The college football season officially kicks off on Friday in Sydney, Australia with the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors facing the California Golden Bears. The Warriors are 20-point underdogs as we go to press.
The Rainbow Warriors are coming off a 3-10 season, in which they went 0-8 in conference play. The good news is they return 15 starters from last season, including nine on offense. However, the defense is where Rainbow Warriors have to improve; they were 98th in yards allowed per game last season. They also gave up a whopping 38.9 points per game over their final nine contests.
The Golden Bears were 8-5 last season overall, which was somewhat disappointing after a strong 5-0 start. They welcome back nine starters but have to replace their star QB – Jared Goff who is joining the LA Rams as the top NFL draft pick. Davis Webb, a transfer from Texas Tech, is up for the starting QB job.
The Golden Bears and Rainbow Warriors have split their four overall meetings, with the last one dating back to 1994 – which Hawaii won. Game time for Friday’s match is 10 PM ET with Fox Sports 2 providing coverage.