Though the football teams from the University of Hawaii and Nevada can offer opponents plenty to worry about, the Warriors and Wolf Pack tried to keep focus on their own agendas in the days leading up to the programs' Mountain West Conference debuts.
"These games mean more, because these games allow you to win the Mountain West title, but we approach every game the same way - it's not really about our opponent. It's always about us," UH quarterback Sean Schroeder said
in an interview linked from the school's athletic website. "If we can execute and we can take care of our business, usually good things are going to happen."
Sean Schroeder and the University of Hawaii football team will play a Mountain West Conference game for the first time Saturday, against Nevada.
Hawaii (1-1) and Nevada (2-1) will meet Saturday at Aloha Stadium.
"Coach (Norm) Chow says every next game is the biggest game," said Warriors cornerback Mike Edwards, who scored on a kickoff return in a win over Lamar last week, and has a team-high nine tackles this season.
Nevada, meanwhile, has a good deal of control over one of the team's biggest concerns - penalties. The Wolf Pack have been flagged for 312 yards this season, the second-most in the Bowl Subdivision.
In a win over Northwestern State last week, Nevada was whistled for 12 infractions - bringing its total this season to 32 - for 118 yards.
"That's not something you can do in any game and get a win," said Wolf Pack linebacker Albert Rosette. "Luckily we did this weekend, but definitely at Hawaii, it's a hostile environment out there. They always play well at home. We've just got to get rid of those mistakes, period. It doesn't matter who we're playing. Those are things we've got to clean up, and clean up fast."
The Wolf Pack's Stefphon Jefferson is averaging 176.3 rushing yards per game, second in the nation, and the team is averaging 551.3 yards of total offense, which ranks ninth.
"This is one of the top offenses in the country right now, so we know that we're facing a lot more intensity and a lot more talent this week, but we're going to remain the same," Edwards said. "We're going to continue to execute, continue to work hard and continue to listen to our coaches, and we know we can go out there and get it done this week."