BY 750 THE GAME STAFF
Each week our staff at 750 The Game and fellow Pac-12 experts predict the score of every Oregon Ducks game. This week Oregon (2-0) takes on Hawaii (1-2) at Autzen Stadium where the Ducks are 37.5-point favorites over the Rainbow Warriors. Kickoff is set for 5:00 p.m. on Pac-12 Network.
Here are the picks from the experts:
The Ducks have a looming Week 4 conference matchup vs. Colorado. I won’t blame them for looking ahead. But Hawaii just isn’t good enough to play close and make that matter. I’d like to see Oregon have fewer penalties this week and play a more consistent game on offense. I looked at the Texas Tech game in Week 2 as the Ducks’ unofficial season opener. They just weren’t tested by Portland State in Week 1.
Oregon 56, Hawaii 14
“Hawaii needed a late touchdown to secure its lone victory thus far — over Albany. Oregon’s mascot better have a hearty pregame meal. The Duck will be doing a lot of pushups.” (Via Bay Area News Group)
Pick: Oregon -37.5
Oregon’s offensive line was excellent in pass protection last week, but the run game really struggled. I think that’s 70% on the offensive line and 30% on new offensive coordinator Will Stein. Hawaii is not a team that should be able to match Oregon in the trenches, and their run totals should surpass the 113 yards and 3.6 YPC they gained against Texas Tech.
Oregon 59, Hawaii 17
Hawaii hasn’t played well so far this season. But they were one of the better teams against the spread at the end of last season. This won’t be close, but I think Hawaii can stay within the number. Oregon has questions on the offensive line and running the football. Hawaii has played two Power 5 teams in Vanderbilt and Stanford. Two of the worst, but still Power 5. In those games Vanderbilt and Stanford only averaged 4.2 yards per rush on 54 carries. Oregon dominates, but Hawaii does just enough to cover.
Oregon 49, Hawaii 14
Oregon might say otherwise, but they want to give Coach Prime and Colorado something to think about. Dan Lanning wants to beat Deion Sanders in a bad way. As a precursor, Bo Nix cuts loose a couple of deep bombs to Troy Franklin and Tez Johnson, Bucky Irving goes for 100 yards and a score, and the Ducks defense scores a touchdown. Autzen Stadium whets its appetite for the mighty Buffaloes.
Oregon 62, Hawaii 13