Hawaii vs. Massachusetts Fearless Prediction & Game Preview
Check out the Hawaii vs. Massachusetts fearless prediction, thoughts, and game preview.
Hawaii (0-0) vs. Massachusetts (0-0) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, August 26th
Game Time: 6:00 pm ET
Venue: Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium, Amherst, MA
Network: Eleven Sports Network/Spectrum
After the two played a wild and crazy thriller to close out the 2016 regular season – the Rainbow Warriors won a 46-40 thriller – now Hawaii plays the furthest east game in its history.
This is one of those if-Hawaii-is-any-good-it-wins type of openers, but that’s hardly a given against a UMass team that desperately needs something positive at home to help kickstart the program that hasn’t had a lot to get excited about.
While three of Hawaii’s first four games are on the road, three of the next four UMass games are on the road. Of the ten wins over FBS teams UMass has accumulated since moving up in 2012, just three came on the road, and none of the ten came against a team that went bowling.
One Reason Why Hawaii Will Win
The Hawaii defense is hardly going to be a brick wall, but it’ll look like it at times against a mediocre – to be kind – Minutemen offensive front.
UMass has the skill players, but can the O blast away if needed? Can it protect the quarterback in key spots? If the Rainbow Warriors can get the pass rush going, the Minutemen will shut down.
On the other side of the ball, UMass is coming off a season with just four interceptions, getting ripped up by anyone who could throw, but …
One Reason Why Massachusetts Will Win
Ten starters are back on a defense that was awful, but at least it’s experienced. The key, though, is the offense that – shaky line or not – should be able to keep up the pace.
Adam Breneman could be the nation’s best tight end, while Andy Isabella is a dangerous target who can stretch the field – they’ll each go off. Hawaii’s defense has upside, and the secondary is okay, but it’s not fantastic. To belabor the point, after allowing 45 sacks last season, just block a little bit, UMass. Do that, come up with 300 passing yards.
What’s Going To Happen
Hawaii catches a huge break when it comes to the game time. In a perfect world for UMass, the game would start really, really early. Instead, the 6:00 pm ET start won’t matter much for the Rainbow Warrior’s internal clock.
Yeah, go ahead and expect another big shootout like last year’s firefight when the two combined for over 650 passing yards. The Minutemen passing game will go off, but it’ll be the kicking game that’s the difference.
Would this be the biggest win since UMass moved up into the FBS world? Yup, and it’s going to get it with a terrific, efficient offensive performance in the second half.
Hawaii vs. Massachusetts Prediction
Final Score: Massachusetts 37, Hawaii 34
Line: Hawaii -1, o/u: 64.5
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