University of Hawaii football coach Todd Graham watched a game against San Jose State from the sidelines last Saturday.


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LAS CRUCES, NM >> Two former Western Athletic Conference football members meet in an out-of-league game at Aggie Memorial Stadium today.

The Rainbow Warriors are in their 10th season as a football-only member of the Mountain West Conference. The Aggies compete as independents. Both teams are 1-3 – each defeating an FCS opponent.

The warriors want to ruin the Aggies’ homecoming. Fans do not need to be vaccinated or wear masks outdoors.

The Warriors show their best defensive performance of the season with a 17-13 loss to San Jose State. But the run-and-gun offensive was inconsistent. Quarterback Chevan Cordeiro’s numbers were impacted by 16 dropouts in four games.

The Aggies are expected to receive a boost with the return of quarterback Jonah Johnson, who missed the game last week with a wrist injury. Johnson appears to be medically approved for gambling. Walk-on Dino Maldonado started in the Aggies victory over the state of South Carolina.

Some keys:

> Cordeiro faces an NMSU defense who have allowed 444.5 yards per game.

> Which NMSU quarterback will lead an offense modeled after the Fourth Air Raid?

> Can UH play a clean game in special teams? After failing to give up a blocked punt from 2008 to 2020, two of their punts were denied that year.

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