Colorado State Hosts Hawaii to Open 2018 Season

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Colorado State and Hawaii Look for Big 2018 Seasons

Hughes Stadium has a Week 1 contest on tap for Saturday as the Hawaii Warriors and the Colorado State Rams play their season openers. The Mountain West Conference will be up for grabs this season. This game may tell a lot about the season.

Oddsmakers opened the Rams as -14-point favorites versus the Warriors, while the game’s total opened at 55.5. Colorado State is now a 17-point favorite. The total is settled at 59.

CBS Sports Network has the coverage with kickoff set for 7:30 pm EST.

The Mountain West opener may come with big bowl ramifications for each team.

Hawaii has a 13-game season with winnable dates against Duquesne and Rice. The Warriors will likely be the underdog in at least nine games after this streak. Hawaii had an ugly 3-9 season the Rainbow Warriors need to start out with something positive tonight.

Unfortunately they need to be able to take down a winnable road game like this. They lost last year 52-21 to the Rams.

Colorado State was able to get off to a hot start in its Week 0 game last season. They beat up and blew out a awful Oregon State team. Little did anyone know what a big deal that would be for the Rams’ bowl hopes. but they only won six games on the year. They needed that win, and will need one tonight.

Colorado State Has to Go Without Head Coach

Colorado State is dealing with something scarier than Hawaii. Head coach Mike Bobo is hospitalized with numbness in his feet. He’s expected to be fine. In the meantime, the Ram coaching staff is trying to figure out its situation in case the head man can’t go.

It is going to be mixed early on for CSU. Star QB Nick Stevens is done. So are three all-conference linemen, and Dallas Cowboy WR Michael Gallup. Chip in leading rusher Dalyn Dawkins and you lose a lot. They were from the Mountain West’s best offense.

WR Preston Williams, Jr. is a Tennessee transfer. He was a superstar recruit and is getting a shot to show what he can do after being suspended. He’s got all the tools to be special player. The kid has 6-4, 210-pound frame and track star speed and athleticism. He tore it up this spring.

With the addition of grad transfer QB KJ Carta-Samuels, and a few interesting new parts starting to rise up, the O should be okay.

New defensive coordinator John Jancek has to figure out the defensive front. He’s got a terrific linebacking stable to work with. There’s  enough talent in the secondary for it not to not be a massive problem.

Safety Jordan Fogal returning is going to be a big help. Corner Anthony Hawkins should be a good one. He has to start producing and quickly.

Hawaii Has to Get Run and Shoot Going Early Tonight

Hawaii has to get the Run and Shoot going quickly. The Rainbow Warriors were trying to throw it last year. This time around they’re going back to the old days. They will attack with an offense that will spread everyone out.

Hawaii will look for the lanes in the running game, and take over games with the quick-hitting controlled passing attack.

The program that would throw the ball around the yard 600 times a season is going back to the past. They still kept winging it after June JOnes, but not in quite the same way.

Defense was always optional, and the running game was occasionally decent. Hawaii football turned into the fun late night snack everyone craved. Just when you thought you didn’t have enough fun, there for you in the wee hours of the morning were 512 passing yards coming your way.

Head coach Nick Rolovich is making the move to what Hawaii football is supposed to be about. The Fun and Gun. It’s not like the run-and-shoot offensive attack ever vanished. It morphed into more of an up-tempo, diverse style.

To work it relied as much on balance at times as it did the big passing game. But a 2,814-yard 2017 passing season with 19 touchdowns? That used to be a good quarter for Timmy Chang.

The pieces may not be in place yet to return to the fun days. One thing is for sure the offense should be more fun to watch this season.

