Breaking Down the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors Win Total
2020 College Football Season
Hawaii Rainbow Warriors: 6 Wins -- Title Odds: 500/1 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Hawaii Rainbow Warriors are projected to spend the 2020 college football season in the mix for a bowl berth.
All things considered, Hawaii had a pretty good football season in 2019. The Rainbow Warriors finished 10-5 overall and made the Mountain West Championship Game, where they lost to Boise State 31-10. Hawaii got a victory 38-34 over BYU in the Hawaii Bowl to close out the season on a high note, however. In 2020, the Warriors will attempt to replicate that success and get another bowl game victory. Check back all season long for free college football picks and college football predictions at Sports Chat Place.
Let’s take a closer look at Hawaii’s current status and break down their chances at hitting seven wins this year.
Hawaii had to share a division championship with San Diego State last year, but got the last laugh with a 14-11 head-to-head victory on November 23 that sent the Warriors to the conference championship game. The West was pretty top-heavy last year, and with their first 10-win season since 2010, Hawaii represented the third-best record in a conference featuring two nationally-ranked teams. Not too shabby.
In any case, Hawaii will look quite different in 2020. Mountain West Coach of the Year Nick Rolovich (who resigned abruptly on January 13 to take the head job at Washington State) and his staff have moved on, so Todd Graham will now coach the Warriors. Graham brings along OCs GJ Kinne and Tony Hull, and Victor Santa Cruz will fill the defensive coordinator duties along with Jacob Yoro. Needless to say, it’s a somewhat unexpected new era for Hawaii football.
Looking at the schedule, Hawaii has a couple of big matchups right out of the gate with a road game at Arizona and a home game against UCLA. There’s an Oregon trip right before the open week, and a lot of intimidating matchups beyond. The Warriors will have to contend with Nevada, Air Force, Boise State, Fresno State and San Diego State later in the season, all of whom should have pretty stout teams in 2020. Hawaii is going to have to figure out their new team identity quickly to avoid getting swallowed.
Pick: I’m staying under. The number here seems right on so this one is tough, but the offseason coaching shakeup has left Hawaii in a pretty precarious position. Are there seven potential wins on the schedule? Yes, but the Warriors will have to take out at least a couple of pretty darn good teams to get there, and I don’t know that Hawaii will be able to gather much of a rhythm behind a new coaching staff and a strange offseason. This is probably a rebuilding year best suited to gauge the new coaching staff and the Warriors’ future potential.
2020 Hawaii Rainbow Warriors Football Schedule
Day, Date Opponent
Saturday, August 29 at Arizona
Saturday, September 5 UCLA
Saturday, September 12 Fordham
Saturday, September 19 at Oregon
Saturday, September 26 OPEN
Saturday, October 3 Nevada
Saturday, October 10 New Mexico State
Saturday, October 17 at Air Force
Saturday, October 24 Boise State
Saturday, October 31 at Fresno State
Saturday, November 7 New Mexico
Saturday, November 14 UNLV
Saturday, November 21 at San Jose State
Saturday, November 28 at San Diego State
Saturday, December 5 MWC Championship