The Hawaii Rainbow Warriors finished in the middle of the Mountain West standings last season and will be challenged in their opening game of the 2021 college football season. On Saturday, the UCLA Bruins will host the 2020 New Mexico Bowl champs at the Rose Bowl in a non-conference matchup. Chip Kelly's Bruins are looking to bounce back from an underwhelming Pac-12 showing and could run up the score against the visitors with their explosive offense.
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The game will kick off at 3:30 p.m. ET, and UCLA is a 17.5-point favorite at Caesars Sportsbook. The Bruins are -600 (risk $600 to win $100) on the money line, while the Rainbow Warriors are a +900 underdog, according to the latest Hawaii vs. UCLA odds. The over-under for total points is set at 68. Before making any UCLA vs. Hawaii picks, check out the college football predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.
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Now, the model has set its sights on UCLA vs. Hawaii. You can visit SportsLine now to see the picks. Here are the college football odds and trends for Hawaii vs. UCLA:
Hawaii vs. UCLA spread: UCLA -17.5
Hawaii vs. UCLA over-under: 68 points
Hawaii vs. UCLA money line: UCLA -900, Hawaii +600
HAW: The Rainbow Warriors were 1-2 against the spread on the road during the regular season last year
UCLA: The Bruins were 2-2 against the spread at the Rose Bowl last year
Why Hawaii can cover
Hawaii is a significant underdog that has been able to rise to the occasion in recent years. The Rainbow Warriors have won three straight road openers and can depend on many experienced players early in the 2021 season. All 11 of Hawaii's 2020 defensive starters are back, and seven offensive starters are back as well.
UCLA has only managed to cover the spread in three of its last home games and is known to give up a ton of points. The Bruins haven't done a great job capitalizing on home-field advantage. The Rainbow Warriors had the better season last year and have prevailed against the odds in recent years.
Why UCLA can cover
UCLA didn't have its best season last year, but its ability to put points on the board makes it dangerous. The Bruins won by an average of 13.5 points in 2020-21, while averaging 35 points per contest. Hawaii scored a little more than 26 points per game last year and forked up 27 points per game to opposing teams.
The Rainbow Warriors averaged fewer than 20 points per game on the road, though. If Hawaii doesn't compete early on, this game could turn into a blowout quickly. UCLA averaged nearly 37 points at the Rose Bowl last season.
How to make Hawaii vs. UCLA picks
SportsLine's model is leaning under on the total, projecting the teams to combine for 62 points. The model also says one side of the spread hits in more than 60 percent of simulations. You can only get the pick at SportsLine.