The Warriors will look to cover the college football betting lines as insane three-touchdown underdogs after winning just three games a year ago. Let’s find out if Hawaii can cover – or better yet – pull off the outright upset over a Bears team that needs to replace quarterback Jared Goff, the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.
2016 Week 1 Expert Picks For Hawaii Warriors vs California Golden BearsWhen: Friday, Aug. 26, 2016
Where: ANZ Stadium, Sydney, NSW
Time: 10:00 PM ET
NCAAF Odds: Cal -21.5
Why Bet the Hawaii Warriors at +21.5Hawaii is a good bet because they’re getting three touchdowns as a neutral site underdog. The Hawaii Warriors (3-10 SU, 3-10 ATS) never won more than four games under former head coach Norm Chow in four seasons and will turn to former quarterback Nick Rolovich to right a ship gone horribly off course in recent seasons.
The Dubs have question marks a quarterback where incumbent starter Ikaika Woolsey will battle it out against redshirt freshman Aaron Zwahlen. Senior running back Paul Harris will look to build on his 1,000-yard campaign from last season and Hawaii has its nearly full complement of receivers returning, not to mention four starters on the offensive line.
Defensively, Hawaii also has some serious question marks and a lack of experience on all three units that could really hurt them after ranking 105th nationally in points allowed (35.6 ppg).
Why Bet the California Golden Bears at -21.5The Bears are a good bet because they’re superior to Hawaii in every way possible! Head coach Sony Dykes needs to find a new starting quarterback to replace Jared Goff, but the Golden Bears (8-5 SU, 6-7 ATS) undeniably have plenty of talent on the roster.
Texas Tech transfer Davis Webb is the presumed starter at this point, but no matter who starts under center for Cal, they’ll have an experienced offensive line to work behind with four returning starters. The Bears also have three running backs that all rushed for at least 500 yards a year ago, but the wide receiving unit needs to be rebuilt after losing six receivers tat combined for a whopping 265 catches for 3,878yards and 38 touchdowns in 2015.
Defensively, Cal lost its best player when linebacker Hardy Nickerson Jr. transferred to Illinois to play for his dad. The defensive line looks solid with two players that could turn into future NFL performers, but the secondary is weak, particularly at cornerback opposite returning starter Darius Allensworth.