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The Rainbow Warriors run out of the tunnel at Aloha Stadium.

The Rainbow Warriors will open the season with two road games for the first time since 1992, with the season opener against Fresno State on Oct. 24.

The Mountain West Conference released the 2020 football schedule Thursday morning. Oct. 24 marks the official start of the Mountain West football season.

With the release of this new schedule, the format for the Mountain West Championship Game will change to the two best winning percentages in the conference, rather than the top teams from each division. +

“We are excited to get our student-athletes back on the football field this fall,” commissioner Craig Thompson said. “The shift away from a two-division format was necessary to optimize the schedule and allow for maximum flexibility given the various constraints which had to be considered.” 

What does this mean for Hawaiʻi?

The Warriors are also the only team in the Mountain West to start the season with two road games, possibly giving leeway for the team in one of the most restricted states during the coronavirus outbreak.

The hardest test for Hawaiʻi looks to be the same test every year when Boise State travels to Aloha Stadium on Nov. 21 to keep their eight-game win streak against the ‘Bows. 

According to David Matlin, the UH Athletic Director, this knocks off the first step of the three step program for UH Football. The next thing on the University of Hawaiʻi’s mind should be travel accommodations due to the state’s strict restrictions on travel. 

While the Air Force game got knocked off the bill, the Warriors will still be playing in three rivalry trophy games: the Paniolo Trophy (Wyoming), the Dick Tomey Legacy Trophy (San Jose State), and the Island Showdown Trophy (UNLV). 

If all goes according to plan this will be Hawaiʻi’s football schedule:

10/24 - Fresno State*

10/31 - Wyoming*

11/7 - New Mexico

11/14 - San Diego State*

11/21 - Boise State

11/28 - Nevada

12/5 - San Jose State*

12/12 - UNLV

12/19 - Mountain West Championship Game+

*Away game

+The Mountain West Football Championship Game will be played at the home stadium of the team with the highest win percentage in conference games only.

Sports Writer

Tanner Haworth is a sophomore majoring in Journalism. His goal is to become a sports journalist and have dinner with Adam Schefter one of these days.