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Hawaii Bowl Odds - Houston Cougars vs Fresno State Bulldogs

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NCAA Fresno State vs Houston Football Prediction - Hawaii Bowl Odds


When: Dec. 24, 2017 - 8:30pm ET ( ESPN )

Where: Honolulu, Hawaii - Honolulu's Aloha Stadium

Who: Houston Cougars vs Fresno State Bulldogs

The great Canadian scholar, Drake summed up the 2017 season for Fresno State the best.

They started from the bottom, now they're here.

Fresno State was one of the worst teams in college football last season, going just 1-11 and finishing dead last in the MWC. This year, Jeff Tedford came in and reworked the entire program, leading the Bulldogs to a 9-4 record, including an appearance in the Mountain West Championship Game.

The turnaround was truly remarkable, and it was perhaps in the two games at the start of the season against Alabama and Washington that the Bulldogs showed it the most. They covered both games against last year's College Football Playoff participants, and they went on to win eight of their next nine games from there.

Fresno State had a hiccup against UNLV as a 22-point favorite at home, but it also took care of business three times as underdogs against New Mexico, San Diego State and Boise State.

Houston had one of the more notable upsets of the season when it took care of South Florida's winning streak down in Tampa. The Cougars didn't really have a great season by their own lofty standards, but the win over the Bulls is what effectively got them here to the Hawaii Bowl.

A Week 2 win over Arizona looks a lot better now than it did at that point, and the win at the end of the season against Navy was a nice one, too.

There are plenty of questions about Houston's pass defense to answer before the Hawaii Bowl, but the team is still understandably a favorite in the game.

The Bulldogs haven't won a bowl game since 2007, going 0-7 since that point.

Major Applewhite lost his first bowl game with the Cougars last year at the Las Vegas Bowl, but he was still just the interim coach at that point.

Hawaii Bowl Prediction - Houston Cougars vs Fresno State Bulldogs

Need some NCAA Hawaii Bowl betting picks to cash in big this holiday season?

Well you've come to the right place, as we get set to preview each college bowl and picks on this year's Hawaii Bowl Game.

Opening Line: Houston -2

Preview: When you think of the Fresno State Bulldogs and Houston Cougars you probably think of offense, but in this year’s Hawaii Bowl on Sunday, December 24 on ESPN, it could be defense that rules the day. The Bulldogs come into this game at 9-4, while the Cougars are 7-4. Fresno allows just over 17 points per game, good for 9th best in the country, while Houston gives up 23 points per contest. Houston is listed as a 2.5-point favorite, with the total at 50.5. Continue...

Hawaii Bowl Sports Betting Odds

The NCAA Hawaii Bow promises some great College football betting action, on Christmas eve, Dec. 24th at 8:30 p.m. ET, on ESPN, but that is only 3:30 pm in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The football betting action is set to happen in the Hawaiian Airlines Field, Aloha Stadium in Honolulu on Christmas Eve and that matches a team from the Mountain West against a team from Conference USA or a Pac-12 team competing for a coveted season-ending title.

As part of the bowl charter, a "Hawaii guarantee" allows the University of Hawaii an automatic bid to the bowl provided it is bowl eligible and if Hawaii is not eligible then another Mountain West team receives the bid.

It's no coincidence that the WAC team tended to be the University of Hawaii Warriors. However, since Hawaii left the WAC for the Mountain West Conference, tradition may be taking a detour for the permanent future.

The Hawaii Warriors had appeared in six of the ten Hawaii Bowls and No matter who appears this years Hawaii Bowl game, it is always exciting to bet on.

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Hawaii Bowl Betting Tips

One of the first things to look for when examining the college football bowl odds is the current form of the teams. Some teams are coming into the bowl game playing very well, while others are coming in flat or disappointed.

Motivation is a big key factor when it comes to looking at college football bowl betting lines, we also have to look at other things.

Schedule strength, turnovers, recent form, and overall team power ratings are things to consider as the bowl games begin. You also want to take the individual game odds into consideration.

