California (0-0) vs Hawaii (0-0)
When: Friday, August 26th 2016
Where: ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia
Time: 10:00 ET | TV: ESPN
The post-Jared Goff era begins Friday in Sydney, Australia as the California Golden Bears begin the 2016 College Football season against the Hawaii Warriors. Cal will go with some experience at the quarterback position as graduate transfer from Texas Tech, Davis Webb, will take the reigns. Webb completed almost 62% of his passes in two full seasons in Lubock, compiling 44 touchdowns and 22 interceptions. The offensive line and running backs will be the most experienced part of this offense with coach Sonny Dykes looking at replacing their top six receivers from last season. The new group of wide-outs includes freshmen Melquise Stovall and Demetris Robertson along with junior Chad Hansen. Cal returns four starters from last year that gave up over 30 points a game.
Not much is expected from Hawaii first year coach Nick Rolovich, who started at quarterback for the Rainbow Warriors in 2000-01. A program known for high-scoring, late-night fireworks, was ranked 118th last season averaging only 17.6 points a game. Fifth-year senior quarterback Ikaika Woolsey was names the starter after throwing five touchdowns with six interceptions in part-time duty last year. Hawaii figures to rely on its run game behind a solid offensive line and a trio of quality running backs in senior Steven Lakalaka, junior Diocemy Saint Juste and senior Paul Harris. The defense also has a new coordinator in Kevin Lempa and will have a tough time slowing down the Cal offense.
Hawaii is really bad and were shutout three times last year. They also had the second-worst turnover margin in the nation at -23. Cal seems to be reloading for another run at the PAC-12 and should put up a lot of points with Webb under center. Lay the wood before the line gets too high.
Pick: California -20.5