San Diego State vs. Cincinnati Hawaii Bowl Odds Preview

Posted by Alex Murphy on December 22, 2015 in

The San Diego State Aztecs will look to close out their 2015 season on a stellar 10-game winning streak when they battle the Cincinnati Bearcats in the 2015 Hawaii Bowl on Christmas Eve. Now, let’s find out if the Aztecs can pull off the college football betting ‘upset’ over a Bearcats team that defined the word ‘inconsistent’ this season.

How To Bet the Aztecs vs Bearcats 2015 Hawaii Bowl Odds, TV & Game Info

When: Thursday, December 24, 8:00 PM ET
Where: Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii
NCAAF Odds: Cincinnati -2.5
Over/Under: 57

Bet The San Diego State Aztecs at +2.5 Because…

They’re red-hot right now and have a stupendous defense! The Aztecs (10-3 SU, 7-5-1 1ATS) are on fire, having won nine straight games coming into this contest including their nard-fought 27-24 win over Air Force on Dec. 5. San Diego State has averaged a solid 31.4 points this season and have committed just a dozen turnovers on the season. Quarterback Maxwell Smith has completed a modest 55.0 percent of his passes with 13 touchdowns and just two interceptions. Gifted running back Donne Pumphrey leads the Aztecs’ rushing  attack with a stellar 1,554, yards and 16 touchdowns while adding 27 catches and three more scores.

More importantly, the Aztecs have one of the very best defenses in the country as they limit their opponents to just 17.2 points per game, good for 10th in the nation.

Bet The Cincinnati Bearcats at -2.5 Because…

They can score with almost any team in the country! The Cincinnati Bearcats (7-5 SU, 6-6 ATS) alternated SU wins and losses over their last five games but managed to get past East Carolina 19-16 in their regular season final to gain a tad of momentum coming into this contest. 

The Bearcats have a fairly explosive offense that averages a stellar 36.1 points per game (24th) behind quarterback Gunner Kiel’s 19 touchdown passes and 65.2 percent completion rate. Defensively, Cincinnati allows a whopping 30.2 points (88th) 414.7 yards per game.

My Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction

I have absolutely no idea why Cincinnati is favored in this contest, but the fact of the matter is that they shouldn’t be – and they’re not winning this contest! San Diego State has gone a near-perfect 8-1 ATS in their last nine games and a robust 6-1 ATS in their last seven games following an SU win. Cincinnati has gone 0-3-1 ATS over their last four games in the month of December and a woeful 1-7 ATS in their last eight non-conference games.

With the Bearcats also going 2-6 ATS in their last eight bowl games, I say San Diego State is the easy pick!

My Pick: San Diego State 31 Cincinnati 21