The degenerate special in Hawaii between the Oregon State Beavers and Hawaii Rainbow Warriors concludes the Week 2 schedule. Hawaii stay on Oahu following a Week 1 win over the Arizona Wildcats in an upset win. The Rainbow Warriors’ offense put up 45 points in a 45-38 victory. It really could have been more points for Hawaii in that game.
Cole McDonald was a turnover machine with 4 interceptions despite throwing 4 touchdowns as well. He was letting it fly out there, which ultimately got him benched for Chevan Cordeiro. Cordeiro protected the ball and tossed a touchdown to lead Hawaii down the stretch.
It appears from reports that Hawaii will be going back to McDonald in Week 2 against the Beavers. He has an arm that Hawaii can’t keep on the bench. McDonald just has to make better decisions with the football and he’ll be fine this season. It isn’t like he had a serious problem with turnovers last season, so I don’t think it’s going to be a continual issue for him going forward.
McDonald passed for 36 touchdowns and 10 interceptions a season ago. One more and he’s halfway to his interception total from 2018. He might have just been a little excited against an opponent like Arizona in Week 1. Hawaii also get a defense this week who are not expected to do much. They lived up to that billing against Oklahoma State last Saturday.
Oklahoma State torched Oregon State for 52 points in a 52-36 win. They had no answer on the ground, as Chuba Hubbard ran for 221 yards and 3 touchdowns. He averaged a whopping 8.5 yards per carry. Spencer Sanders ran for 109 yards on 8.4 yards per carry.
He didn’t have to dish the ball around much, but when he did plays were available. Sanders passed for 3 touchdowns on 19-of-24 passing. This is going to be an offensive game with plenty of points. The defenses are likely going to struggle. Head below for our free Oregon State vs. Hawaii pick.
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Hawaii moved the ball at will against Arizona last week. The only thing that stopped them were dumb passes by McDonald. Without the turnovers, Hawaii could have easily put up around 55 points on the Wildcats. The Rainbow Warriors totaled 595 yards, while Arizona gained 539 yards. Arizona are going to get their yards against a lot of defenses with Khalil Tate, so Hawaii did what they had to do to avoid him from going wild.
Expect McDonald to settle down and avoid turning the ball over in this game. The coaching staff had to be emphasizing all week to McDonald that he has to take care of the ball. Oregon State are not likely to pose more of a challenge than Arizona did last week. The Beavers finished 129th out of 130 teams in the FBS a season ago, allowing 537 yards per game. They were embarrassed on the ground with 281.1 yards surrendered.
We are not going to see Oregon State take massive leaps forward. Their defensive struggles have been ongoing for nearly a decade now. There is no depth again in 2019, which Oklahoma State were able to exploit immediately in Week 1. Look for Hawaii to cut through the Beavers with ease. Cedric Byrd galloped for 224 yards and 4 touchdown receptions last week. Look for Byrd to find his way around the Oregon State secondary in this one.
This looks like a bad spot for Oregon State. Jake Luton is going to get some yards in this one against Hawaii, but he’s not going to be able to keep up. Oregon State had to deal with Oklahoma State last week, and now they must travel all the way to Hawaii to play against an underrated Rainbow Warriors squad. Look for Hawaii to make it two wins in a row over Pac-12 competition with an 8 or 10-point win Saturday night at Aloha Stadium.