Week three of college football continues as the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors travel to Husky Stadium to take on the #23 Washington Huskies on Saturday, Sep. 14 at 7:30 P.M. These two teams have not met since August of 2014 when the Huskies narrowly beat the Rainbow Warriors on the road by a score of 17-16.
Hawaii Looks To Remain Undefeated
The Hawaii Rainbow Warriors entered the 2019 season with hopes of making it back to another bowl game and maybe even compete for a conference title. Last season, Hawaii went 8-6 overall and even went 5-3 in conference. However, it failed to win a bowl game as it was routed lost at home to Louisiana Tech in the Hawaii Bowl by a score of 31-14. Now, Hawaii is currently undefeated and has beaten its first two opponents by a combined ten points. That is definitely encouraging since it has been able to make the big plays late in games in clutch situations. However, Hawaii has played against two below average Pac-12 teams and now has to face a ranked opponent on the road this Saturday.
The starting quarterback for the Rainbow Warriors is junior Cole McDonald who looked solid in the first two games of the regular season. Last week, he threw for an impressive 421 yards along with four passing touchdowns as he led Hawaii to a thrilling 31-28 victory against Oregon State at home. However, he also has five interceptions so his ball security has been underwhelming thus far. With an elite defense up next, McDonald will need to be extra careful with the ball in his hands.
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So far this season, Hawaii has been great on offense while also being pretty underwhelming defensively. Offensively, the Rainbow Warriors rank 14th in the nation with 542.0 yards per game while also scoring 38.0 points per game which ranks 38th. At the same time, Hawaii’s defense ranks 108th in the nation in points allowed with 33.0 while also ranking 117th with just 486.0 yards allowed per game.
Washington Looks To Bounce Back At Home
The Washington Huskies entered the 2019 season with expectations of competing for another Pac-12 title and potentially becoming a dark horse candidate to compete for a national championship. However, half of those goals have already been crushed as the Huskies lost last week at home to California despite being favored by about two touchdowns. To make matters worse, it was also a conference game so it could potentially impact Washington’s ability to make it back into the conference title game. With a non-conference game up next, Washington can use this game to potentially get its groove back on both sides of the ball.
“I think in a lot of ways, we’ve got a lot of young players with what we’re doing” said Washington head coach Chris Petersen. “It always comes down to fundamental football, fundamentals and technique in terms of tackling, getting off blocks, covering guys. Thinking better on the field in critical situations. That’s what it’s all about. We’ve played a lot of good football but we didn’t play good enough at the most critical ti
The starting quarterback for the Huskies is junior Jacob Eason who has had mixed results in the first two games of the regular season. Last week, he threw for just 162 yards along with zero passing touchdowns and one interception as his team lost to California at home by a score of 20-19. Now, he gets to face off against a below-average Hawaii defense which should allow him to regain some confidence that he might have lost last week.
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So far this season, Washington has been pretty solid on both sides of the ball despite its disappointing 1-1 record. Offensively, the Huskies rank 48th in the nation with 459.0 yards per game while also scoring 33.0 points per game which ranks 57th. At the same time, Washington’s defense ranks 26th in the nation in points allowed with 17.0 while also ranking 35th with just 289.0 yards allowed per game.
- Rainbow Warriors are 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in September.
- Rainbow Warriors are 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games.
- Huskies are 11-4-1 ATS in their last 16 games after accumulating less than 275 total yards in their previous game.
- Huskies are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.