Louisiana Tech (7-5) is the underdog against Hawaii (8-5) in the Hawaii Bowl at Aloha Stadium on Saturday (December 22, 2018, 22:30ET).
The spread started at a narrow -1.0 points for the Rainbow Warriors. The over/under for this game is set at 61.0 points.
Louisiana Tech quarterback J’mar Smith completed 56.9% of his passes this season for 2,873 yards and 14 touchdowns. Jaqwis Dancy gained 687 yards from scrimmage and rushed for 9 touchdowns, averaging a good 5.6 yards per carry.
As a squad, the team gained 373.3 yards per game and scored 24.2 points per game. The defense allowed 350.9 yards and 23.8 points per game, while Jaylon Ferguson led the way with 15 sacks this season.
The Rainbow Warriors offense features QB Cole McDonald, who passed for 3,790 yards and 35 TD’s this season. McDonald completed 59.3% of his passes, which works out to a passer rating of 149.3. Dayton Furuta ran for 610 yards and 2 touchdowns, averaging a reliable 5.0 yards per carry.
Altogether, Hawaii averaged 435.1 yards per game and 32.1 points. The defense allowed 438.7 yards and 35.4 points per game. Kaimana Padello scored 8 sacks this season.
Hawaii Bowl Betting Advice
Neither of these teams really stands out on either side of the ball, so betting the over/under is tough. The over is 4-8 in Louisiana Tech games this season, which is enticing. The Hawaii over is an enticing 8-5 this season. Betting the over/under(set at 61.0) could be the way to find value in this game.