Warriors prepare to turn up the intensity as the team finishes final exams ahead of Hawaii Bowl

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The countdown to the 17th annual Hawaii Bowl has reached single digits.

The University of Hawaii football team continued preparations for Louisiana Tech on Thursday morning, just nine days away from kickoff at Aloha Stadium.

The Rainbow Warriors, playing in the postseason for the second time in three years, but for the first time since 2010 can bring the swagger of a winning season as the 8-5 Warriors will face their former WAC rivals on December 22, looking for a seventh bowl game title for the program all-time.

Game preps are expected to get a lot more focused next week as the ‘Bows complete final exams in the coming days with more than a dozen players set to graduate on Saturday.

“Finals is a pretty hectic week for everyone who has been in school or has gone through it. It’s late nights and it’s early mornings, especially for us and I think the guys are putting in the work not only on the field but in the books as well. I’m just ready to get done with school. I’m over it,” said sophomore quarterback Cole McDonald.

“That’s what keeps us going I think. Knowing that it’s brighter on the other side. This is going to be our last week we really got to grind it out but knowing that we get to stay in the hotel next week and be together and do some festivities and some activities that’s what is keeping us going and driving us but definitely it’s going to be a lot of fun to focus strictly on football next week,” junior receiver John Ursua told KHON2 Sports Director Rob DeMello following Thursday’s workout.

The Rainbow Warriors and Bulldogs kickoff next Saturday at Aloha Stadium, where currently UH is listed as 1.5 point favorites.

Tickets are still available, and the game will be televised on ESPN.

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