HONOLULU Hawaii's to-do list: win the Western Athletic Conference title, go 12-0, secure a BCS berth and knock off a big-name program. Sound familiar?
The 14th-ranked Warriors are trying to repeat Boise State's magic from last season. But to do so, they need to first get past the 17th-ranked Broncos tonight.
On the line for Hawaii (10-0, 7-0) is its perfect season, BCS hopes, first outright WAC title and some respect.
"Obviously, we're playing for a lot," said quarterback Colt Brennan, who will start for the Warriors after recovering from a concussion sustained two weeks ago. "It almost seems like the situation is bigger than us. All we can do is focus on the game itself and hopefully get that victory."
Since joining the WAC in 2001, Boise State (10-1, 7-0) has dominated the conference and Hawaii. The Broncos are seeking a seventh consecutive victory over the Warriors and their sixth consecutive WAC title. Boise State also hasn't given up hope of making it to the big stage for a second year in a row.
"This is, as we say every week, our bowl game right now," said Broncos running back Ian Johnson, who is averaging 104.9 rushing yards a game and has scored 15 TDs.
Hawaii is 15th in the BCS standings and needs to finish 12th or higher to secure a spot in a BCS bowl. Boise State is 19th.
The WAC heavyweights are two of the winningest teams in college football. Boise State has won 23 of its last 24 games, while Hawaii has won 20 of its last 21 games, including 11 in a row.
"It is the biggest game in WAC history," WAC commissioner Karl Benson said. "It has all the buzz and all the hype that we were expecting it to have."