Free Week 1 Prediction: Golden Bears vs Warriors Odds
Week 1 College football betting sees the California Golden Bears taking on the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors Friday August 26th at ANZ Stadium, Sydney. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all NCAA football season long so stay tuned for more FREE college football predictions.
(0-0) California Golden Bears vs. Hawaii Rainbow Warriors (0-0)
Date: Friday, August 26th
Time: 10:00 PM
Venue: ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia (Cap. 83,000)
NCAA Football Spread: California -20
NCAA Betting Total: 63
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The College Football season is back.
The season opens play early here in 2016 with California and Hawaii showing off their talents in Sydney.
The game will feature a lot of new faces for both sides, which includes both coaches and players.
The offseason was quite a busy one for the Rainbow Warriors.
It started with hiring a new head coach in Nick Rolovich.
He didn’t waste anytime when it came to announcing some of his coaching staff. Rolovich kept former interim head coach Chris Naeole and interim defensive coordinator Abe Elimimian on his staff.
With a new defensive coordinator in for them, the scheme defensively will certainly be a change. Hawaii will use a more attacking style, to try and get as much pressure as possible in the backfield.
However, going up against a team like California in their first game of the season, may not make breaking in the new scheme easy. Hawaii lacks a solid front and has a lot of inexperienced players that will have to find their groove.
Offensively, the Rainbow Warriors will turn to Ikaika Woolsey. The QB battle lasted throughout the spring and even into the Summer, before Woolsey won the job over.
Woolsey started 5 games last season and finished with 908 yards on 73 of 149 passing. Woolsey was a struggle however when it came to turning the ball over. With just 5 touchdowns to his credit, he added 6 interceptions.
He does have the ability to scramble, which will cause some fits for Cal here. However, expect new head coach Nick Rolovich to really play a one dimensional game here and try to control the clock. At least early in the contest that is.
California Golden Bears
California will begin a new era with their program here on Friday night.
After seeing former QB Jared Goff break record after record, he has moved onto the NFL and will now hand the ball over to Davis Webb. The transfer from Texas Tech fits right in with the style of offense Cal plays, as they, like Texas Tech, like to throw the ball all over the place.
In his collegiate career, Davis Webb has thrown for 5557 yards and 46 touchdowns. His 22 career interceptions are a lot, but with the way the Tech offense heaved the ball, Webb was bound to make some mistakes.
The Golden Bears won’t try to ease him in either. California’s offense was one of the top in the nation last year with Goff and taking chances down field are nothing new to them.
Hawaii allowed 448.8 yards per game last season and 35.6 points per game. With a defense that is still extremely weak, look for Webb to really have his way early with the secondary and take his chances.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Golden Bears are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games in August.
- Golden Bears are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games.
- Golden Bears are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
- Rainbow Warriors are 9-4-1 ATS in their last 14 games on grass.
- Rainbow Warriors are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games.
- Rainbow Warriors are 1-10 ATS in their last 11 games overall.
Free Week 1 NCAA Football Prediction
This is going to be extremely entertaining for the Australian fans.
Both offenses could put up a lot of points. Expect California to really have their way and hit many passes deep down field.
Hawaii may be tentative, but eventually they will have to open the playbook up and take chances. The California defense struggled at times last season. Hawaii certainly knows this has the ability to turn into a shootout.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Hawaii +20; Over 63
Hawaii is going to find some success offensively and have their moments.
The neutral site doesn’t really do much for either team, but with some nerves and adjusting for Webb, Hawaii should be able to keep this one close.
Week 1 Free Score Prediction: California 40 – Hawaii 33
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