Hawaii vs. Colorado State fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, August 25th
Game Time: 7:30 pm ET
Venue: CSU Stadium, Fort Collins, CO
Network: CBS Sports Network
Hawaii (0-0) vs. Colorado State (0-0) Game Preview
It’s the first FBS on FBS action of the 2018 college football season, and it’s also the Mountain West opener with big bowl ramifications for each team.
Oh yes, it’s August, and yes, it’s okay to think about games that could potentially matter in the bowl picture.
Hawaii has a 13-game season with winnable dates against Duquesne and Rice along the way, but it’ll likely be the underdog in at least nine games after this. After an ugly 3-9 season – including a 51-21 loss to the Rams – the Rainbow Warriors need to start out with something positive. They need to be able to take down a winnable road game like this.
Colorado State was able to get off to a hot start in its Week 0 game last season, beating up and blowing out a miserable Oregon State team. At the time, little did anyone know or think about what a big deal that would be for the Rams’ bowl hopes, but they only won six games on the year. They needed that win,
They’re probably going to need this one, too, to get bowling again.
One Reason Why Hawaii Will Win
Let’s get that run-n-shoot going right away.
The Rainbow Warriors were trying to throw it last year, too, but this time around, they’re going back to the old days, with an offense that will spread everyone out, look for the lanes in the running game, and take over games with the quick-hitting controlled passing attack.
In other words, all the things the Colorado State defense couldn’t stop last year.
The Rams secondary has some nice returning parts, but the pass defense was a bad part of the puzzle last season, and it’s going to be an issue early on under new defensive coordinator John Jancek.
Colorado State, though, is dealing with something scarier than Hawaii, with head coach Mike Bobo being hospitalized with numbness in his feet. He’s expected to be fine, but in the meantime, the Ram coaching staff is trying to figure out its situation in case the head man can’t go.
There might not be too many veteran pieces returning to the Hawaii offensive puzzle – QB Dru Brown transferred to Oklahoma State, and WR Dylan Collie bolted for BYU – star receiver John Ursua is expected back from a knee injury, and there’s more speed now overall than last year’s O. But …
One Reason Why Colorado State Will Win
There’s a whole lot of inexperience happening on that Hawaii offense.
The precision and the timing of the run-n-shoot can’t be perfected in a hurry, but with so many new parts and so many jobs that will still be up in the air after the opener, the Rainbow Warrior attack should be a bit off-kilter at times. The biggest issue? The offensive line will need time to gel with too many new parts. Uh oh.
Colorado State’s defense won’t be a rock, but the linebacking corps has the talent and the strength to be the team’s best position. Overall, the takeaways from last year’s group should continue against a Hawaii with so many big question marks. However …
What’s Going To Happen
Colorado State’s offense loses a ton of key parts, too, making this a tough opener for both teams – it’s going to be a bit ragged.
But both sides are going to throw a whole lot, neither side will play much defense, and it’ll be a shootout until the Colorado State offense starts to take over in the second half.
It’ll take a while for the Rams to adjust to the run-n-shoot attack, but they will. Hawaii’s defense won’t generate a pass rush as they get ripped apart as the game goes on. The UH O will bog down at the wrong times late.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Colorado State 48, Hawaii 31
Line: Colorado State -14, o/u: 58.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3.5
Must See Rating: 2
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