes it won't be as much of a problem for Hawaii.
"It's a state of mind. We're preparing for dehydration, all the important things. We'll be fine on altitude," said Warriors coach Greg McMackin.
CU will differently have home field advantage besides the fact that the Folsom field holds more than 53,000 -- this will be the Buffaloes first home game of the season.