Hawaii Rainbow Warriors (0-0) at Fresno State Bulldogs (0-0)
College Football: Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 1:30 pm (Bulldog Stadium)
The Line: Fresno State Bulldogs -6 -- Over/Under: 65.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Hawaii Rainbow Warriors and the Fresno State Bulldogs meet Saturday in Mountain West Conference college football action from Bulldog Stadium.
This will be the first game of the 2020 college football season for both Hawaii and Fresno State. The Warriors went 10-5 overall last year, winning their final game in the Hawaii Bowl over BYU 38-34. As for the Bulldogs, they had a disappointing 2019 campaign, finishing 4-8 with a 2-6 mark in the Mountain West Conference. Check back all season long for free college football picks at Sports Chat Place.
Hawaii had a pretty solid season overall in 2019, aside from a couple of missteps. The Warriors managed to win the West Division of the Mountain West Conference courtesy of a head-to-head win over San Diego State, but fell in the title game 31-10 to a great Boise State team.
Heading into the 2020 season, Hawaii will have a new look across the board on the coaching staff. First-year head coach Todd Graham will install a new philosophy, and he’ll be joined by first-year men GJ Kinne and Tony Hull as co-offensive coordinators. On the other side it’s first-year DC Victor Santa Cruz along with Jacob Yoro.
Over on the Fresno State side, there aren’t a lot of positives to take from the 2019 campaign. The Bulldogs finished in last place in the West Division with a 2-6 conference record and were just 4-8 overall. It was quite a step back after a 12-2 mark overall and a 7-1 record in the conference in the 2018 season.
Fresno State has made some changes on the coaching staff this season as well. Kalen DeBoer is in his first year as head coach and third overall season with the team. Ryan Grubb returns for his second year as offensive coordinator, and William Inge steps in for his first year as defensive coordinator.
Hawaii is 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall and 20-45-1 ATS in their last 66 conference games. The Warriors are 15-38-2 ATS in their last 55 on turf and 8-24-1 ATS in their last 33 games in October.
Meanwhile, Fresno State is 11-3-1 ATS in their last 15 games in October and 25-11-2 ATS in their last 38 games on turf. The Bulldogs are 1-4-1 ATS in their last six home games and 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 overall.
PICK: I’m going to stick with Fresno State here, but probably staying away in reality. It’s nearly impossible to tell what either of these teams will look like when they get on the field; both are coming in after some significant offseason changes. That said, Fresno State pulled off a 41-38 win over Hawaii last year, and most people seem to think the Bulldogs will be an improved squad under DeBoer and his staff. It’ll be an interesting game that will tell us a lot about both teams, though.