Hawaii Is Trying to Schedule a Road Game at Ohio State

By Vico on June 30, 2013 at 3:26p

Hawaii Rainbow Warriors 1959 uniforms

Who doesn't love some speculation about non-conference scheduling?

Hawaii is looking to schedule a few non-conference games itself, and has eyed Ohio State as a team it wants to play, and in the Horseshoe.

If talks continue to do well, UH might be sending hold-the-date cards to its football fans.

The Rainbow Warriors are seeking to play future road games against UCLA and Ohio State. The games would be particularly meaningful because of the venues. UCLA plays its home games at the Rose Bowl. Ohio State's home stadium — "The Horseshoe" — is one of college football's wonders. If the Warriors need to go on the road to fill dates, those two would be among the most worthwhile.

For those asking "why Ohio State?", Hawaii's new athletic director, Ben Jay, was previously an associate athletic director at Ohio State.

Hawaii is no stranger to traveling far and wide to play football. While visiting UCLA wouldn't be surprising, given its previous trips to the Coliseum to play USC, Hawaii has also traveled to Gainesville in 2008 to play Urban Meyer's Florida Gators, and even traveled to Alabama in 2006 to play the Crimson Tide.

The Buckeyes and Rainbow Warriors have never played each other in football.


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Chief B1G Dump's picture

Now that theyre the rainbow warriors again, I'll take it.
Much cooler match up then Buffalo, San Diego State, Florida AM, etc...
I wouldn't mind a home and home on this one, for selfish reasons.

MN Buckeye's picture

That would be a brutal travel schedule for Hawaii, but great for them to schedule top competition in a hostile environment.

KBonay's picture

If I'm gonna schedule Hawaii, might as well be a road game. Just sayin'. 

Earle's picture

If they're just looking for a payday, they should just strike a licensing deal with Skittles. That's a long way to go to take a beating.

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Vico's picture

Sadly, Ohio State's athletic department is too sensitive to home game revenues to schedule a road trip to Hawaii. It'd be quite the experience, but the opportunity cost would be too high for an athletic department that uses home game revenue to finance a large part of the rest of the operating budget, as well as other sports programs.

It's one such reason why I'm kind of jealous of USC's athletic department (well, not totally jealous). USC seems to schedule road games for the hell of it, including somewhat random home-and-home series (at Nebraska in 2007, at Arkansas in 2006, at Auburn in 2003, at Kansas State in 2002), and just truly random road trips (like to UVA in 2008, Landover (MD) to play Va Tech in 2004, and New Jersey to play Syracuse in 2012). From an outsider's perspective, USC seems to schedule road games for the hell of it, kind of like how someone would play exhibition contests on their college football video game.

There'd be a lot of spectator value if Ohio State could afford to do something similar, like a road game at Hawaii, but, again, the opportunity cost would be too high.

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KBonay's picture

With the Bowl ban last year, that would have been an opportune time to schedule Hawaii-away late in season. And in return, Hawaii could have gotten a game in the Shoe. Would have been a nice F-U to NCAA & a reward to those players that were not involved in the actual sanctions. 

BuckeyeChief's picture

Correct me if I am wrong, but there was talk of that when the ban came out, but apparently there is an NCAA rule that specifically bans that type of activity.

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Vico's picture

The NCAA took away that rule that allows programs to treat Hawaii as a de facto bowl game while on probation. The NCAA permits teams to schedule a 13th game to encourage programs to play at Hawaii, but, you guessed it, Alabama ruined it for everyone.


USC was only allowed to proceed with playing at Hawaii for a 13th game in 2010 because it had already scheduled it well in advance of its sanctions. Tickets had already been sold and Hawaii would've suffered more than USC would have if that game were canceled on short notice.

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Baroclinicity's picture

Would love to see the home and home with Hawaii.  Just spent a honeymoon there last fall.  I don't need many reasons to go back...

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Cincinnati Mac's picture

Home and Home, please. Not that anyone ever NEEDS an excuse to go to Hawaii, but a Buckeye game on the big island would clinch it.

THE_JUICE's picture

I'm assuming for Hawaii's sake that this would be a night game?

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

This would be pretty cool to schedule Hawaii.  We've never played them and it would be an interesting change to the usual teams that we play in the non conference schedule.

9Route's picture

Those shoulder stripes on their uniforms were cool before they were gay, technically.

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Hovenaut's picture

I just read this thread with the Hawaii Five-0 theme song playing in my head.

hetuck's picture

Paycheck games are getting harder and harder to schedule. I'd jump on this. 

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harleymanjax's picture

Oregon ain't got nothin on those uniforms!

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pjtobin's picture

That would be sweet! I could go to Hawaii , watch my Buckeyes, and bow hunt axis deer all in one trip! I am in. Please let this happen in my life time. 

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CowCat's picture

This would be a great game for TOSU. It would give them more exposure to the West Coast audience outside of California, and it might build on recruiting relationships with the Pacific Islands.
Win-win, wherever they play IMO

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jthiel09's picture

If Hawaii wants to be scheduled to play in The Shoe they have to consent to wear those jerseys and then we'll talk.


Michibuck's picture

Come on down, Rainbow Warriors!

Maffro's picture

I didn't know Ben Jay became Hawaii's AD. A few years ago when I worked for the athletic department, Gene Smith introduced me to him. Really really nice guy. I know he had a busy job, but he spent hours talking with me about pretty much everything, from minor league baseball to specific financial aspects of OSU's athletic department to his time in the Pac-10 to why the Big Ten won't change their name. Any time he came to our building, he'd always come find me to chat for a bit. I wish him the best at Hawaii.

Jonnferrell's picture

Only if they bring some of dem hulie hulie girls.

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GoBucks713's picture

Can we replace Buffalo with Hawaii for this season?

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buckeyefan808's picture

I'm from Hawaii and if OSU ever comes down here to play, i'd lose my freakin mind!

BABuckeye's picture

Would be nice if it were scheduled in time for former Buckeye (and son of former Buckeye) QB Taylor Graham to takes snaps in the Shoe.

fanosu99's picture

I would like to see this game.