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Hawaii Rainbow Warriors at Vanderbilt Commodores Betting Preview

Hawaii Rainbow Warriors at Vanderbilt Commodores Betting Preview

The first season game for both teams is on Saturday, as the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors take on the Vanderbilt Commodores. Tommy Chang’s first season as the head football coach at Hawaii saw them finish the season 3-10. Hawaii lost their first three games of the season before finally beating Duquesne in Week 4. The Rainbow Warriors lost in this game a season ago 63-10.

For Clark Lea, his Commodores went 5-7, including 2-6 in SEC play. The Commodores have improved in both of Lea’s seasons, as they were 2-10 in 2021. Vanderbilt had a chance to become bowl-eligible in the final game last season but was blanked 56-0 by Tennessee in the season finale at home.

The Vanderbilt Commodores are favorites in this game. The Commodores are listed at -17.5 over Hawaii. The total for this game is set at 55.5. If you are looking at an upset, Hawaii is listed at +650.

Hawaii With Long Road Trip

The Rainbow Warriors obviously have more to think about than football with the wildfires in their state. But, they have a job on Saturday to play football. Brayden Schager is back as the quarterback for Hawaii. A season ago, he threw 13 touchdowns and ten interceptions, with just shy of 2,500 yards.

His connection with Jalen Walthall will be important as he moves into the role as the guy as top receiver Zion Bowers from a season ago went to the Washington Commanders in the draft.

Dedrick Parson is also gone from the Hawaii roster. A season ago, he rushed for 830 yards and 11 touchdowns. That means Hawaii will need a workhorse at the running back spot. The top candidate appears to be Hines last season got 83 carries for 634 yards and two touchdowns.

Hawaii is playing a road game to start the season before going home, and they will welcome Stanford and the University of Albany to town the next two weeks before heading to Oregon in Week four.

Commanders Want a Bowl Game in 2023

The goal is pretty clear in Nashville. The Vanderbilt Commodores want a bowl game in 2023. The Commodores have this game and Alabama A+M before a trip to Wake Forest in Week 3 and UNLV in Week four. That with a home game against Kentucky in Week five, it seems possible.

Vanderbilt will need another big season from receiver Will Sheppard. A season ago, he led the team with 776 yards and nine touchdowns. The quarterback AJ Swann will look to improve upon his numbers of a season ago. He did finish with ten touchdown passes and two interceptions.

Ray Davis, the top running back from a season ago for the Commodores, is now a member of the Kentucky Wildcats. The running game will be a huge question mark; they will want to figure it out in the early going. They will need to move the ball on the ground when they reach SEC play.

Vanderbilt Rolls in Week One

The Vanderbilt Commodores won this game easily a season ago, and we expect them to do the same thing this season. While Vanderbilt is not an elite College Football program, they are good enough to blow the doors off a visiting Hawaii team.

Vanderbilt gets on the board early and often, plays good defense, and keeps the Rainbow Warriors off balance. Distractions have been heavy for Hawaii, and it will show here. Bet the Vanderbilt Commodores -17.5 over the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors on Saturday. Enjoy the game, and good luck betting!

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