In most cases, it probably would be better for a team that lost its first two games to keep playing. The best way to get over a loss is to play the next game.
But this coming week’s bye probably is needed to heal the ailing. Running back Joey Iosefa, defensive tackle Kennedy Tulimasealii and free safety Marrell Jcakson were on the 66-player travel roster, but they weren’t going to play against Oregon State.
Now linebacker Brenden Daley and safety Kawika Borden could use a week’s rest.
Head coach Norm Chow said Taylor Graham remains as the No. 1 quarterback. But Chow made it clear there needs to be improvement in the passing game, and that includes making accurate throws, catching passes (there were four drops), blocking better, and converting on third down. The Warriors had six three-and-out drives that used an aggregate 7 minutes, 11 seconds. With an hour glass as an image, most of the sand was on the defense’s side.
Even the most loyal figured UH would have difficulty against USC and Oregon State. But the Warriors actually had a chance to win both games if they could have sustained any consistency on offense. They have an extra week to try to correct their problems.