Introducing a new article series and one we think we’ll be having a bit of fun with throughout the season. Every week we will breakdown the best worst game and hence the title of the series “Best Worst Game of the Week”. The point of this series is to give all of you a heads up on what we think will be the most entertaining, non-mainstream college football game of the weekend. So if you are a fan of pure football, this series is definitely for you.
This week’s BWGOTW is the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors against the UMass Minutemen. Currently the Rainbow Warriors are favored by one point against the Minutemen. Last season these two teams faced off at Hawaii in a ‘defense is optional’ shootout where Hawaii got the upperhand over a depleted UMass by a score of 46-40. This time however, the Rainbow Warriors will be traveling over 5,000 miles to play the Minutemen in Amherst, Massachusetts. Granted classes at UMass have not resumed yet so home field advantage will most likely not be a factor.
The main question in this game is which quarterback will get the start for UMass. Quarterbacks Andrew Ford and Ross Comis split time last season until Ford eventually won the job outright after Comis went down due to injury. Ford is more of a pocket passer while Comis is more mobile and can extend plays with his feet. Both quarterbacks handle being under center well and with a big target like tight-end Adam Breneman (above). Breneman is one of the top if not the top tight-end in the FBS this season and once the Minutemen can decide on a QB, Breneman will be off to the races.
Hawaii on the other hand has a solidified returning quarterback in Dru Brown (below). Brown’s top target from last year is gone so he will have to step up and prove that he is the leader of the Rainbow Warriors. A matchup against UMass will be just the place for him to start that path to leadership as he threw for 311 yards for five TDs and zero interceptions last year.
Hawaii is a team that notoriously struggles on the road and if UMass’s defense can hold their own this game will be UMass’s to lose but if you know anything about UMass, they are good at that. The key for UMass will be their defensive positioning and ability to finish their tackles. The key for the Rainbow Warriors will be to slow down whichever quarterback Mark Whipple decides to let take the reigns. This game will be high scoring (you’ll notice I did not talk about defense and there is a reason for that) and close but for me, I think the UMass Minutemen will edge out Hawaii by a score of 39-34.
You can watch this game on NESN Plus on Saturday August 26th at 6:00 PM ET.
Or stream via UMass Athletics.
Cover Photo via Honolulu Star
Article Photos via Honolulu Star and USA Today