The Rainbow Warriors and Bears kick off the 2016 college football season in Sydney, Australia. Check out the Hawaii vs. California fearless prediction and preview.
Hawaii vs. California Game Preview
Date: Friday, August 26
Game Time: 10:00 pm ET
Venue: ANZ Stadium, Sydney, NSW
Why California Will Win
New starting quarterback Davis Webb should have about 19 days to throw.
The new Hawaii coaching staff is switching up defensive styles a bit to go with more of an attacking scheme – but all new coaches try to do that. The problem is that they don’t quite have the personnel to do much about it.
The front line doesn’t have enough difference-makers or pass rushers to keep Webb from bombing away at will. Expect the Bears to come up with at least 400 yards through the air right out of the gate, if for no other reason than to show there’s life after Jared Goff.
Why Hawaii Will Win
Time of possession never seems to matter to a Sonny Dykes offense, but Hawaii might have the potential to control the clock and the game a little bit by running effectively.
When this whole new era of head coach Nick Rolovich football works, it’ll be with a high-end passing attack that’s not going to be there right away. Ikaika Woolsey is more of a baller than a bomber, but he should be able to move the chains a bit with his legs.
To help settle things down and keep the defense off the field, the Warriors will try to rely on their solid stable of veteran backs working behind an experienced line. The Cal defensive front is fine, but it’s being reworked and it’s hardly anything special.
Okay, okay, okay, so Rolovich is going to come out winging it, but if and when that doesn’t work, the Warriors can control the game by getting physical.
What’s Going To Happen?
Welcome to the new world of Davis Webb. Hawaii will have its moments on offense when it makes something splashy happen, and it has too many veterans to go completely into the tank, but the defense won’t have any answers for the high-octane Bears once the machine gets rolling. The Aussies will have some fun with this one with the two teams combining for 1,000 yards of offense. Cal will have more.
California vs. Hawaii Prediction
Final Score: California 45, Hawaii 20
Line: California -20.5
ATS Confidence: 5: Lock of the Century – 1: Move Along … 3
Must See Rating: 5: Any Ryan Lochte interview – 1: Bridget Jones’s Baby … 2.5