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LIVE BLOG: Rainbow Warriors ready to renew rivalry with Bulldogs

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For the second time in four weeks, the University of Hawaii football team is playing a nationally-ranked opponent.

This time, it's the 25th-ranked Fresno State Bulldogs, but, national standing or not, there's no better team the Rainbow Warriors would love to upset.

Both teams have a long history together and the series has gone back and forth.

Fresno St. holds a slight overall advantage; winning 23 to Hawaii's 21 victories.

In games played at Aloha Stadium, Hawaii has a 14-11 edge and what also bodes well is the fact UH has beaten Fresno St. both times the Bulldogs have been ranked.

UH is looking for its first win of the year, but it could be tough against Fresno State's high-powered offense.

The Bulldogs are 3-0 thanks to quarterback Derek Carr.

Carr has thrown 12 touchdowns and only one pick so far this year. He led a couple of key wins over Rutgers and Boise State, but UH's defense is preparing for a potent offense.

"I've played against him personally now for three seasons," said Warriors safety John Hardy-Tuliau. "It's a great challenge. He's a great quarterback and a great player, so we're preparing the best we can for him."

Despite the Bulldogs' strong start, Carr says he's not taking Hawaii lightly.

"They play with a lot of effort," Carr said. "It's their second year in that system. I think their defensive coordinator spent some time with the Jaguars, so you can see the little NFL twist to things in their coverages and what they do up front. It's all great stuff."

Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. at Aloha Stadium.

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