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Utah State at Hawaii: How to watch, listen to or stream the game

State of Utah (4-5) on Hawaii (2-8)

Kicking off: Saturday 9pm MST

Venue: Clarence TC Ching Complex (capacity 9,346)

TV: spectrum sports

Live broadcast: Spectrum Sports PPV

Radio: 1280AM/97.5FM

Series: Utah State and Hawaii meet for the 18th time. The Aggies lead the series 11-6 and have won six straight games in the series, including the last three away. Overall, Utah State is 5-4 all-time against Hawaii in the Islands.

Weather: Temperatures in the mid 70’s with a slight chance of rain and 15 mph winds from the NE.

the trends

For the State of Utah: The Aggies are 4-5 overall after their win over New Mexico. Utah State has a conference game winning record (3-2) but is still struggling to qualify for the Bowl after a rough non-conference list. The Aggies now have a 28% chance of becoming bowlable, according to ESPN.

For Hawaii: The Rainbow Warriors are 2-8 in the season and only 1-4 in the game against Mountain West, the only win coming at home against Nevada. Hawaii has lost three straight games but was competitive in losses to Colorado State and Wyoming before being blown out by Fresno State.

What to look out for

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Utah State linebacker Max Alford (33) celebrates after scoring against New Mexico quarterback Justin Holaday (12) in the second half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, November 5, 2022 in Logan, Utah is.

Eli Lucero, The Herald Journal via Associated Press

Can the state of Utah overcome its youth? Again?

The Aggies have endured countless injuries this season, many of which have been sustained by their most experienced contributors. As a result, Utah State had to play progressively younger players as the season progressed.

A case in point is linebacker Max Alford. The reigning MW freshman of the week, after recording a career-high eight tackles and 1.5 tackles for the loss to New Mexico, Alford started the season by playing almost exclusively on special teams. He’s now an integral part of Aggies’ defence, largely due to an injury to MJ Tafisi.

Across the team, newcomers had to fill in due to injuries – Bishop Davenport for Logan Bonner, Cooper Legas and Levi Williams, Terrell Vaughn and Ny Ny Davis for Kyle Van Leeuwen, Robert Briggs for Calvin Tyler Jr.

If the Aggies are healthier against Hawaii, given the Warriors’ all-around struggles, a win should be on the cards. Hawaii ranks bottom in MW in total defense and is a run-of-the-mill team on offense while head coach Timmy Chang is working to figure out what kind of program he’s taken on.

If Utah State is forced to go young again, however, the game could apply to either team, as the Aggies’ recent game against Wyoming and New Mexico showed.

key players

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Hawaii running back Dedrick Parson (31) attempts to get through the Wyoming defense in the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, October 29, 2022 in Honolulu.

Marco Garcia, Associated Press

Dedrick Parson, RB, Hawaii: If Hawaii is to have a chance against Utah State, it must be successful on offense, and no player was more responsible for the Warriors’ success than Parson. The senior running back leads the team with 586 yards and 10 touchdowns, averaging 4.2 yards per carry and 58.6 yards per game.

Utah State has proven vulnerable on the ground this season — think Wyoming, Air Force, UNLV and New Mexico — and if Parson is able to find space against USU, he can potentially keep the Warriors in the game.

Quotable

“They have proved very, very difficult to beat, especially at home. Many young people going there for the first time have to tune out the distractions of the trip. … We can’t miss this. We have to find a way to win and I think they will make that very difficult. Lots of close games, except for Fresno. Lots of close games where they ended up being right there and I suspect we’ll see that from these guys. — Utah State Coach Blake Anderson

“We want to win these games and we want to win for these seniors. The commitment to stay, to fight for the program, her school and her state says a lot to me. I love her for that. … The goal is to win for these seniors, and if we can do that, that’s huge.” — Hawaii coach Timmy Chang

next up

Utah State returns home for its final home game of the season against San Jose State on Saturday, November 19. Hawaii hosts UNLV in another late-night affair the same day.

Utah State Schedule

August 27 – State of Utah 31, UConn 20

September 3 – #1 Alabama 55, State of Utah 0

September 10 – Weber State 35, Utah State 7

17 Sep – Bye

24 September – UNLV 34, State of Utah 24

Sept. 29 – #16 BYU 38, Utah State 26

Oct. 8 – Utah State 34, Air Force 27

October 15 – State of Utah 17, State of Colorado 13

October 22 – Wyoming 28, State of Utah 14

29 Oct – Bye

November 5 – State of Utah 27, New Mexico 10

November 12 – State of Utah in Hawaii

Nov. 19 – Utah State vs. San Jose State

November 25 – State of Utah in the state of Boise

All times MST.

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