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Hawaii’s college football travel schedule is exhausting just to look at

The Rainbow Warriors are flying a distance greater than the circumference of the planet in about a three-week period. Hope they like airplanes!

University of California v University of Hawaii - College Football Sydney Cup Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images

Hawaii kicked off the college football season with a game against Cal in Sydney, Australia, on Friday night. (It was Friday night in the United States, at least.)

There are plenty of reasons for a program to play a game in such a faraway locale, and international contests are nothing new in this sport.

But that doesn’t mean Hawaii’s traveling schedule, in particular, isn’t miserable. The Rainbow Warriors flew more than 5,000 miles to participate in what became a 51-31 loss to the Bears, and that’s just the beginning of what will turn out to be an awful lot of air miles. How bad does it get? This bad:

Some people like traveling. Lots of people would agree it’s not the worst thing in the world. But if you’re a college student and you’re flying this schedule, imagine how irritating all this jet-setting could become:

Aug. 26: 5,071 miles to Sydney, times two for the round trip = 10,142 miles.

This is the biggest trip the Rainbow Warriors will take, but it’s only slightly downhill for the next game.

Sept. 3: 4,442 miles to Ann Arbor, Mich., to play Michigan, times two for the round trip = another 8,884 miles

Hawaii has to play this game in one week. They’re all going to fall asleep on the field.

Sept. 17: 2,974 miles to Tucson, Ariz., to play Arizona, then the same distance home.

That’s another 5,948 miles round-tripping, bringing us to 24,974 miles in just about three weeks.

Earth’s circumference is 24,901 miles.