The Hawaii Warriors host the Arizona Wildcats in the first College Football Season game for both squads on Thursday, August 24. Kickoff is scheduled for 10:30 pm ET at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, HI.
Analyzing The Arizona Wildcats vs. Hawaii Warriors Week 1 Betting Lines
The college football Week 1 betting line favors Arizona by 11-points against the spread. If you are betting on the underdog Warriors, Hawaii pays out +320. The total in the game is 70 ½ for over/under bets. You can watch the game on CBSSN and stream it here.
Is Arizona -11 the smart bet?
The Arizona Wildcats could have an outstanding offense. The offensive line lacks depth, but it’s got an excellent player in Donovan Laie. Laie will open holes for J.J. Taylor. Taylor rushed for 1,434 yards. Wide receiver Cedric Peterson has a lot of experience.
Not only that, but quarterback Kahlil Tate now has a season under his belt with offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone. Heading into 2018, Tate was a Heisman Trophy dark horse. Tate should have no trouble moving the football against Hawaii.
Will the Hawaii Warriors payout at +320?
Arizona’s offense will be good in 2019. Hawaii’s might be spectacular. First, all 5 offensive linemen return. The offensive line might be the best predictor of a college football team’s success. Second, quarterback Cole McDonald returns to play behind the big, experienced, offensive line. McDonald threw for 3,875 yards and 36 touchdowns. He only tossed 10 interceptions. Hawaii can more than hold its own on the scoreboard in this game.
Arizona vs. Hawaii ATS, Moneyline, Over/Under Betting Analysis
Not only do the Hawaii Warriors return all 5 starters along the offensive line and a very good quarterback, but they also return 9 defensive starters. Those 9 defensive starters could really frustrate Tate, who has had trouble making the right decisions on the field.
The most important battle of this game isn’t Hawaii’s defense versus Arizona’s offense, though. The most important battle is Hawaii’s offense versus the Wildcats’ defense.
Zona had an awful defense in 2018. It allowed 32.6 points per from an average of 432 total yards each game. BYU beat Arizona 28-21 in Week 1. Houston beat Arizona 45-18 in Week 2.
Even Southern Utah in Arizona’s third game of the season scored 31 against Zona’s defense. The Wildcats are going to have a lot of trouble stopping an offense that averaged 420 yards and close to 31 points per. Hawaii not only will cover in this game, but they’re also going to upset UofA on the moneyline.