Based on their performance against another SEC team, Georgia, in their bowl game last season, and the fact that both their coach and starting quarterback from that one loss season are gone. You could say that playing Florida in the season opener will indeed be a wake up call of sorts. However, this one is meant in the most literal sense. The kickoff time for the Gators vs. Warriors game was announced yesterday, and thanks to all of those wacky time zones it will feel like it's 6:30 a.m. to the Hawaii players.
The Gators will host Hawaii at 12:30 p.m. on Aug. 30 to accommodate TV. The game will be televised by Raycom. Their second game, against in-state rival Miami on Sept. 6, will be televised by ESPN with an 8 p.m. start.
The early start in the opener could pose problems for the Warriors, who will have to adjust to what will equate to a 6:30 a.m. kickoff for players and coaches making the 4,700-mile trip.
6:30? In the morning? Don't the schedulers know that the only reason college kids would be up that early is because they're still partying from the night before? Pack your alarm clocks and
beerbongs Mai-Tai's(it is Hawaii), kids. It's going to be a long trip.
Oh, and thanks for another 12:30 p.m. kickoff. At that time of day in late August in Gainesville it should be just slightly cooler than the surface of the sun.