Hawaii Bowl History

This bowl was founded in 2002 by ESPN Regional, the marketing arm of the sports network, in partnership with the University of Hawaii, the Western Athletic Conference and Conference USA.

Aloha Stadium is home to the University of Hawaii's Warriors football team and hosts a multitude of other events including NFL Pro Bowl, baseball games, soccer matches, concerts, car shows, fairs and a swap meet - a popular shopping site for residents and tourists.

The first Hula Bowl All-Star Classic was played on January 5, 1946, marking the beginning of a post-season bowl game that has spanned seven decades and launched the professional careers of countless football greats. That inaugural game, founded by the legendary Hawaii sports promoter Mackay "Shogun of Sports" Yanagisawa, featured local Hawaiian All-Stars taking on a national "college" team. Much has changed, however, but the Aloha spirit of the game has remained the same.

One thing that has remained constant about the Hula Bowl is the incredible players that come to Hawaii year after year. Over the past 59 years, the Hula Bowl has seen such Heisman Trophy winners as Johnny Rogers, Jim Plunkett, Tony Dorsett, Billy Sims, Mike Garrett, Steve Owens, Rashaan Salaam, Danny Wuerffel, Ricky Williams, Ron Dayne, and Eric Crouch.

In 1997, the Hula Bowl joined forces with the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), the Downtown Athletic Club (home of the Heisman Trophy Award) and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes to create one of the strongest alliances among the post-season bowls. That game featured Notre Dames' Lou Holtz being upstaged by Florida State's Bobby Bowden, as Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel led his South squad to a 26-13 victory.

1998 brought dramatic changes for the Hula Bowl and its fans when the game moved to Maui, bringing the bowl into its present form. This move proved at the time to be a winning combination, as it gave the players an opportunity to play on natural grass in a beautiful setting.

Since 1998 there have been a number of exciting games led by well known collegiate players such as Drew Brees and not so well known Japanese players from the Kansai and Kantoh Football Associations in Japan. In the 2002 game alone 78 players were drafted or signed by an NFL team. Coaches and fans alike have seen some of the best players play their final collegiate game in the beautiful state of Hawaii; what a storied tradition it has been and will continue to be.

2013 Sheraton Hawaii Bowl Winner

Oregon State and Boise State took to Aloha Stadium for the 2013 Hawaii Bowl and they did not disappoint.

The Beavers came out hot with a 31 point first half allowing Boise State just 2 field goals.

Though Boise State would hold Oregon State to just 7 points in the second half, the Broncos were unable to pull ahead falling to the Beavers 38-23.

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Listed below are links to each NCAA Football Bowl Game

