The college football season kicks off when the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors and Cal Golden Bears take to the field in Sydney, Australia. Both of these teams have some tempered expectations entering the season with Hawaii bringing in a new head coach and Cal looking to replace Jared Goff – who had been their starting quarterback for the past three seasons.
Hawaii axed Norm Chow after the coach led the team to an 11-39 record in four seasons. Former Warriors’ QB Nick Rolovich was brought in to try to rejuvenate a once-potent offense that averaged just 192 passing yards per game last season. Luckily for Rolovich and Hawaii, the team is returning 10 offensive starters – including four along the offensive line.
Cal is going to be hard-pressed on offense this season, as the team not only lost Goff, but also their top six receivers. Texas Tech transfer David Webb will be the starter at QB after he posted some good numbers with the Red Raiders before an injury saw him replaced by Patrick Mahomes. The defense isn’t in much better shape, as Cal’s D is returning just five starters from last season – three of which are in the secondary.
Sportsbook Odds & Computer Pick
Sportsbooks such as Sportsbook had set the Hawaii Warriors as 23-point underdogs on the Sportsbook betting line for this contest. Watch for over-under updates and superior underdogs lines at Sportsbook.
Odds Shark computer score prediction models pick a possible 43-13 win for the Golden Bears on Friday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NCAAF matchups here.
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
The Hawaii Warriors sit at 3-10 (3-10 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the California Golden Bears are currently 8-5 (6-7 ATS). Looking to bet on the totals? Hawaii is 7-6 OU, and California is 5-8 OU. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Hawaii vs California injuries news.
This game matches up the No. 125 (Hawaii Warriors) and the No. 59 (California Golden Bears) teams in the league, according to our current NCAA football Power Rankings at Odds Shark.
The game also pits Hawaii's No. 118-ranked offense, averaging 17.62 PPG, against a California defense that ranks No. 89 this week at 30.69 PPG. The Hawaii aerial game is averaging 192.38 yards per game, less than the California Golden Bears secondary allows through the air, 243.92 YPG per game.
Defensively, the California Golden Bears feature the league's No. 6-rated road run defense, allowing 104 yards per game. Hawaii, meanwhile, ranks No. 71 in rushing offense at home.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
Jared Goff led the way last time out for the Golden Bears, connecting for 467 passing yards and a 55-36 victory over the Falcons at Amon Carter Stadium.
Paul Harris ran through the Louisiana-Monroe defense for 166 yards in Hawaii's last game, handing the Warhawks a 28-26 setback on Saturday at Aloha Stadium.
Next Betting Matchups
California at San Diego State, Saturday, September 10th
Hawaii at Michigan, Saturday, September 3rd