Hawaii faces tall task

On paper it's the Hawaii Warriors, coming off a 6-7 campaign in 2011, traveling to take on a USC Trojans squad that finished last season with a 10-2 record. But the storyline likely to steal much of the attention Saturday will be the return of former USC offensive coordinator Norm Chow, now the Warriors' head coach. Hawaii, making its debut in the Mountain West Conference, looks to have an uphill battle against a USC team that landed at No. 1 in the ESPN.com preseason power rankings.

Offense (2011 statistics)
Scoring: 31.5 points per game (No. 3 WAC, No. 36 overall)

Rushing: 95.4 yards per game (No. 8 WAC, No. 113 overall)