The Hawaii Rainbow Warriors and the Oregon Ducks meet Saturday in college football action from Autzen Stadium. Hawaii has three games in the can so far, most recently last weekend versus Albany. In that one the Warriors posted an 11-point win. As for Oregon, they played Texas Tech in their last matchup. The Ducks went on to power out an eight-point victory. Check back all season long for free college football picks at Sports Chat Place.
Hawaii Rainbow Warriors
The Warriors opened up their year with a matchup versus Vanderbilt. Hawaii gave up points in every quarter in that one and fell 35-28. Game two versus Stanford was another tough one for Hawaii. After falling behind 27-10 going into the fourth, the Warriors ended up with a 37-24 loss. QB Brayden Schager managed 355 yards and three scores, though.
In the Albany matchup last Saturday, Hawaii scored points in every quarter, overcoming a 17-17 halftime tie in a 31-20 win. Schager had 266 yards and four TDs, but he also coughed up three picks. Jordan Johnson had 11 carries for 76 yards, and Pofele Ashlock bagged 74 yards off four catches to lead the receivers.
Hawaii Rainbow Warriors Team Facts
Hawaii has lost each of its last seven road games.
Hawaii has failed to cover the spread in each of its last five games against opponents from the Pac-12 Conference.
Hawaii has lost the first half in eight of its last nine games against opponents from the Pac-12 Conference.
Each of Hawaii's last three games against AP-ranked teams have gone UNDER the total points line.
Over on the Oregon side, they played Portland State in their opener and rolled to a massive victory. The Ducks were up 50-7 by halftime and ultimately took an 81-7 win. Bo Nix threw for 287 yards and three touchdowns, and Mar’Keise Irving had 119 yards rushing with two scores on just four carries. Jordan James and 86 rushing yards of his own with three TDs as well.
In the Texas Tech game, the Ducks were in trouble after three quarters, facing a 27-18 deficit. Oregon scored 20 points in the fourth however, and ended up with the comeback win 38-30. Nix had 359 yards with two scores, and Troy Franklin was the leading receiver with 103 yards, a TD and six catches.
Oregon Ducks Team Facts
Oregon has won each of its last 30 games against non-AP-ranked teams at Autzen Stadium.
Oregon has covered the spread in eight of its last nine games at Autzen Stadium.
Oregon has won the first quarter in each of its last nine games against non-conference opponents at Autzen Stadium.
Oregon has won the first half in each of its last 17 games against non-conference opponents at Autzen Stadium.
Each of Oregon's last six home games against non-AP-ranked teams have gone OVER the total points line.
Oregon ranked 3rd among FBS teams for Q2 points per game last season (14.4).
Oregon ranked 4th among FBS teams for Q3 points per game last season (10.4).
Hawaii ranked T25th among FBS teams for Q4 win percentage last season (.538).
Hawaii suffered the equal-most losses by a margin of 40+ points of any FBS team last season (3).
ANDREW’S FREE PICK
I’m going to stay with Oregon, even though it's a very thick line. There’s not much to point out as needing improvement in the Ducks’ opener win over Portland State. Oregon posted a whopping 729 yards of offense in that one along with 38 first downs, 10.1 yards per play, zero turnovers, two penalties and just one punt. The Ducks held the Vikings to just 200 total yards (52 passing) on the other side in a great all-around effort. In game two versus Texas Tech, Oregon didn’t play their best. The Ducks committed 14 penalties for 124 yards and gave up 174 rush yards in a sloppy outing, but the 359 pass yards and plus-4 turnover differential really helped. The Ducks really need to sharpen up for game three but they should be just fine on the cover.