Michigan vs. Hawaii - 9/3/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Hawaii Warriors (0-1) at Michigan Wolverines (0-0)
College Football: Saturday, September 3, 2016 at 12:00 pm (Michigan Stadium)
The Line: Michigan Wolverines -41 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Hawaii Rainbow Warriors and Michigan Wolverines square off Saturday afternoon at Michigan Stadium on ESPN.
The Hawaii Rainbow Warriors have a quick turnaround after losing to Cal Friday night in Australia. Ikaika Woolsey is completing 50 percent of his passes for 231 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Woolsey now has 19 career touchdown passes. Marcus Kemp and John Ursua have combined for 143 receiving yards and one touchdown while Diocemy Saint Juste has two receptions. The Hawaii Rainbow Warriors ground game is averaging 248 yards per contest, and Saint Juste leads the way with 118 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Hawaii is allowing 51 points and 630 yards per game. Jahlani Tavai leads the Rainbow Warriors with 12 tackles, Makani Kema-Kaleiwahea has one sack and Jalen Rogers has one pass deflection.
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The Michigan Wolverines hope to get off to a strong start after being pegged as a national championship contender. John O'Korn takes over at quarterback after throwing 34 touchdowns in two seasons with Houston. Jehu Chesson and Amara Darboh return at wide receiver after combining for more than 1,400 yards and 14 touchdowns while Jake Butt had 51 receptions. The Michigan Wolverines ground game averaged 158 yards per contest last season and De'Veon Smith returns after racking up 753 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, Michigan allowed 16.4 points and 280 yards per game. Jourdan Lewis returns after 52 tackles, Maurice Hurst had three sacks and Jeremy Clark had three interceptions.
The Rainbow Warriors are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games and 1-10 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Wolverines are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games in September and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. MWC.
This is just a brutal spot for Hawaii, as it has to play Michigan right after playing a game in Australia. The Warriors also couldn't stop Cal at all defensively, which is bad news going up against an experienced an explosive unit. Also, unliked the Golden Bears, the Wolverines can play defense with the best of them.
Oh, this is going to get ugly.