About 70 percent of the front page of today's Honolulu Star-Bulletin is devoted to the game. And inside, there is a four-page pullout section... including a nice feature on Jake Locker.
The game also is the top story on local TV news.
In other words, very big news.
It's being covered with confidence -- the feel seems to be treated as the big drum roll leading up to the big BCS breakthrough. But the caution comes in repeated use of the phrase "battle tested" to describe the Dawgs. UW is "battle tested" against top-level competition in a way that UH is not, folks keep stressing.
Another thing everyone here is stressing is the need to get to the stadium early. Not like an hour or two early. Four or five hours early. After seeing news clips of the traffic jam around Aloha Stadium before the Boise game last week, they've finally convinced me. I had hoped to watch the UW basketball game and then head off to the stadium, but now I'm planning to leave pretty much right after posting this ... a personal-record five and a half hours before gametime.
I'll post again when -- if? -- I get to the press box.