Hawaii has never beaten USC in seven previous tries, and USC has won 14 consecutive season openers, including three against the Warriors. Kiffin's first game as USC's head coach was at Aloha Stadium in 2010.
With just four defensive starters returning, Chow readily acknowledges he isn't sure how the Warriors will slow down Barkley and the Trojans' offensive talent. Hawaii will attempt to score enough points to keep up, debuting Chow's pro-style offense after 13 years of Warriors football in the run-and-shoot schemes that regularly produced entertaining, high-scoring games.
"You know that's always an entertaining team to watch," said USC safety T.J. McDonald, who also passed on early NFL entry to chase a championship. "We're going to have to play hard to shut them down, no matter who the coach is or what offense they're running."
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