HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
The plus side to a bye week after just four games is teams have an early chance to make corrections and heal up minor injuries.
The down side, however, is no rest until the season is over
That's where Hawaii falls in line as the Rainbow Warriors will play a game every week for the next nine weeks.
It starts this weekend in Houston against the Rice Owls.
Just like Hawaii, they also have a 1-3 record, but they've seen more heavy-hitters in now 9th-ranked Notre Dame and 7th-ranked Texas A&M.
They are defending Conference USA champs, but the defense is 116th in points against allowing 38-points per game.
The Owls return 12 starters, but 'Bows head coach Norm Chow says it's never about what the opponent has.
"We're gonna go play," Chow said. "I heard, we'll be lucky to have 5,000 people there. It's going to be hot, it's going to be humid, but that doesn't matter. Our mantra is we just gonna go play. No matter who we play, what time we play, what we wear. It doesn't matter. We just have to go out there and play as we can play and if we do that, we're gonna be successful."
The team heads for Texas on Wednesday and the game is set for Saturday at 1 p.m. Hawaii time.