Hawaii vs UCLA Prediction & Football Odds for Week 0
- UCLA defeats Hawaii in the season opener
- Hawaii beats the spread
- Total points for the game will exceed 70.5
Hawaii takes on UCLA in each team’s season opener of the 2021-2022 college football season. UCLA is currently undefeated against Hawaii in head-to-head matches all-time at 3-0, and Hawaii will look to put an end to that on Saturday. In their last matchup on September 9, 2017, UCLA pummeled Hawaii 56-23.
Betting Odds & Lines for This Game
- Spread: HAW: +17.5 (-114) | UCLA: -17.5 (-106)
- Moneyline: HAW: (+490) | UCLA: (-750)
- Total: 70.5 – Over: (-108) | Under: (-112)
Hawaii vs UCLA Prediction: Spread
UCLA will ultimately pull away and defeat Hawaii, but not without some trouble. Losing QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson for the first couple of practices might not seem like much, but it could set UCLA’s offense back just enough to miss beating the spread. Hawaii has an offense capable of putting up big points in a hurry and could give UCLA’s defense trouble.
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Hawaii also has a formidable defensive front that could give Thompson-Robinson trouble in his first game of the season. When it comes to who has the upper hand if both teams are shaking off last season’s rust, the upper hand nearly always goes to the defense. However, at the end of the day, UCLA’s receiving corp and potent offense will be enough to beat Hawaii, but not the 17.5 point spread they face.
Additionally, UCLA is 1-5 in beating the spread in their last six season openers. At the beginning of the season, Hawaii typically comes out sharper and is 5-0 in their last five season-opening head-to-head matchups.
Final Score: UCLA 45 Hawaii 31.
Hawaii vs UCLA Prediction: MoneyLine
After a slow start in the first half, UCLA’s high-powered offense will take over in the second half to secure an easy win for the Bruins. Hawaii will score a late touchdown to make the score appear closer than the game was, but it won’t be enough. Hawaii has a solid defense, but they simply aren’t equipped to go against a team like UCLA.
UCLA has a veteran quarterback, a veteran offensive line, and one of the best-receiving groups they’ve had in decades. Hawaii has a veteran defense led by their defensive line, but Dorian Thompson-Robinson has the speed and elusiveness to stay away from big sacks.
Final Score: UCLA 45 Hawaii 31.
Hawaii vs UCLA Prediction: Total
The total point prediction for this matchup is 70.5. Both teams have high-powered offenses and defenses that can give up big plays. After a slow offensive start by both sides, the final three quarters will be nothing but fireworks and touchdowns. UCLA will light up Hawaii’s defense behind the veteran leadership of Thompson-Robinson, who will have himself a day.
Hawaii has always prided itself on having a potent offense, and this season will be no different. Chevan Cordeiro is back as Hawaii’s starting quarterback after starting all nine games for the Rainbow Warriors in last year’s Covid shortened season. Although just a sophomore, Cordeiro has the athleticism and big-play potential for Hawaii.
Point Total: 76