Boise State’s offensive line vs. Hawaii’s defense
The Rainbow Warriors employ an attacking defense that brings blitzes from many different spots, including sending two rushers from the same spot. The Broncos have struggled to handle that type of variety this season.
“You don’t know exactly when it’s coming,” coach Bryan Harsin said. “For a playcaller, it makes it difficult.”
Hawaii forced punts on four of Wisconsin’s first six possessions last week. The Badgers eventually started clicking and won 28-0.
Two weeks earlier, No. 1 Ohio State failed to score on six of its first eight possessions. The Buckeyes also pulled away late for a 38-0 win.
“They disrupted momentum,” Harsin said. “They seemed to get both teams a little off their game until they settled down and started doing their base stuff. In some areas, it was just being better — making a guy miss, having a better athlete in a certain position. Other than that, they were difficult on defense. We know what they’re capable of doing. We’re going to have to have guys do the same things.”
Offensive coordinator Eliah Drinkwitz said the Warriors most resemble BYU. Boise State was 2-for-12 on third down in that game and punted eight times.
“They’re a very tough opponent, especially for a quarterback who hasn’t seen all the looks,” Drinkwitz said. “It’s going to be an important week of preparation. ... They take big risks and they usually pay off.”