Breaking Down Hawai'i Vs Washington State

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Hawaii (1-0) at Washington St. (0-1) in Seattle, 4 p.m. Pacific
Line: Hawaii by 2
Series Record: 2-2
Last Meeting: 2008, Hawaii 24-10
What's at Stake

Washington State wants to convince fans it has improved from a horrific 2008 by posting a victory, after losing opener 39-13 to Stanford. QBs Kevin Lopina and Marshall Lobbestael still fighting for starting job. Hawaii barely beat Central Arkansas of the FCS 25-20, and opens a stretch of three road games that is its longest in 45 years.

Key Matchup

Hawaii QB Greg Alexander against porous WSU defense. WSU RBs James Montgomery and Dwight Tardy against solid Hawaii rush defense.

Players to watch

Hawaii QB Alexander one of best in West, and slotback Greg Salas had 180 receiving yards in last game.

Washington State WR Jared Karstetter has big play potential, and Tardy on quest to become first WSU player to lead team in rushing four straight seasons.

Facts & Figures

Hawaii is 3-2 versus Pac-10 teams on road ... this is 100th anniversary of start of Hawaii football ... WSU coach Paul Wulff played for Dennis Erickson, while Hawaii coach Greg McMackin coached for years under Erickson in college and NFL ... Washington State is 5-2 in annual "home" games at Qwest Field in Seattle ... Hawaii and WSU played just two games ago, in last season's finale, with Hawaii winning 24-10.