The current Hawaii team is 6-6 overall and 3-4 in the WAC. Come Saturday, they'll play like a Top 25 team, if history holds true.
This year, Hawaii has lost to Washington, UNLV, San Jose State, Utah State, Nevada and Fresno State. It did beat Ute-buster Colorado in the season-opener.
But come Saturday, against BYU, it will be the most important athletic event on Oahu this year. Hawaii is playing for a bowl bid, new life, an extended season, and it is icing on the cake that it gets BYU, a team the natives see as their one and only true rival that they haven't seen for a decade.
You get the picture.
On Monday, I asked Mahe what tips he had for BYU's players this week when they get to Honolulu.
Without hesitation, Mahe offered his most important piece of advice.
"Stay away from the ocean," he said. "It is a trap. Stay away from the ocean, just do not go there. Really, it is a trap."
Mahe should know. He arrived in Honolulu with a 12-0 team and left with a beaten-down squad that lost by 27 points.
Aloha, the Warriors said.
"Take your sunburn, and enjoy the long trip home."
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