Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 8/16/12
Predictions are always dicey, especially when a new coach with a brand new system takes over a program.

Norm Chow has done that this year in Hawaii and there is both considerable buzz and excitement about the upcoming season.

But considering the tough slate the Warriors have ahead of them, is it warranted? Lets take a look at each game.

Sept. 1: Hawaii at USC
Going to the Coliseum to face the Trojans is a daunting task even for perennial powerhouses. Yet this is where the Warriors will begin their season.

Led by  quarterback Matt Barkley, the Trojans will be gunning for nothing less than a national championship.

Expect the Warriors to keep it close early as USC sees what schemes Norm Chow has put into place. UH will be trailing by halftime, but still very much in the game.

However, USC will make adjustments and by mid-third quarter their bigger, stronger, and faster athletes will begin to pull away. With Trojan title aspirations, the Warriors can expect no mercy. USC will be pressured to win and win big they will.

Prediction: USC 63, UH 17

Sept. 15: Lamar at Hawaii
Hawaii hosting a FCS Subdivision foe after a bye week spells trouble for hapless Lamar.

Lamar is a fine team at its level. Hawaii is not their level.

Still smarting from the smack down from USC, the Warriors will be looking to prove themselves. The Warriors will roll, posting glittering offensive and defensive numbers, against the overmatched opponent.

Prediction: UH 49, Lamar 7

Sept. 22: Nevada at Hawaii
A pivotal game early on in the Warriors' season.

Nevada has lost three straight at Aloha Stadium and Coach Chris Ault has repeatedly said he does not relish facing the Warriors at home. On paper this looks like a horrific mismatch.

In 2010, with a nationally ranked team that had just blown out UCLA, Nevada rolled into Aloha Stadium confidently and left with the only loss it would suffer that season.

Expect Nevada's woes to continue as the Warriors stun visiting Nevada with a sturdy defensive display and scoring just enough to eke out a win.

Prediction: UH 27, Nevada 24

Sept. 29 Hawaii at BYU
Hawaii is always a different team when away from the friendly confines of Aloha Stadium, and this is the first of a tough two week span.

The Cougars are back. Their team is talented and battle-tested. The Cougars will be poised to make a run at the Top 25. To do that they must handle the confident Warriors. BYU will simply have too much talent and experience for the Warriors.

Prediction: BYU 33, UH 10

Oct. 6 Hawaii at San Diego State
The second tough game is against the resurgent Aztecs.

The Aztecs corrected several deficiencies during the offseason and will likely be looking to be the second best team in the Mountain West after Boise State. The Warriors will have trouble scoring consistently enough to keep pace against the Aztecs' speedy defense. The warriors will harry the Aztec quarterback at times, but in the end, the Aztecs will prevail.

Prediction: San Diego State 31, UH 21

Oct. 13 New Mexico at Hawaii
The Warriors will be glad to be home after losses to BYU and San Diego State. They will find themselves facing an opponent as hungry for a win as they are.

Last season, New Mexico won a single game and things will not be significantly better in 2012. The Warriors have better athletes and will still possess an edge in size. New Mexico will fight back courageously, but the outcome is never in doubt.

Prediction: UH 38, New Mexico 10

Oct. 27 Hawaii at Colorado State
Location is everything in this match up.

As stated before, the Warriors are simply not the same team away from home. Hawaii is the better team in every aspect of the game. They should be able to come in and take care of business. They won't.

This game has trap written all over it and the Warriors usually lose at least one game they should win every season. The trap will be sprung leaving the stunned Warriors with a loss.

Prediction: CSU 38, UH 10

Nov. 3 Hawaii at Fresno State
Fresno Sate  has a new coach and a new style. Gone is the ruinous anyone, anywhere mantra of the old administration.

Fresno Sate intends to focus on Mountain West play this season. With the Mountain West's best quarterback in Derrick Carr and the conference's best running back Robbie Rouse, the Warriors will face a balanced and explosive attack that will rack up the points. The Warriors will fire back, but the combination of Carr and Rouse will prove too much.

Prediction: FSU 45, UH 20

Nov. 10 Boise State at Hawaii
Hawaii will be home for this game, but there will be little cause to celebrate.

Boise State is a perennial powerhouse year after year and simply reloads. Unlike Nevada and Fresno State, the Broncos have no trouble with the Warriors, even at Aloha Stadium.

It will be no different this year. Boise's parting gift before departing to the Big East will be a brutal beat down.

Prediction: BSU 56, UH 10

Nov. 17 Hawaii at Air Force
While Air Force is rebuilding this year, they still have a number of skilled players and innovative schemes known to drive opponents crazy. Add to that Hawaii's unfamiliarity with this team, and it spells trouble.

After two brutal games, the Warriors will be running on empty and it will show. Make no mistake, they will have their moments and give Air Force a scare. But in the end, the Falcons will be soaring high.

Prediction: Air Force 27, UH 20

Nov. 24 UNLV at Hawaii
UNLV managed to win only two games last year, losing even to FCS Subdivision foe Souther Utah 41-16.

Interestingly, last year they beat the heavily favored Warriors 40-20. This game will be all about payback for the Warriors.

For the last four games they have been battered about and seen their bowl game dreams die. They will also remember last year's drumming. The Warriors will vent four weeks of anger and frustration on a team they dislike. The bigger and faster Warriors win handily.

Prediction: UH 48, UNLV 10

Dec.1 South Alabama at Hawaii
Both these teams will be faring poorly at this point in the season. South Alabama, new to the FCS, will say this visit to Hawaii is their bowl game.

The angry Warriors will be looking to end the 2012 campaign on a positive note. Expect both teams to pull out all the stops in the final game of the season. In a game like this, South Alabama's weak offensive line and poor defensive secondary spell its doom.

The Warriors will harry South Alabama's offense and  Hawaii's Sean Schroeder will light up their defensive backfield.

Prediction: UH 59 South Alabama 23

2012 Season Predicted Record: 5-7

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