BYU vs Hawaii 2019 Hawaii Bowl Odds, Preview & Pick

BYU vs Hawaii 2019 Hawaii Bowl Odds, Preview & Pick

Written by on December 23, 2019

The Hawaii Rainbow Warriors and BYU Cougars will both be looking to cap off their respective 2019 campaigns with a season-ending victory when they square off in the 2019 Hawaii Bowl on Tuesday. With both teams looking to bounce back from losses in their respective last contests, let’s find out which team is offering the best value against their college football odds.

BYU vs Hawaii 2019 Hawaii Bowl Odds, Preview & Pick

 

Weather Forecast

  • Mostly Cloudy: 28°C/82°F
  • Humidity: 59%
  • Precipitation: 14%
  • Wind: 10 mph SSE
  • Cloud Cover:  78%
  • Type of Stadium: Open

Why Bet On BYU?

The Cougars might be on the road in this matchup, but there are several good reasons to back the Cougars to get it done. First, BYU has the better defense in this contest in limiting the opposition to 24.4 points per contest (48th) while Hawaii gives up 31.7 points per game (97th). Then, there’s the fact that BYU has not allowed more than 25 points in each of their last six games, combined with the fact that the Cougars should have ample motivation after falling to San Diego State 13-3 in their regular season finale.

“We played them last year, but they’re a different team now,” BYU coach Kalani Sitake said. “They’re really balanced and a tough team. They play physical. I think it will be a good matchup for our guys.”

The bad news is that quarterback Zach Wilson has an awful performance by committing three turnovers to cancel out a  season-high 316 yards passing against the Aztecs, combined with the fact that the Cougars have dropped four of their last nine while getting held to 23 points or less in each defeat.

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Why Bet On Hawaii?

The Rainbow Warriors might be underdogs in this matchup, but there are a number of good reasons to back the Rainbow Warriors in this matchup. Hawaii can reach the double-digit win mark for the first time since 2010, so there definitely shouldn’t be a lack of motivation. Then, there’s the fact that the Rainbow Warriors have gone 6-2 at home this year in this matchup is a home contest. Another great reason to back Hawaii is the fact that they’ve got the huge edge at quarterback in Cole McDonald after the strong-armed junior tossed 39 TD passes and 14 interceptions while completing 64.1 percent of his passes for 3,642 yards. Hawaii is coming off a humbling 31-10 beatdown loss against Boise State in the Mountain West title game, but the Rainbow Warriors have the more dangerous offense in putting up 33.6 points per game (33rd) compared to BYU’s more modest 28.0 points per game (72nd). The bad news is that McDonald topped 250 passing yards just once in the final six games.

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Expert Analysis and Prediction

BYU might be favored and the Cougars might have the better defense in this matchup, but I like the way Hawaii has played all season long and I’m expecting the Rainbow Warriors to show up with a great effort in front of their home fans in this matchup. I know the Cougars are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games following a straight up loss while Hawaii has gone an uninspiring 7-19 ATS in their last 26 games against a team with a winning record and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 bowl games, but again, I’m going with the explosive Rainbow warriors to get it done behind a fantastic effort from quarterback Cole McDonald.

Pick: Hawaii 31 BYU 28

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