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Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs Hawaii Rainbow Warriors 9/3/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs Hawaii Rainbow Warriors 9/3/2022 Picks Predictions Previews


The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers will go against the Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors in NCAAF action in Clarence T.C. Ching Complex, HI, on Saturday, September 3, 2022, at 12:00 PM ET.


After a successful 2021 season, WKU Head Coach Tyson Helton must be pleased to have football back in action and his squad back in the win column.


The Hilltoppers defeated Austin Peay 38-27 on Saturday to start the year off with a win and go to 1-0 at home. WKU outscored Austin Peay 14-7 in the second quarter to gain the lead they wouldn’t give up after trailing 10-7 at the end of the first.


The Hilltoppers were strong on defense as linebacker JaQues Evans had a game-high 13 tackles and 2.5 sacks, while defensive back Upton Stout made his first-ever appearance in a Hilltopper uniform by returning an interception 34 yards for a score.


Austin Peay hit on touchdown throws of 44 yards and 24 yards in the defeat, thus the defense did concede some significant plays on the day.


  • The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 matches. 
  • The total went OVER in 13 of Western Kentucky’s last 18 matches. 
  • Western Kentucky is 9-1 SU in their last 10 matches.

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Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs Hawaii Rainbow Warriors Predictions 9/3/2022


The Rainbow Warriors’ Saturday home opener versus Vanderbilt didn’t go particularly well. The Commodores knocked Hawaii out of the Big 10 conference with a 63-10 victory.


At halftime, the score was quite close, with Vanderbilt leading 21-10. However, a disastrous third quarter by the Commodores of 35 points clinched Hawaii’s defeat on the first day of the season at home.


Hawaii only managed to generate 358 yards of total offense during the day, while giving up almost 600. Head coach Timmy Chang and his squad would prefer to forget about the first-ever meeting between the two schools:


Before being substituted by junior Joey Yellen, who completed just 10-20 passes for 89 yards, sophomore quarterback Brayden Schager was only 18-35 on the day for 169 yards.


Dedric Parson, a running back, gained 82 yards on 13 runs, including a score from 37 yards. Jonah Panoke, a senior wide receiver, set two career highs on the day with seven receptions for 101 yards.


The Rainbow Warriors’ defense had few positive aspects on a day when they gave up nearly 600 yards of total offense, including an astounding 404 on the ground.


  • The total went OVER in 5 of Hawaii’s last 7 matches. 
  • The Hawaii Rainbow Warriors are 2-4 SU in their last 6 matches. 
  • Hawaii is 13-6 SU in their last 19 matches at home.

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs Hawaii Rainbow Warriors. The NCAAF pick for this game is the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers. This line increased by four points in a short period of time, and with good cause.


The Rainbow Warriors’ defense is appalling. It’s interesting that the team’s one obvious weakness before the season was probably their inability to stop the pass, yet they gave up 404 running yards in the first game.


But there’s no denying that this is a leaky secondary. On their route to a monster passing day, WKU will surely attempt shots down the field and challenge the Rainbow Warriors’ secondary early and frequently.


And if they decide to run, they should be able to match the 100 yards they gained on the ground last Saturday simply to keep Hawaii’s defense on its toes.


For Coach Chang and his staff, the road to respectability will be a long and tough one. The Hilltoppers will win to a predicted score of 42-28.


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Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs Hawaii Rainbow Warriors 9/3/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

NCAAF Starting Time: 12:00 PM (EDT)


Location: Clarence T.C. Ching Complex, HI


Date: Saturday, September 3, 2022


TV: Spectrum Sports


NCAAF Odds: Western Kentucky Hilltoppers -16


NCAAF Totals: 67.5


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