WhatIfSports California vs. Hawaii prediction: Golden Bears win in Sydney

December 24, 2016

Each Monday, WhatIfSports.com's college football simulation engine generates predictions for every Division I FBS game for the coming week. Our highly sophisticated algorithms simulate every play of every game to produce each team's likelihood to win. 

Check back next Monday for the rest of WhatIfSports.com's Week 1 predictions, including No. 3 Oklahoma vs. No. 15 Houston, No. 18 Georgia vs. No. 22 North Carolina, No. 20 USC vs. No. 1 Alabama and No. 11 Ole Miss vs. No. 4 Florida State.

2015 in Review

There were 870 games during the 2015 college football season that involved at least one FBS program, and WhatIfSports generated predictions for all of them. In regular season and conference championship games, the college football simulation engine accurately predicted 663 out of 829 games (80.0 percent success rate). When looking at AP Top 25 teams only, the record was 249-60 (80.6 percent). In conference championship games, the engine was a perfect 8-0.

During bowl season, the simulation engine was 27-14, accurately predicting each College Football Playoff Semifinal, but missing the National Championship prediction.

For more on our 2015 performance, view our week-by-week accuracy, including Game of the Week and Upset picks.

California vs. Hawaii

Week 1 of the college football season and we begin our simulations in Australia, naturally. Wait, what? Yes, Hawaii and Cal will play in Sydney on Friday night (Saturday in Australia). I'm not sure our predictions have such a significant time zone factor, but I do know that Cal is projected to win 71.8 percent of the time by an average score of 33.3-25.4.

Former Texas Tech quarterback, Davis Webb, will do his best to replace Jared Goff at Cal. Webb threw for over 2,500 yards in each of his first two seasons as a Red Raider. He then was forced to hand over the QB position after injuring his shoulder in 2014. Patrick Mahomes took the job and ran with it.

The Rainbow Warriors' biggest threat offensively is wide receiver Marcus Kemp. The senior has caught 103 passes for 1,470 yards and five TDs in his college career.

California vs. Hawaii Prediction
Matchup Win % Avg. Score  
California Golden Bears 71.8 33.3 Box Score
@ Hawaii Rainbow Warriors 28.2 25.4  

For more statistics, view our weekly college football predictions.