College Football Picks for Colorado-Hawaii to Offer Late Night Value

Joe Gavazzi

Thursday, September 3, 2015 12:23 PM GMT

Colorado travels to Hawaii for the opening game of the 2015 CFB season for each team. Before sharing our free College Football picks, we walk you through this matchup and discuss the best value on offer.

Colorado (-7-) vs. Hawaii 1:00 AM ET CBCTV
Colorado travels to Hawaii for the opening game of the 2015 CFB season for each team.  Each of these teams will be among the most improved in the nation this season.  Last year, these teams matched up in Boulder with the Buffs, an 8 point favorite, covering the College Football odds in a 21-12 victory in which they outgained Hawaii 405-286.  Tonight, however, the venue changes to Honolulu, a site that provides a major advantage to the home-standing Rainbow Warriors.  Not only must Colorado deal with the distractions of being in Hawaii, but they are playing 4 time zones west, making this a 9:00 pm body time start for them.  Even college-aged kids rarely line up for a football game at this time of night. 

To say the Buffs have underachieved in recent seasons would be putting it mildly.  In the last 4 years, Colorado is a combined 10-39 SU with only 4 away wins.  Major issue has been a 200 Club defense, who last year allowed 39 PPG on 460 YPG.  The result was a 2-10 SU season, despite 15 RS.  Now, 3rd year HC MacIntyre has 16 RS which has hopes running high for a turnaround in Boulder.  Improving QB Liufau leads the way for an offense that averaged 28/439 last year.  But, the sieve that has been their defense for the last 3 years can only have this team qualifying as a “false favorite.” 

On the opposing bench is a Hawaii team, who has struggled to find continuity under 4th year HC Chow.  It seems Chow has reached his Peter Principle.  He was a highly-successful OC in nearly 40 years of coaching experience in both the college and NFL level (nearly 30 of those years, where he was the legendary OC at BYU).  But in stepping up to the head man at Hawaii, Chow’s teams have failed badly with a mark of 8-29 SU, 16-19 ATS.  Hope for improvement comes in the form of a revamped coaching staff, including new coordinators for the offense, defense and special teams.  Further hope comes in the form of USC transfer, QB Wittek, whose pedigree far surpasses that of most MWC signal callers.  With Chow as his mentor, Wittek could well blossom.  This would, at last, make the Rainbow Warriors the type of 30 PPG offensive team that has been missing since the time of HCs Jones and McMackin.  What better opponent for the Rainbow Warriors to explode against than the sieve that has perennial been the Colorado defense. 

In a game where Hawaii holds many of the intangible edges, look for them to bark loudly as a home dog, while increasing their mark to 5-0 ATS as home dog vs. the PAC 12 and drop Colorado to a record of 2-7 ATS as road chalk.

Free College Football Pick: Take Hawaii at 5Dimes

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