Oregon State vs. Hawaii fearless prediction and game preview.
Oregon State vs. Hawaii Broadcast
Date: Saturday, September 7
Game Time: 12:00 am ET
Venue: Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI
Oregon State (1-0) vs. Hawaii (0-1) Game Preview
Why Oregon State Will Win
The Oregon State offense worked.
Oklahoma State might have ripped apart the Beavers, but the Pac-12’s OSU was able to keep pushing with a decent day from Jake Luton and the passing attack, and just enough from the running game to think there could be more as the season goes on.
Oregon State’s problem was that it’s not Oklahoma State.
Yes, Hawaii might have the high-powered passing game that destroyed Arizona, but Oregon State’s issue against the Cowboys was against the ground game, allowing 352 yards. That’s not Hawaii – it’s not going to come up with the big yards with the running game.
Arizona was never able to settle the game down with its running attack, but Oregon State can give it a shot against the softer-than-it-played Rainbow Warrior defense. The combination of Jermar Jefferson and Artavis Pierce should be able to pound out at least 200 yards, but …
Why Hawaii Will Win
Oklahoma State’s quarterback hit 19-of-24 passes in the win over the Cowboys, partly because he was sharp, partly because the receivers were great, and partly because there was little to no pressure on him.
Arizona was able to get to him just enough to force four picks, but it also gave up 378 yards and four scoring passes. McDonald will get the start, but the team has Chevan Cordeiro at the ready – there will be a quick hook if the mistakes start coming.
The biggest key will be the time of possession. Oregon State needs to at least maintain some semblance of control, but Hawaii is amazing when it comes to ball control – it held the ball for almost 38 minutes against the Wildcats.
What’s Going To Happen
There’s a whole lot of bad blood between the two programs – Hawaii head coach Nick Rolovich didn’t like that Oregon State tried to recruit his players to come to Corvallis. That’s not going to matter all that much to the guys on the field.
Hawaii might have the offense to light up the Oregon State defense, but watch out for the Beavers to come strong with its running game to take over in key parts. The Rainbow Warriors won’t make the mistakes they did against Arizona, but they won’t have the ball as long.
It’ll be a fun and wild game with lots of momentum swings and a second straight Pac-12 win for Hawaii – but it’ll be really, really close. Again.
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Oregon State at Hawaii Prediction, Line
Hawaii 44, Oregon State 40
Line: Hawaii -5.5, o/u: 78.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2
Must See Rating: 3
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