CELEBRATION BOWL Dec. 16, 2017 12 p.m. ET on ABC Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia North Carolina A&T vs Grambling State
NEW ORLEANS BOWL Dec. 16, 2017 1 p.m. ET on ESPN Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana Troy vs North Texas
CURE BOWL Dec. 16, 2017 2:30 p.m. ET on CBS Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida Georgia State vs Western Kentucky
LAS VEGAS BOWL Dec. 16, 2017 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, Nevada Oregon vs No. 25 Boise State
NEW MEXICO BOWL Dec. 16, 2017 4:30 p.m. ET on ESPN Dreamstyle Stadium, Albuquerque, NM Marshall vs Colorado State
CAMELLIA BOWL Dec. 16, 2017 8 p.m. ET on ESPN Cramton Bowl, Montgomery, Alabama  Middle Tennessee vs Arkansas State
BOCA RATON BOWL Dec. 19, 2017 7 p.m. ET on ESPN FAU Stadium, Boca Raton, Florida Akron vs Florida Atlantic
FRISCO BOWL Dec. 20, 2017 8 p.m. ET on ESPN Toyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas SMU vs Louisiana Tech
GASPARILLA BOWL Dec. 21, 2017 8 p.m. ET on ESPN Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida Temple vs Florida International
BAHAMAS BOWL Dec. 22, 2017 12:30 p.m. ET on ESPN Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium, Nassau, Bahamas UAB vs Ohio
FAMOUS IDAHO POTATO BOWL Dec. 22, 2017 4 p.m. ET on ESPN Lyle Smith Field at Albertsons Stadium, Boise, Idaho Wyoming vs Central Michigan
BIRMINGHAM BOWL Dec. 23, 2017 12 p.m. ET on ESPN Legion Field, Birmingham, Alabama Texas Tech vs South Florida
ARMED FORCES BOWL Dec. 23, 2017 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, Texas Army vs San Diego State
DOLLAR GENERAL BOWL Dec. 23, 2017 7 p.m. ET on ESPN Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Alabama Appalachian State vs Toledo
HAWAI'I BOWL Dec. 24, 2017 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawai'i Fresno State vs Houston
HEART OF DALLAS BOWL Dec. 26, 2017 1:20 p.m. ET on ESPN Cotton Bowl, Dallas, Texas Utah vs West Virginia
QUICK LANE BOWL Dec. 26, 2017 5:15 p.m. ET on ESPN Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan Duke vs Northern Illinois
CACTUS BOWL Dec. 26, 2017 10 p.m. ET on ESPN Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona Kansas State vs UCLA
INDEPENDENCE BOWL Dec. 27, 2017 1:30 p.m. ET on ESPN Independence Stadium, Shreveport, Louisiana Florida State vs Southern Miss
PINSTRIPE BOWL Dec. 27, 2017 5:15 p.m. ET on ESPN Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York Boston College vs Iowa
FOSTER FARMS BOWL Dec. 27, 2017 8:30 p.m. ET on FOX Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, California Arizona vs Purdue
TEXAS BOWL Dec. 27, 2017 9 p.m. ET on ESPN NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas Texas vs Missouri
MILITARY BOWL Dec. 28, 2017 1:30 p.m. ET on ESPN Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, Maryland Virginia vs Navy
CAMPING WORLD BOWL Dec. 28, 2017 5:15 p.m. ET on ESPN Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida Oklahoma State vs Virginia Tech
ALAMO BOWL Dec. 28, 2017 9 p.m. ET on ESPN Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas Stanford vs TCU
HOLIDAY BOWL Dec. 28, 2017 9 p.m. ET on FOX Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California Michigan State vs Washington State
BELK BOWL Dec. 29, 2017 1 p.m. ET on ESPN Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina  Wake Forest vs Texas A&M
SUN BOWL Dec. 29, 2017 2 p.m. ET on CBS Sun Bowl, El Paso, Texas NC State vs Arizona State
MUSIC CITY BOWL Dec. 29, 2017 4:30 p.m. ET on ESPN Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee Kentucky vs Northwestern
ARIZONA BOWL Dec. 29, 2017 5:30 p.m. ET on CBS Arizona Stadium, Tucson, Arizona Utah State vs New Mexico State
COTTON BOWL CLASSIC Dec. 29, 2017 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas USC vs Ohio State
TAXSLAYER BOWL Dec. 30, 2017 12 p.m. ET EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Florida Louisville vs Mississippi State 
LIBERTY BOWL Dec. 30, 2017 12:30 p.m. ET on ABC Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis, Tennessee  Iowa State vs Memphis
FIESTA BOWL Dec. 30, 2017 4 p.m. ET on ESPN University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona Washington vs Penn State
ORANGE BOWL Dec. 30, 2017 8 p.m. ET on ESPN Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida Wisconsin vs Miami
OUTBACK BOWL Jan. 1, 2018 12 p.m. ET on ESPN2  Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida Michigan vs South Carolina
PEACH BOWL Jan. 1, 2018 12:30 p.m. ET on ESPN Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia Auburn vs UCF
CITRUS BOWL Jan. 1, 2018 1 p.m. ET on ABC Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida Notre Dame vs LSU
ROSE BOWL (CFP SEMIFINAL) Jan. 1, 2018 5 p.m. ET on ESPN Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California No. 2 Oklahoma vs No. 3 Georgia
SUGAR BOWL (CFP SEMIFINAL) Jan. 1, 2018 8:45 p.m. ET on ESPN Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana No. 1 Clemson vs No. 4 Alabama 
NCAA FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP Jan. 8, 2018 8 p.m. ET on ESPN Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia TBD vs TBD

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