Hawaii Rainbow Warriors vs. Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders
Date and Time: Saturday, December 24, 2016, 8 p.m. ET
Location: Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI
Hawaii Bowl Odds at BetDSI
Hawaii vs. Middle Tennessee TV Coverage: ESPN
The Rainbow Warriors are back in a bowl game for the first time in more than five years. Hawaii was not a team that scored a lot of points as they averaged just 26 per game while they gave up more than 37 per contest. If this game turns into a shootout then Hawaii is likely to lose as they won just two games this season when giving up more than 30 points.
Middle Tennessee is more than happy to have a high scoring game as they averaged 40 points per game. They won their last two games even with injuries to quarterbacks Brent Stockstill and John Urzua. Stockstill is coming back from a collarbone injury and all indications are that he will be ready for this game.
"Brent has had a good week of practice and we are very optimistic he will play," said head coach Rick Stockstill. "He has had a couple of positive checkups and we are preparing like he will be under center for us come Saturday."
Stockstill has already set school records with 57 career touchdown passes and 13 300-yard passing games. He leads an offense that puts up 515.7 yards per game and is 12th in passing offense with 317 yards passing per game.
The Rainbow Warriors are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games. The Rainbow Warriors are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Conference USA. The Rainbow Warriors are 1-6 ATS vs. a team with a winning record. The Blue Raiders are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 bowl games. The Blue Raiders are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games.
The Over is 6-1 in the Rainbow Warriors last 7 games in December. The Over is 5-1 in the Rainbow Warriors last 6 vs. Conference USA. The Over is 13-4 in the Rainbow Warriors last 17 games overall. The Over is 6-1 in the Blue Raiders last 7 games overall.
Hawaii vs. Middle Tennessee Free Picks
As long as Stockstill plays as expected then I don’t see Hawaii having much of a chance to keep this close. I will lay the odds at BetDSI and take Middle Tennessee in this contest.
Hawaii vs. Middle Tennessee ATS Pick: Middle Tennessee minus the points at BetDSI
Hawaii vs. Middle Tennessee Score Prediction: Middle Tennessee 45, Hawaii 24