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Michigan vs. Hawaii Game Preview: Predictions, How to Watch and More

Everything you need to know about Saturday's season opener as the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors come to town.

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Hooray for football!

After a long off-season of satellite camp debates, subtweets, a new apparel launch and more, real games are upon us.

Jim Harbaugh’s seventh-ranked Michigan Wolverines enter the season as one of the team’s to watch in college football. They are expected to a contend for a conference title and perhaps even more.

The first step comes against the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors (0-1), who have a game under their belts already having lost to California in Australia last week and travel another 9,000-plus miles to play in Ann Arbor on Saturday.

Michigan should not face much of a challenge on their 2016 debut, but there are a fair amount of questions that will be answered as soon as the Wolverines hit the field.

The biggest is at quarterback, where redshirt sophomore Wilton Speight seems all but officially the starter. John O’Korn and Shane Morris were also in the mix. To see who takes the field as the first-team signal caller is probably the most drama that Saturday’s game will generate.

The Wolverines still have questions on the offensive line, but return an experienced group that will look to push around some of these easier opponents earlier on their schedule. Look for Michigan to defer to their ground game and get guys like De’Veon Smith and Ty Isaac going early.

Hawaii has some solid playmakers in space, but Michigan’s defense is far too talented to give up much. This is not the week for them to be tested all that much.

Prediction: There are going to be a lot of great games this weekend that are competitive. This will not be one of those. Michigan 49, Hawaii 6

Game Info

Teams: Hawaii Rainbow Warriors (0-1) vs. No. 7 Michigan Wolverines (0-0)

Date: September 3rd, 2016

Location: Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich. (107,601)

Kickoff: 12 p.m. ET

Television: ESPN/WatchESPN App

Radio: Michigan/IMG Sports Network (for a list of affiliates, click here)

Spread: Michigan -40.5, O/U 54.5

Fun Facts

  • Michael Jordan will serve as Michigan’s honorary captain. The athletic department switched to Nike on Aug. 1 and became the first football program to be outfitted by the Jordan brand.
  • Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham and Dr. Jerry Punch will be on the call for ESPN.
  • Michigan is 111-22-3 in season opening games.
  • This is the third meeting between Michigan and Hawaii. The Wolverines have won both previous matchups. Jim Harbaugh quarterbacked them to a 27-10 win in 1986 and the 1998 squad beat the Warriors 48-17.
  • Hawaii is flying over 9,000 miles to take on the Wolverines and will have flown 19,060 miles before their first home game.
  • Harbaugh is 9-3 in season openers as a head football coach. All three of those losses came in his first season on the job in college (San Diego, Stanford, Michigan).
  • Michigan has not opened the season against the Mountain West Conference since 1964, where they beat Air Force 35-0. They are 5-1 against the conference overall and 8-0 against teams that currently comprise the MWC.

Hitting the Links: MnB’s Michigan vs. Hawaii Coverage

9-1: The Michigan Man Podcast 321: Hawaii Visitors Edition

9-1: Hawaii is Flying 9,530 Miles to Play Michigan

9-1: S&P+ Projects the Michigan-Hawaii Score

9-1: Behind Enemy Lines: Q&A w/ Mountain West Connection

8-31: Getting to Know Michigan’s Week 1 Opponent: Hawaii

8-31: Inside the Numbers: 2016 is the Year for Michigan to be Champions

8-30: The Michigan Man Podcast 320: Jamie Morris Joins the Show

8-30: Betting the Big Ten: Week 1

8-30: Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh Knows the Starting Quarterback

