Warriors take on top-ranked USC Trojans; game kicks off at 1:30pm Hawaiian time
By Ian Scheuring| September 1, 2012 at 5:21 PM HST - Updated June 28 at 12:36 AM
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (HawaiiNewsNow)
LOS ANGELES (HawaiiNewsNow) -
With spring ball and fall camp now distant memories, the Norm Chow Era at the University of Hawaii officially begins in Los Angeles on Saturday as the Warrior football team takes on the top-ranked Trojans of the University of Southern California.
More than 93,000 fans are expected to pack into the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for the game, which kicks off at 1:30 p.m. Hawaii time.
The game is a homecoming of sorts for the 28 Warrior players, including new starting quarterback Sean Schroeder, who were born in California. Schroeder, who transferred to Hawaii after earning his degree at Duke, grew up just minutes from the Coliseum.
"I remember my first college football game was actually, my dad took me to a USC-Notre Dame game," said Schroeder. "My real first taste of football was at the Coliseum, so life's kind of come full circle with me having my first start at the Coliseum."
The Warriors will showcase a revamped offense led by Schroeder and designed by Chow that features a tight end and a fullback, positions not utilized by UH in years.
USC's potent offense is led by early Heisman Trophy-favorite Matt Barkley, who turned down the opportunity to enter the 2012 NFL Draft in order to return as the Trojan's starting quarterback for his senior year.
The Trojans have a 7-0 record against the Warriors all-time. The last time the schools met, on September 10, 2010 in Honolulu, Southern Cal beat Hawaii 49-36.