Fresno State ready


POSTED: Saturday, October 04, 2008

FRESNO, Calif. » So Hawaii comes to town on a two-game skid and searching for its identity on offense.

Hawaii (1-3, 0-1 WAC) at No. 22 Fresno State (3-1, 0-0), 4 p.m. today, PPV Ch. 255; KKEA, 1420-AM

Fresno State, meanwhile, is coming off a landmark win at UCLA that elevated the Bulldogs in the national polls.

Don't suppose there's any chance of Fresno State taking the Warriors lightly?

“;No way,”; Fresno State coach Pat Hill said as he prepared to put the 22nd-ranked Bulldogs through their final workout prior to today's renewal of their Western Athletic Conference rivalry at Bulldog Stadium.

“;Doesn't make any difference. This is a draw-the-line-in-the-sand game, just like UCLA was last week.”;

If Hill had any letdown concerns after winning at the Rose Bowl, having Hawaii next on the schedule probably worked in his favor. The Warriors (1-3, 0-1 WAC) have won the last two meetings and laid a 68-37 beating on the Bulldogs (3-1, 0-0) in their last visit to California's Central Valley.

“;It was a real tough game for us (at UCLA) and this is going to be a tough football game,”; Hill said. “;Hawaii and Wisconsin are the best two defenses we've played and we've played some pretty good teams.”;

While Hill has been impressed with Hawaii's defense, there's a bit more uncertainty in preparing for a Warrior offense adjusting to the strengths of mobile quarterback Inoke Funaki.

“;I don't know what they're going to do, but we'll adjust as the game goes on,”; Hill said.

The Warriors haven't beaten a ranked team on the road in the program's history and have already experienced raucous road environments at Florida and Oregon State. They'll face another today at Bulldog Stadium.

“;It's college football at it's best with a crowd that's on you,”; UH coach Greg McMackin said. “;I think that's exciting, that gets you jacked up.”;