This Saturday we kick off the Mountain West Conference season in Fort Collins with a match-up between the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors and Colorado State Rams. Both team didn’t came close to competing for the Mountain West Conference title last year. The Rams did however managed to make the postseas but they lost a close contested 31-28 game in the New Mexico Bowl to the Marshall Thundering Herd, finishing the season with a record of 7-6. The Rainbow Warriors had a very poor season out of the West division of the Mountain West. They went 3-9 overall and won just one game in conference play. Last season, Colorado St. won this matchup with some ease by the score of 51-21. The game was pretty much over at halftime when the score was 31-7. Hawaii will look to get redemption from last year’s pummeling on the Rams’ home turf.
- 5-2 ATS in their last seven games in August
- The Favorite is 5-0 ATS in their last five meetings
- 21-46-1 ATS in their last 68 games on fieldturf
- 14-36-1 ATS in their last 51 conference games
I’m not sure that the Hawaii offense will put up enough points for the game to go Over the total. Hawaii has just 17.1% of their yards back from last year, which is 130th in the nation, while the Rams have just 21.8% of their yards back, which is 127th. The defense will not be great this year, especially Hawaii’s, but still, the offenses may take a week or two to get going. 72 points were scored last year between these teams, but Hawaii will not put up the 21 they did and the Rams will certainly not hang up 51. Look for a 38-17 Colorado State win in this one.
Prediction: Under 58