Hawaii vs. San Jose State: Keys To A Warriors Victory

Hawaii vs. San Jose State: Keys To A Warriors Victory


Hawaii vs. San Jose State: Keys To A Warriors Victory


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Hawaii vs. San Jose State: Keys To A Warriors Victory

Warriors’ secondary will be tested, again.

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Can Hawaii knock off another undefeated

WEEK 14: San Jose State Spartans (4-0) vs. Hawaii Warriors (3-3)

WHEN: Saturday, December 5 — 1:00 PM HT/3:00 PM PT

WHERE: Aloha Stadium; Honolulu, HI

TV: Spectrum Pay-Per-View

STREAMING: For fans on the mainland, the game can be streamed using the Team1Sports application, which is available for download on Android and Apple devices and over-the-top platforms like Roku and Amazon Fire. Please note that the game will not be available on desktops or laptops.

You can also find the audio broadcast on TuneIn.

RADIO: The San Jose State broadcast can be found on 1220 AM out of Palo Alto, 95.3 FM in San Francisco, and on 90.5 FM (KSJS) in San Jose. The Hawaii broadcast can be found on the ESPN Radio affiliate in Honolulu, on 1420 AM and 92.7 FM.

SERIES RECORD: Hawaii leads the series 22-19-3. In the last meeting on November 9, 2019, the Warriors defeated the Spartans, 42-40, in Honolulu.

LAST WEEK: San Jose State had its road game against Boise State canceled because of COVID-19 concerns, while Hawaii beat Nevada at home, 24-21.

WEBSITES: HawaiiAthletics.com, the official Hawaii athletics website | SJSUSpartans.com, the official San Jose State athletics website

GAME NOTES (PDF): San Jose State | Hawaii

ODDS (as of 12/4, via BetMGM): San Jose State -2.5

SP+ PROJECTION: San Jose State by 4.5 (60% win probability)

FEI PROJECTION: San Jose State by 1.4

Now on to the preview of the game and keys for a Hawaii win. Last week, the Warriors knocked off one undefeated team as they upset Nevada and now they are looking to do the same to another undefeated team in San Jose State.

This game being moved from San Jose to Honolulu due to COVID-19 restrictions in the Bay Area and even with that move the Spartans are still a favorite.

1. Hawaii’s secondary needs another big game

The San Jose State passing offense is in the same neighborhood as Nevada’s air attack and the Warriors defensive staff made a plan to drop eight players and forced the Wolf Pack to run and throw short passes. The Spartans do not have as good as a ground attack so that drop eight scheme could work even better.

However, expect the San Jose State offense to make more adjustments to their passing scheme and that will put more pressure on a Hawaii secondary. The Warriors secondary is already one of the best in the conference in interceptions, passes defended and yards allow. This will be another big challenge if Hawaii can slow down quarterback Nick Starkel.

2. Get Calvin Turner the ball

The Warriors ground game has been slowly improving and that has to do with Calvin Turner who is making a name catching, running and returning the ball. He needs to be fed more to take off some of the pressure of QB Chevan Corderio who has been leading the team in rushing, and maybe get Miles Reed on track more as a true running back. Turner is a key for this offense and the Hawaii staff need to get him the ball as much as possible.

3. Chevan Corderio throwing the rock

Cordeiro is at the top of the conference in most passing categories but he is being overlooked by Nevada’s Carson Strong and San Jose State’s Nick Starkel. It took him a few games to get his first touchdown passes but in his prior four games he has had nine touchdowns and is playing as good as the best in the league with the exception of his completion percentage which is not all that great.



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