Colorado State Hosts Hawaii to Open 2018 Season 1

Recent Form

NameRecordATSOffenseDefenseDiffATS HomeATS AwayOU RecordOU HomeOU Away
Hawaii3-91-1130.7533.92-3.170-61-55-73-32-4
Colorado State7-64-930.5027.772.731-63-37-65-22-4
Power Stats

Yards Per Point

NameOffenseDefenseDifferential
HAWAII15.6213.522.09
COLOST15.7215.540.18
Yards Per Pass
NameOffenseDefenseDifferential
HAWAII11.7714.00-2.23
COLOST12.7813.41-0.63
Yards Per Rush
NameOffenseDefenseDifferential
HAWAII5.265.250.01
COLOST4.495.13-0.64
Team Records

Hawaii Warriors

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
Overall3-92-41-51-110-61-522.7533.92-11.17
vs Conf1-71-30-40-80-40-418.8833.50-14.62
Last 30-30-20-10-30-20-113.6733.00-19.33

Colorado State Rams

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
Overall7-64-33-34-91-63-333.3827.775.61
vs Conf5-32-23-12-60-42-235.5029.386.12
Last 31-21-20-00-30-30-040.6734.676.00

Supergrid

TitleStatRankStatRank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense22.7510527.7772
Away Team Road Passing vs Home Team Home Passing Defense258.1736278.29116
Away Team Road Rushing vs Home Team Home Rushing Defense185.6740194.71102
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense33.383133.92106
Home Team Home Passing vs Away Team Road Passing Defense322.5713251.0080
Home Team Home Rushing vs Away Team Road Rushing Defense211.5731189.0079

Head To Head Summary

NameRecordATSOUScoreRushYPRPACPPYTYTO +/-
Hawaii0-71-64-016.29130.573.6336.5750.39207.86338.432.57
Colorado State7-06-14-041.43241.865.5323.5764.24213.29455.141.43

Head To Head Detail

DateAwayHomeScoreLineTotalOU ResultARYAPYATYATTHRYHPYHTYHTTAway Team AttemptsHome Team AttemptsAway Team CompletionsHome Team Completions
Oct 1, 2017COLOSTHAWAII51-2125935161001503625121
Nov 8, 2014HAWAIICOLOST22-4914121135232932875801
Oct 26, 2013COLOSTHAWAII35-282311774082323864184
Oct 27, 2012HAWAIICOLOST27-4219320039351761152915
Oct 4, 1997HAWAIICOLOST0-637113120222172074240
Oct 6, 1996COLOSTHAWAII28-1619825245022211453662
Nov 11, 1995HAWAIICOLOST0-221062012613191044230

College Football Betting Odds and Trends

Team Last 5 Games

Hawaii Warriors

DateOpponentscoreResultlineATS Resultoffensive rush yardsoffensive passing yardsoffensive total yardsdefensive rush yardsdefensive passing yardsdefensive total yardsturnoversLocation
Nov 25, 2017BYU20-30L3/47L/O28258286285166451-1H
Nov 18, 2017UTAHST0-38L10/56L/U1721463183111644750A
Nov 11, 2017FRESNO21-31L9.5/52.5L/U1181542721752264010H
Nov 4, 2017UNLV23-31L7/58.5L/U131269400131281412-1A
Oct 28, 2017SD.ST7-28L7/54L/U3516019533483417-1H

Colorado State Rams

DateOpponentscoreResultlineATS Resultoffensive rush yardsoffensive passing yardsoffensive total yardsdefensive rush yardsdefensive passing yardsdefensive total yardsturnoversLocation
Dec 16, 2017MARSHL28-31L-3/58.5L/O70320390239262501-2H
Nov 18, 2017SJ.ST42-14W-32.5/67.5L/U3013056061312083390H
Nov 11, 2017BOISE52-59L6.5/59L/O2613095703103316410H
Nov 4, 2017WYO13-16L-4/47.5L/U235110345156138294-1A
Oct 28, 2017AIRFOR28-45L-9.5/68.5L/O166269435413644772H

Next up:
Hawaii home to Navy Saturday, September 1
Colorado State home to Colorado Friday, August 31

 

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Colorado State Hosts Hawaii to Open 2018 Season 1