Hawaii 2018 Betting Preview: New Identity Will Help it Reach Win Total
Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Hawaii Rainbow Warriors quarterback Dru Brown
Hawaii 2018 Betting Odds
- To win the Mountain West: +25000
- To win the West Division: +4400
- Win Total: 3.5 (over -110, under -120)
All lines as of Aug. 17. Always shop for the best line.
Hawaii 2018 Schedule, Betting Odds
The Action Network Projected Wins: 4.4
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Hawaii Over 3.5 Wins (-110)
Nick Rolovich enters his third year with Hawaii, and the team is still struggling to find its identity under the 39 year old. This season, Hawaii will implement a run-and-shoot offense that was made famous by former head coach June Jones.
To help his team grasp the new offense, Rolovich brought in former Rainbow Warrior Heisman finalist Colt Brennan to meet with the current players. The problem is that two-year starting QB Dru Brown transferred to Oklahoma State, so it’s unclear who will be under center. Brennan is out of eligibility, sadly.
Hawaii ranks 94th in returning production on offense and will lack depth on the offensive line and at many skill positions. But the scheme change should give Hawaii some identity and win it a few games.
The opposite applies on defense, with the Warriors ranking 35th in returning production. New defensive coordinator Corey Batoon (formerly the co-DC at Florida Atlantic) has his work cut out with this group, as the 2017 Hawaii defense had an S&P+ ranking of 124th.
Hawaii is every college football bettor’s blackout chaser — offering people one last chance to win back everything they lost during the day on Saturday nights. Thankfully, the Rainbow Warriors have seven home games this year (including a late home game against Wyoming on Oct. 6, the same night as the Conor McGregor fight).
And this season, we will be rooting for the Warriors in these late games, as I like them to go over 3.5 wins (-110). The win total likely will be decided in Hawaii’s game against UNLV, which is a great spot for the Warriors.
UNLV will be on back-to-back travel, while Hawaii comes off a nice November bye week. Hawaii’s front seven did very well against UNLV last year, limiting a talented rushing attack to 3.1 yards per carry.
What else you need to know about Hawaii
Since Rolovich came to the island, Hawaii is 1-9-1 ATS at home. Hawaii will open its season by hosting Navy on Sept. 1, when quarterback Malcolm Perry comes to town. The Midshipmen are 17-point favorites.