Remember the days when the Hawaii offenses competed year in and year out with the Mike Leach cartoon offense at Texas Tech for the total yardage lead in college football betting? It doesn’t seem like that all that long ago but those days is long gone. Gone is former head coach June Jones and his run shoot mentality and also gone is former Heisman contender and NCAA football betting record smasher, QB Colt McCoy (Leach is also gone but he’s got very little to with the game that’s about to go down).
Last season, the first after Jones departure to coach on the mainland at SMU, the team struggled. The Rainbow Warriors failed to finish above .500 ending the season with a 6-7 record (3-5 in the WAC action).
On September 2nd this team will be put to the test as it hosts the USC Trojans at home in the college football betting season opener for both teams. USC is no longer the dynasty it once was when it was producing a Heisman Trophy and a National Title every other year; and it’s also been banned from bowl games as punishment for its former players’ action. Nonetheless, this is still a very good team and it should be better than its 9-4 record of last year.
Hawaii’s offense is still potent, at least against WAC competition, and it might be able to test the Trojans defense –at least for the first half. But in the end the Trojans defense is loaded with world-class athletes and it’s hard to believe that Hawaii QB Bryan Moniz will be able to hold these animals at bay.
Hawaii has several good skill position players, including star WR Rodney Bradley, but USC’s defense is simply too talented to allow many scores and the Trojan offense led by sophomore QB Matt Barkley should be able to score at will against Hawaii’s mediocre defense.
Kickoff for this Thursday matchup is set for 11:05 Eastern Time and sbg sportsbook opened with the Trojans as a 21-point favorite with a sports betting over/under total at 53.5. And barring an act of God or nature the Rainbows seem all but guaranteed to start the season at 0-1.