Free Week 1 Prediction: Rainbow Warriors vs Rams Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 1
(0-0) Hawaii Rainbow Warriors vs. Colorado State Rams (0-0)
Date: Saturday, August 25
Time: 7:30 pm EST
Venue: CSU Stadium, Fort Collins, Colorado
NCAA Football Spread: Rams -14
NCAA Betting Total: 55½
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College Football is nearly back, and for those of you itching for the 2018 season to begin, look no further than the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors vs. the Colorado State Rams.
On the surface, this contest—especially being played on August 25—may not feel like it moves the needle. But believe it or not, there are late-season ramifications on the line in Week 1 of the season for these two teams.
Hawaii Rainbow Warriors
Hawaii is going to look to get back to the Rainbow Warriors that we all knew and loved of the not-so-distant past. They’re going to air it out, and they’re going to do it early and often.
As fun as that can be to watch from a fan’s perspective, it comes with a ton of risk when done at anything other than an elite level. But if you’re a Hawaii fanatic, there’s good news here.
This is exactly the right attack to deploy against Colorado State.
The Rams were just 96th in the country last season in passing yards per game allowed.
That number is only 10 ranking spots beneath their rushing yards per game placement, but it was the big plays they allowed through the air that makes the difference—and more specifically, it’s what the Rainbow Warriors will look to take full advantage of.
Colorado State Rams
Colorado’s defensive strengths might be at the linebacker position. That’s more of an indictment against the defense at large than a testament to how good the linebacking corps will be, but it’s still worth nothing as a potential bright spot this season.
As far as this contest goes, that bright spot is particularly bright because Hawaii’s air attack is inexperienced. If they plan on throwing up the middle, that’ll be right at Colorado State’s strengths.
The bigger thing here, though, is that the Rams should be able to break Hawaii’s offensive line should they blitz up the middle.
That could be the key to success here, especially if it limits the Rainbow Warriors’ big-play potential by limiting their free time in the pocket.
Free NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- HAW are 16-33-2 ATS in their last 51 games overall.
- Over is 6-2 in CSU last 8 games as a home favorite.
- Over is 7-3 in CSU last 10 games on fieldturf.
Free Week 1 NCAA Football Pick
Chances are, this game is going to be ugly from a pure football standpoint. There’s the Week 1 factor, yes—but there’s also the fact that both teams are relatively inexperienced and will need time to develop chemistry.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: OVER 55½
The fun part about an ugly game? It can result is spontaneous big plays and a closer contest than some might expect.
Give this one to Colorado State if it can put pressure on the quarterback, but don’t expect it to be a blowout by any means.
Week 1 Free Score Prediction: Colorado State 40 – Hawaii 35
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