MANOA (HawaiiNewsNow) - After a four game pre-season, the Warrior football team finally begins WAC play this weekend, as they host a Louisiana Tech squad who's hungry for a win after a three-game losing streak.
It may seem a stretch to call Saturday's game between Hawaii and Louisiana Tech a must win, but there may not be a better way to dictate the remainder of the season than when both meet at the Aloha Stadium.
Consider, the Bulldogs are reeling after suffering their 3rd loss in a row and a one-pointer at home against Southern Miss last week.
In just their 5th game of the season, La Tech is scheduled to start their 3rd quarterback, sophomore Tarik Hakmi.
"For us the biggest key has just been finding a quarterback that we feel good playing with because at different times we felt good about all of them and we haven't felt great about all of them for a consistent amount of time," Bulldog head coach Sonny Dykes said.
For the Warriors, a win would dispel the preseason rankings which had the Bulldogs finishing ahead of them.
"This is definitely what we've been looking to all off season and we know we're a better team than that says we are and it just comes down to us, so we can't say things and not do it, but we have to speak with our actions," Warrior receiver Kealoha Pilares said.
If UH needs any inspiration, they only need to look back a year ago when an emotional trip to Ruston resulted in a 21-point loss.
Within a 24-hour span, Hawaii's players were consumed with the after effects the tsunami in Samoa had to friends and family and hen in the 4th quarter, quarterback Greg Alexander's career came to an end with a leg injury.
"They pretty much dominated us last year, we didn't score a single touchdown against them and they knocked out our quarterback for the year and we watched that game film and we watched what they do and it shouldn't be too hard to get up for this game," Warrior receiver Greg Salas said.
The Warriors and Bulldogs kick things off at 5:30 p.m. at the Aloha Stadium.
"It was a pretty bad time and we had a lot of guys with family in Samoa that suffered losses, so we just want to get back at them, as they took stuff away from us that we should have had," Warrior linebacker Corey Paredes said.