We made it everyone, we survived the off season and college football is back with Hawaii taking on Cal in Sydney. Our hope is that this game is competitive as Hawaii is coming off of a three-win season and Cal lost the number one overall pick in quarterback Jared Goff.
Replacing Goff is Davis Webb who transferred from Texas Tech — and made a five-second layover with Colorado — where he should fit in pretty well as the Red Raiders have a similar scheme to the "Bear Raid."
For those under a rock, Hawaii has a new head coach in former Hawaii player and coach in Nick Rolovich. He is bringing back fun to Hawaii with a lot of off-season activities to keep the team loose.
Here is just one key of many from our game preview:
Start fast and get on the board early: The Cal defense returns five starters and only three of them started more than ten games. As a whole, their defense is young which may lead to getting caught up in the atmosphere of the game. The ‘Bows need to seize the moment and use their experience on offense to take advantage of any early game jitters the Bears might have.
Also, the Bears’ defense is anchored by a talented secondary but their front seven is a big weakness. If the Rainbow Warriors can get out to an early lead they can avoid playing into Cal’s defensive strength. The depth at running back should be able to exploit the holes up front but won’t be able to do that if they get behind by a lot.
There is still a chance to listen to our preview podcast.
GAME DAY INFO:
Game time: Friday August 8, 2016; 4:00 PM HST, 10 PM ET; ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia
Radio: KKEA ESPN 1420 (Honolulu), KNUI 550AM (Maui), KHLO 850AM (Hilo), KKON 790AM (Kona), KTOH 99.9FM (Kauai), KNWJ 104.7FM (American Samoa), XM Radio 203 and Sirius Radio 93.
Web Audio-Cast: ESPN 1420 AM
Web Video-Streaming: WatchESPN
Line: +23 Hawaii
Weather: High of 65 degree, sunny and only a 10 percent chance of precipitation.
Stop by and chat about this game as it is the opening night of college football, and bring your predictions.