Here we go, warriors!
Legendary sportscaster Les Keiter says the UH-Boise State football game has generated unprecedented fan interest
Les Keiter doesn't necessarily agree that today's tussle with Boise State is the most significant game in University of Hawaii football history -- not yet, anyway.
» When: Today, 4 p.m.
» Where: Aloha Stadium
» Records: Hawaii 10-0, 7-0 WAC; Boise State 10-1, 7-0
» Rankings: Hawaii, No. 13 USA Today Coaches Poll; No. 14 AP; Boise State, No. 17 in both polls
» Series: Boise State leads 6-2
But the ardent observer of island sports since 1970 said he thinks it is the biggest sports event ever to be staged in Hawaii with interest level as the judge.
"When you say magnitude, there's nothing else," Keiter said. "I know we've had some great boxing matches, volleyball, basketball and baseball games, but nothing that has caught fire with everybody like this. What they've done so far is unbelievable."
The No. 14-ranked Warriors (10-0, 7-0 Western Athletic Conference) play the five-time league champion Broncos (10-1, 7-0) at sold-out Aloha Stadium today for the WAC title.
Keiter, a retired Hall of Fame sportscaster who spent the second half of his career in Hawaii and still lives here, cited two UH road games -- the 6-0 win at Nebraska in 1955 and the 27-17 Holiday Bowl victory over Illinois in San Diego in 1992 -- as more significant than today's game.
That however, could change with a Warriors win over the Broncos, who are 3-point underdogs.
A UH victory:
» Gives Hawaii its first-ever sole Western Athletic Conference championship.
» Moves UH one game closer to an undefeated season.
» Likely moves the Warriors up from their No. 15 ranking in the Bowl Championship Series standings. This ranking determines if UH gets to play in a lucrative mainland bowl game against a national powerhouse. Hawaii must reach No. 12 to guarantee its spot. The Warriors have one more regular-season game, a week from tomorrow against Washington.
UH has been ranked in football before, but the Warriors have never gone this far with an unbeaten record against all college competition (the 1925 team finished 10-0 but played only three other colleges).