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.
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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...
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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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.
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.
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.
|BOWL||DATE||TIME / TV||LOCATION||MATCHUP|
|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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