Arizona vs Hawaii 2019 NCAA Football Week 1 Odds & Prediction

Posted by Derrick Harper on August 21, 2019 in

Most people view Hawaii as one of their top vacation destinations. On Saturday night, a trip to Aloha Stadium in Hawaii won’t be a vacation for the Arizona Wildcats, as the Pac 12 member will face the Hawaii Rainbows in both teams season opener.Most people view Hawaii as one of their top vacation destinations. On Saturday night, a trip to Aloha Stadium in Hawaii won’t be a vacation for the Arizona Wildcats, as the Pac 12 member will face the Hawaii Rainbows in both teams season opener.

Arizona is in the second year of the Kevin Sumlin era. The first season didn’t go as planned, as Sumlin’s Wildcats finished with a 5-7 record. Sumlin had inherited 14 returning starters from the 2017 season. Let’s take a look at the latest NCAAF Odds while making some predictions.

Arizona vs Hawaii 2019 NCAA Football Week 1 Odds & Prediction

New Start for Wildcats

2019 is a new season for Arizona, and they have high expectations. 15 starters return from last year’s team. Heisman trophy candidate Khalil Tate will lead the offense. Tate, who had an injury plagued 2018 season, hopes to return to his 2017 form and put up huge numbers in Kevin Sumlin’s offense. Last season, he threw for over 2500 yards with 26 touchdowns. He also rushed for 224 yards. This season, look for Tate to run the ball more, much like he did in 2017.

Tate will need help, and Arizona has some weapons. Running back JJ Taylor had nearly 1500 rushing yards last season. They return much of their offensive line from last season, so we should see a high powered running attack from the Wildcats. Arizona will need to find some help at the wide receiver position, as last year’s top four receivers are gone.

Defensively, Arizona really struggled last season. They allowed nearly 35 points per game last season. If they want to be successful this season, the defense will have to step up. The eight returning starters will be led by linebacker Colin Schooler.

Home Team Ready for Battle in Arizona vs Hawaii

As for Hawaii, they are coming off of an 8-6 campaign in 2018. Although they lost to Louisiana Tech in the Hawaii Bowl, the 2018 season was considered a success. The Hawaii offense will be led by quarterback Cole McDonald. The Rainbow Warriors will also have a strong group of receivers to help McDonald.

Hawaii also returns it’s top three rushers from 2018. This should be one of the top offenses in the Mountain West conference.  Much like Arizona, Hawaii struggled on defense last season. Their defense gave up just over 35 points per game last season. This year’s defense, which returns 9 starters from last season, hopes to be a much better unit in 2019.

Their main weakness last season was their rushing defense. They gave up over 200 yards rushing per game. If their defensive line play doesn’t improve, the offense will have to put up a ton of points to make up for the defensive deficiencies. A strong point of the Hawaii defense is it’s secondary. They gave up over 230 passing yards per game in 2018. With much of last year’s starting unit returning, they’re looking to cut the yardage down, and make some big plays.

Offense Galore in Arizona vs Hawaii

This will be a fun game to watch, as this game promises to put up some big offensive numbers. Khalil Tate is one of the most athletic players in the country, and if Kevin Sumlin turns him loose, we could see some huge numbers from him and the Wildcat offense. Hawaii will also be able to put up some points. This game should be a shootout, and we could very well see over 80 points put up. If you can stay up late to watch Arizona vs Hawaii, it should be a treat!