Navy vs. Hawaii fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, September 1
Game Time: 11:00 pm ET
Venue: Aloha Stadium, HI
Network: CBS Sports Network
Navy (0-0) vs. Hawaii (1-0) Game Preview
The Rainbow Warriors might have had to hold on for dear life, but they couldn’t have been happier with the way the season opened up.
Not only did they win their season opener, but they did it with a big Mountain West win over Colorado State on the road. And best of all, they got the offense moving like Hawaii fans have been waiting for.
But now the defense has to prove it can hold up against the Navy running game that got a little extra time to prepare.
With Tropical Storm Lane finally starting to subside a bit, the weather might not be quite the issue it would’ve been had this been played last week. But it’s still expected to rain, and it’s still the big story in the area.
At least the football program has provided something positive.
One Reason Why Navy Will Win
Keep … the Rainbow Warrior offense … off the field.
The Hawaii run-and-shoot style didn’t do much on third downs against Colorado State, but it held the ball for almost 35 minutes. It’s got the firepower to throw its way back into any game, but Navy’s specialty is to hold the ball and take opposing offenses out of their respective games.
Colorado State had to rally late to make it close – ultimately losing the battle – but its offense was able to move the chains without a problem, converting 10-of-16 third downs. The Navy running game should create several easy third down tries, and it’ll convert more than its share.
One Reason Why Hawaii Will Win
Cole McDonald has turned into the new star of the show.
There was a wee bit of a question mark for the Hawaii starting job, and McDonald showed that head coach Nick Rolovich made the right choice, hitting 26-of-37 passes for 418 yards and three scores, and taking off when needed with 96 rushing yards and two scores.
For the first game of the year, the offense was finely tuned, with Cedric Byrd catching 11 passes for 181 yards and a score, and John Ursua making seven grabs for 123 yards and two touchdowns.
The O has the pop, and just like Navy has to control the game on the ground, Hawaii has to control it through the air.
What’s Going To Happen
The Navy offense will rumble for over 300 yards, have the ball for 40 minutes, and will do just enough to overcome another brilliant day from McDonald.
It’ll be a fun, wild shootout with both attacks working, coming down to the team that has the ball last. It’ll be the Midshipmen who’ll grind out the clock late to survive.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Navy 38, Hawaii 34
Line: Navy -10, o/u: 62
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3
Must See Rating: 3.5
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