Cal defeats UH in 2016 football season-opener

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Long travel for Hawaii is expected even in scheduled league games and going to Sydney is an exciting experience but then going to MI and Arizona in consecutive weeks will take a toll on this team, and possibly the fan base as it is expected the Warriors will not win any of those games.

The kickoff of the 2016 college football season is set to be played in the 80,000+ seat Sydney Olympic Stadium at 9 p.m. central USA time on Friday night, but official Australian time will put the kick right at noon on Saturday. But it's the first game of the college football, so darn it, I'm going to make one.

A Rainbow Warriors spokesman said just before the game began that safety Daniel Lewis Jr., linebacker Jerrol Garcia-Williams and tight end Metuisela Unga were not with the team at the Olympic stadium.

Get all kinds of college football stories, rumors, game coverage, and Jim Harbaugh oddity in your inbox every day. They have three backs who probably will combine for more than 2,000 yards and help in the offense.

Sonny Dykes, in his fourth year coaching Cal (13-23 record overall, 7-5 in 2015) was initially concerned about the travel to Australia and the ensuing jet lag and recovery time. Second, it started with an onside kick. The 2002 team, which won 10 games, posted 25 turnovers and set a school record for defensive scoring (32), including four pick-sixes. Tailback Khalfani Muhammad scored the first touchdown of the game on a 34-yard run and was approaching 100 yards rushing late in the game.

But Webb, who replaced Jared Goff - the No. 1 overall National Football League draft pick by the Los Angeles Rams - helped move Cal into control in the second quarter.

The two teams have been in Australia all week in preparation for the game with Hawaii flying home only to turn around and at MI in the Wolverines' season opener at the Big House next Saturday.

Nick Rolovich is having a blast with the team by injecting a lot of fun in the program to loosen players up.

"I had to get him his visa", Hubbard said. Told the Golden Bears were 20-point favorites coming into the match, Rolovich said: "It's a funny-shaped ball, it can bounce different ways". Cal beat SDSU 35-7 previous year and holds a 4-3 head-to-head edge in games since 1982. Pro Bettor Ralph Michaels breaks down California vs. Hawaii - with host Brad Powers at the Pregame.com Studios in Las Vegas.

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