8-30: Michigan Football: Most Fascinating Storylines of 2016

8-29: What We Learned: The 2016 Offseason

8-29: The 2016 Michigan Football Preseason Roundtable

Week One College Football TV Schedule

Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016
Matchup Time (ET) TV / Streaming
Charlotte at (19) Louisville 7:00 p.m. FSN / WatchESPN
UT Martin at Cincinnati 7:00 p.m. ESPN3
Tulane at Wake Forest 7:00 p.m. WatchESPN
Maine at UConn 7:00 p.m. ASN / ESPN3
Presbyterian at Central Michigan 7:00 p.m. ESPN3
Appalachian State at (9) Tennessee 7:30 p.m. SECN / WatchESPN
Indiana at FIU 7:30 p.m. ESPNU / WatchESPN
William & Mary at NC State 7:30 p.m. WatchESPN
South Carolina at Vanderbilt 8:00 p.m. ESPN / WatchESPN
Southern Utah at Utah 8:00 p.m. Pac-12N /
Jackson State at UNLV 8:00 p.m. MWN
Rice at WKU 8:00 p.m. CBSSN
Oregon State at Minnesota 9:00 p.m. BTN / BTN2Go
South Dakota at New Mexico 9:00 p.m. ROOT Sports
Montana State at Idaho 9:00 p.m. ALT / ESPN3
Weber State at Utah State 10:00 p.m. MWN
Friday, Sept. 2, 2016
Matchup Time (ET) TV / Streaming
MVSU at Eastern Michigan 6:00 p.m. ESPN3
Furman at (12) Michigan State 7:00 p.m. BTN / BTN2Go
Ball State at Georgia State 7:00 p.m. ASN / ESPN3
Colgate at Syracuse 7:00 p.m. WatchESPN
Army at Temple 7:00 p.m. CBSSN
Albany at Buffalo 7:00 p.m. ESPN3
Northwestern State at (23) Baylor 7:30 p.m. FSN / FS Go
Colorado vs. Colorado State (at Denver, CO) 8:00 p.m. ESPN / WatchESPN
Kansas State at (8) Stanford 9:00 p.m. FS1 / FS Go
Toledo at Arkansas State 9:00 p.m. ESPNU / WatchESPN
Cal Poly at Nevada 9:30 p.m. MWN
Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016
Matchup Time (ET) TV / Streaming
Georgia Tech vs. Boston College (in Ireland) 7:30 a.m. ESPN2 / WatchESPN
(3) Oklahoma vs. (15) Houston (at NRG Stadium) Noon ABC / WatchESPN
Bowling Green at (6) Ohio State Noon BTN / BTN2Go
Hawaii at (7) Michigan Noon ESPN / WatchESPN
Boise State at UL Lafayette Noon ASN / ESPN3
EKU at Purdue Noon ESPNNEWS / WatchESPN
Fordham at Navy Noon CBSSN
Howard at Maryland Noon BTN / BTN2Go
Missouri at West Virginia Noon FS1 / FS Go
South Alabama at Mississippi State Noon SECN / WatchESPN
Western Michigan at Northwestern Noon ESPNU / WatchESPN
Liberty at Virginia Tech 12:30 p.m. ACCN / WatchESPN
Villanova at Pittsburgh 1:30 p.m. WatchESPN
Abilene Christian at Air Force 2:00 p.m. MWN
Rutgers at (14) Washington 2:00 p.m. Pac-12N /
(5) LSU vs. Wisconsin (at Green Bay, WI) 3:30 p.m. ABC / WatchESPN
(16) UCLA at Texas A&M 3:30 p.m. CBS /
Miami, OH at (17) Iowa 3:30 p.m. ESPNU / WatchESPN
SE Louisiana at (21) Oklahoma State 3:30 p.m. FSN / FS Go
Kent State at Penn State 3:30 p.m. BTN / BTN2Go
Murray State at Illinois 3:30 p.m. BTN / BTN2Go
Richmond at Virginia 3:30 p.m. WatchESPN
Texas State at Ohio 3:30 p.m. CBSSN
Louisiana Tech at Arkansas 4:00 p.m. SECN / WatchESPN
UC Davis at (24) Oregon 5:00 p.m. Pac-12N /
(18) Georgia vs. (22) North Carolina (at Atlanta, GA) 5:30 p.m. ESPN / WatchESPN
Austin Peay at Troy 6:00 p.m. ESPN3
Florida A&M at Miami (FL) 6:00 p.m. WatchESPN
Hampton at Old Dominion 6:00 p.m. CUSA.TV
NC Central at Duke 6:00 p.m. WatchESPN
Savannah State at Georgia Southern 6:00 p.m. ESPN3
Southern Illinois at Florida Atlantic 6:00 p.m. CUSA.TV ($)
Western Carolina at East Carolina 6:00 p.m. ESPN3
VMI at Akron 6:30 p.m. ESPN3
Alabama A&M at Middle Tennessee 7:00 p.m. CUSA.TV ($)
Alabama State at UTSA 7:00 p.m. KMYS-CW 35
Rhode Island at Kansas 7:00 p.m. ESPN3
San Jose State at Tulsa 7:00 p.m. CBSSN
SE Missouri State at Memphis 7:00 p.m. ESPN3
SMU at North Texas 7:00 p.m. ASN
South Carolina State at UCF 7:00 p.m. ESPN3
Southern at ULM 7:00 p.m. ESPN3
Towson at USF 7:00 p.m. ESPN3
UMass at (25) Florida 7:30 p.m. SECN / WatchESPN
Southern Miss at Kentucky 7:30 p.m. ESPNU / WatchESPN
(20) USC vs. (1) Alabama (at Arlington, TX) 8:00 p.m. ABC / WatchESPN
South Dakota State at (13) TCU 8:00 p.m. FSN / FS Go
EWU at Washington State 8:00 p.m. Pac-12N /
Fresno State at Nebraska 8:00 p.m. BTN / BTN2Go
New Mexico State at UTEP 8:00 p.m. beIN SPORTS
Northern Iowa at Iowa State 8:00 p.m. ($)
Stephen F. Austin at Texas Tech 8:00 p.m. FSN / FS Go
New Hampshire at San Diego State 8:30 p.m. TBA
(2) Clemson at Auburn 9:00 p.m. ESPN / WatchESPN
Arizona vs. BYU (at Glendale, AZ) 10:30 p.m. FS1 / FS Go
Northern Illinois at Wyoming 10:30 p.m. CBSSN
Northern Arizona at Arizona State 10:45 p.m. Pac-12N /
Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016
Matchup Time (ET) TV / Streaming
(10) Notre Dame at Texas 7:30 p.m. ABC / WatchESPN
Monday, Sept. 5, 2016
Matchup Time (ET) TV / Streaming
(11) Ole Miss vs. Florida State (at Orlando, FL) 8:00 p.m. ESPN / WatchESPN