By Jason Tang
NEW ORLEANS (KHNL) -- A refreshed looking UH squad stormed the New Orleans Saints practice facility earlier Thursday afternoon. It's where the Warriors will spend most of their time preparing for next week's Sugar Bowl.
And as part of their preparation, head coach June Jones actually gave players Wednesday and Thursday to explore the town without a curfew so they could get all the distractions out, and get focused on winning a football game.
For the 12-0 Hawai'i football team, this whole season's been about more than just executing plays, it's also been about going out there and believing they can walk away victorious every single week.
"We go into every game believing that we can win, we understand the beast that's in front of us, we understand how good Georgia is but that doesn't mean we're not going to show up to win and it's going to be a four quarter battle and we understand what's waiting for us in that dome, but we're excited to be down here and we want to live up to this opportunity," said Colt Brennan.
One opportunity would be to silence all the critics who couldn't see through Hawaii's so called weak schedule. However, the team knows this game is another step in the right direction on the road to establishing respect.
"If you want to be in the big time, you gotta play in the big time and we've opened with Alabama in '06, we're finishing up with Georgia and we open up with Florida next year and that's about as good as you can get," said June Jones.
"It's just the way it is, we haven't played a the type of schedule that gives us that type of credit you know? This is why this game is so important to us because finally here we are in SEC territory playing one of the best teams in the country."
UH enters the contest underdogs for the first time this season, but the players insist they'll rely on what they've leaned on all year, their belief in each other, and so far it's worked every time.
"Hopefully winning those games and believing that you can win is the difference to make you play a little bit higher level, and that's what we'll have to do."
And it doesn't hurt to have Brennan leading the way either.