Hawaii Rainbow Warriors vs. Colorado State Rams (Week 1 Preview)Posted by: Charlie Smith
The 2018 college football betting season is but a couple months away. To help the time pass, we’re taking an early look at some of the first matchups of the betting season. As usual, the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors vs. Colorado State Rams will be one of the first pairings of the year. What kind of turnout are the teaser sports betting odds predicting at the current moment?
Hawaii Rainbow Warriors vs. Colorado State Rams – Sat., August 25th
When: 7:30 pm ET
Where: Canvas Stadium, CSU, Fort Collins, Colorado
Stream: CBS Sports, Watch ESPN
College Football Betting Odds:
Hawaii Rainbow Warriors
The Hawaii Rainbow Warriors are coming off a 3-9 season that saw the club post a 1-7 record in Mountain West Conference play. Naturally, Hawaii had a tough time measuring up in the division and ended up ranked 5th in the West Division. Heading into this year’s season, the Rainbow Warriors are hopeful they can turn in a winning season. Most of Hawaii’s problems last season stemmed from their defense, which struggled to get their opponents off the field. This is evident when contrasting their averages on both sides of the ball. Ultimately the Rainbow Warriors gave up an average of 33.92 points on defense while their offense would only put up 22.75. This has undeniably led the college football betting odds to peg Hawaii as the underdog in this matchup.
Players to Watch: Dru Brown (2,785 passing yards, 18 TD, 8 INT), Diocemy Saint Juste (1,510 rushing yards, 7 TD, 5.4 avg), and John Ursua (667 receiving yards, 47 REC, 5 TD).
Colorado State Rams
The Colorado State Rams are also coming off a disappointing season, albeit a 5-7 one. In the addition, the Rams posted a 2-7 record in Pac-12. This undoubtedly led to a pitiful last place ranking in the South Division of the conference. Heading into this year’s season, the Rams will be looking for a new quarterback. On the other hand, the State Rams are hopeful that Matthews can develop into their star running back.
Players to Watch: Izzy Matthews (583 rushing yards, 8 TD, 4.8 avg), Olabisi Johnson (476 receiving yards, 2 TD, 35 REC), and Rashaad Boddie (254 rushing yards, 4 TD, 5.8 avg).
Hawaii Rainbow Warriors vs. Colorado State Rams Betting Predictions
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So which side should sportsbook bettors take in this Hawaii Rainbow Warriors vs. Colorado State Rams contest? With this game being the 1st of the season, it will be tough to predict exactly how it will turn out. But with Hawaii’s biggest contributors returning, it makes sense that they’ll find better results out of the gate. And since they’re pegged as the underdog, this is quite a lucrative option for Week 1. Sign up today to make your NCAA football betting prediction!
Score Prediction: 14-10 Hawaii.