The Vanderbilt Commodores host the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors in the opener for both sides on Saturday night during Week 0. These teams are looking to start the campaign right after logging losing records in 2022. Hawaii went 3-10 and the Commodores were 5-7. Vanderbilt beat Hawaii 63-10 in Honolulu as the Commodores scored 35 points in the third quarter to separate on the road.
Kickoff from FirstBank Stadium in Nashville is set for 7:30 p.m. ET. The Commodores are 17-point favorites in the Hawaii vs. Vanderbilt odds from the SportsLine consensus, while the over/under for total points is 55.5. Before making any Vanderbilt vs. Hawaii picks, be sure to check out the college football predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's proven computer simulation model.
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Now, the model has set its sights on Hawaii vs. Vanderbilt and just revealed its picks and predictions. You can visit SportsLine now to see the model's picks. Now, here are several college football odds and trends for Vanderbilt vs. Hawaii:
- Vanderbilt vs. Hawaii spread: Vanderbilt -17
- Vanderbilt vs. Hawaii over/under: 55.5 points
- Vanderbilt vs. Hawaii money line: Vanderbilt -951, Hawaii +608
- HAW: Hawaii has hit the 1H Game Total Under in their last four away games
- VAN: Vanderbilt went 5-7 ATS last season
- Vanderbilt vs. Hawaii picks: See picks at SportsLine
Why Vanderbilt can cover
Sophomore receiver Jayden McGowan is a quick and vertical playmaker. McGowan has impressive footwork and can line up in a variety of different spots. The South Carolina native finished with 44 receptions for 453 yards and three touchdowns in 2022, including two matchups with 100-plus receiving yards.
Senior receiver Will Sheppard will be the focal point of the passing attack. Sheppard (6-foot-4) is a reliable weapon with strong hands coming across the middle. The Louisiana native tallied at least 50 receiving yards in seven outings in 2022. During his three years at Vanderbilt, Sheppard has notched 105 receptions for 1,383 yards and 13 touchdowns. In the contest against Hawaii last season, he snagged three passes for 39 yards and two scores. See which team to pick here.
Why Hawaii can cover
With Zion Bowens now in the NFL, plenty of targets and opportunities are up for grabs. Sophomore receiver Jalen Walthall will have a chance to make an impact. Walthall owns good YAC ability and can make defenders miss in the open field. As a freshman last season, he had 27 catches with 333 yards and one score. In the 2022 contest versus Vanderbilt, Walthall had five catches for 61 yards.
Senior receiver Jonah Panoke missed some time last year with an injury and is looking to bounce back with a strong 2023 campaign. Panoke runs crisp routes and has strong hands. The native of Hawaii logged 27 receptions with 312 yards and a score last year. The best game of his career came in August 2022 versus Vanderbilt, where he reeled in seven catches with 101 yards. This duo will look to take advantage and be the primary reads in the passing game. See which team to pick here.
How to make Hawaii vs. Vanderbilt picks
SportsLine's model is leaning Over on the point total, projecting the teams to combine for 58 points. The model also says one side of the spread hits well over 50% of the time. You can only see the model's pick at SportsLine.
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