Vanderbilt will be looking to open the 2022 season on a positive note when it faces Hawaii on the road on Saturday night in the Week 0 nightcap. The Commodores finished 2-10 under head coach Clark Lea last year, while Hawaii hired Timmy Chang to take over his alma mater's program in the offseason. Hawaii went 11-11 in two seasons under head coach Todd Graham, but he resigned following allegations of mistreatment from players.
Kickoff is set for 10:30 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network. The Commodores are 9.5-point favorites in the latest Hawaii vs. Vanderbilt odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over/under for total points scored is 54.5. Before making any Hawaii vs. Vanderbilt picks or college football predictions, you need to see what SportsLine's advanced computer model has to say.
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Now, the model has set its sights on Vanderbilt vs. Hawaii and just locked in its picks and CFB predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model's picks. Now, here are several college football odds and betting lines for Hawaii vs. Vanderbilt:
- Vanderbilt vs. Hawaii spread: Vanderbilt -9.5
- Vanderbilt vs. Hawaii over/under: 54.5 points
- Vanderbilt vs. Hawaii money line: Vanderbilt -355, Hawaii +278
- Vanderbilt vs. Hawaii picks: See picks here.
Why Vanderbilt can cover
Vanderbilt should take a step forward in its second season under head coach Clark Lea after going 2-10 last year. Quarterback Mike Wright is back under center after throwing for more than 1,000 yards and eight touchdowns last year. He is playing behind an offensive line that returns three starters and will have a large size advantage up front against Hawaii's undersized line.
The Commodores also return three running backs and are facing a Rainbow Warriors defense that allowed 31.4 points per game and 5.8 yards per play. Offensively, Hawaii lost its top passer, top rusher and top receiver, so some early-season struggles are expected for that unit. Vanderbilt covered the spread in five of its final six games last year and is in a position to open the 2022 campaign with a blowout win.
Why Hawaii can cover
Vanderbilt might be returning key pieces on both sides of the ball, but those pieces finished with the worst scoring offense and third-worst scoring defense among Power Five teams last year. The Commodores got out of the gates slowly last year, losing to East Tennessee State in the opener. They have only picked up one win in their last 13 road games, while Hawaii is 13-5 in its last 18 home games.
The Rainbow Warriors have been getting off to strong starts over the last few years, covering the spread in six of their last seven games in the month of August. Chang is going to provide a spark to a program that is going to be throwing the ball at a high rate this year. Vanderbilt is on a seven-game losing streak coming into this game, making Hawaii the value bet as a large home underdog.
How to make Vanderbilt vs. Hawaii picks
SportsLine's model is leaning Under on the point total, with both teams expected to struggle offensively. The model also says one side of the spread hits in almost 70% of simulations. You can only see the model's Vanderbilt vs. Hawaii picks at SportsLine.
So who wins Hawaii vs. Vanderbilt? And which side of the spread hits in almost 70% of simulations? Visit SportsLine now to find out which side of the Vanderbilt vs. Hawaii spread you need to jump on Saturday, all from the model that has crushed its college football picks, and find out.