04.Sep.2014 Beavs @ Hawaii Pregame
From what I saw on Saturday (2.5 quarters of Hawaii football), they had an intense defense, a bruising RB, and somewhat mobile QB who runs the read option. Last year they only won one game, but they were in a lot of games. I don’t know if Saturday’s game versus Washington was the norm for Hawaii or an aberration. The same goes for the Beavs. Was PSU the norm? The Beavs’ WR could not separate from PSU, so do they suddenly do it versus Hawaii? Maybe. But I have to go on what I’ve seen so far rather than what should happen.
I do feel Hawaii has two indisputable advantages: Beavs have a long travel and will be fatigued and the home crowd was loud. Norm Chow, imo, is a better fundamental (i.e. false starts, timeouts, etc) coach than Riley so I’d give them the “cleaner play” advantage, too. This is based on what I saw last week and historical performance, but early in the season things can change rapidly. I’m taking Hawaii, mainly due to travel and Banker (mobile QB). What should happen is the Beavs travel a day early so they’re well-rested, dominate Hawaii with their objectively better recruits and senior QB, and bring home the W. What I fear will happen is…