By Jason Tang
MANOA (KHNL)- It's one of those games the Warriors circle on their schedules every year. Their annual showdown with conference rival Fresno State.
"It's just a bitter old rivalry, kind of like the one you where the two teams just don't like each other, you know it's a great rivalry though and this is what football is all about," said Warrior quarterback Colt Brennan.
After losing at home to the Bulldogs in '05, the Warriors returned the favor last year, dropping Fresno State 68-37. Now this year the Warriors look to protect their house and their undefeated record, and it all starts with practice.
"They've been the hardest and longest since I"ve been here, Coach Jones is all about business, he's been pushing us hard all week," said Brennan.
"Coach has been making practice a lot more intense, almost like game like situations so when we get in the game it'll be like second nature," added wide receiver Davone Bess.
One phase of the game the Warriors hope to shut down, Fresno State's ground attack.
"They're going to try run the ball down our throats, a lot of other teams have tried to do that," said defensive lineman Keala Watson.
But those teams haven't had much success as the Warrior "D" has held running backs to less than three yards a carry. However, Hawai'i knows the Bulldogs will be ready to play smash mouth football.