The University of Hawaii football team opens their 2012 football season by heading out to Southern California to take on the #1 team in the nation, USC. This is a big day for Hawaii football, as it is also the first game under new head coach Norm Chow.
I don’t think it is so much about winning the game (the goal is always to win) as it is about the level of excitement that has been building up in Hawaii for the new era of UH Warrior football. Fans of the Warriors are anxious to see the new look offense and defense that Norm Chow has brought, as well as see what type of team that UH may have in place in Chow’s first season as head football coach.
The veteran coach spent four seasons as USC’s offensive coordinator from 2001-04, where he won two national championships (2004 title was later vacated) and coached two Heisman Trophy winning quarterbacks (Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart). All those players and coaches from that era are gone now, so any familiarity he may have had is probably now gone as well.
The Warriors (0-0) have opened their season against USC three previous times (1999, 2005, 2010), all at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. The last time UH travelled to the Coliseum was in 2003. USC has won all seven meetings in the series.
The game will be nationally televised as well on FOX, so get together with your friends and family and see what Hawaii is bringing to the table this year.
Hawaii vs. USC
- Who: Hawai’i (0-0) vs. #1/#3 USC (0-0)
- When: Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012
- Time: 4:30 p.m. PT / 1:30 p.m. HT
- Where: Los Angeles, CA; Los Angeles Coliseum (93,607)
- Television: Live nationally on FOX Sports with Gus Johnson (play-by-play), Charles Davis (analyst), and Julie Alexandria (sidelines). FOX Desportes will also carry the game live.
- National Radio: ESPN Radio will broadcast the game nationally with Rich Cellini (play-by-play), John Mackovic (analyst), and Brett McMurphy (sidelines).
- Local Radio: ESPN 1420 AM will carry the game live with Bobby Curran (play-by-play) and John Veneri (analyst). Don Robbs, Chris Hart and Gary Dickman host the “Countdown To Kickoff” beginning at 12:00 p.m. HT, and also the halftime show. Neighbor islands can listen live on KNUI on Maui, KHLO in Hilo, KKON in Kona.
- Audio Webcast: Live audio streaming on espn1420am.com
- Live Stats: Live in-game stats are available at usctrojans.com
- Series Information: USC leads 7-0.