Venue: Sheraton Hawaii Bowl Game
When: Thu., Dec. 24, 2016 - 8:00pm ET / ESPN
Where: Honolulu, Hawaii - Honolulu's Aloha Stadium
Who: Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders vs Hawaii Warriors
Your fun fact of the day: The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders are the first team in the history of college football to play in two different bowl games off the mainland of the United States in successive years. Last year, they lost the Bahamas Bowl against Western Michigan. This year, they're trying to rebound in the Hawaii Bowl versus the host school, the Hawaii Warriors.
The big question at the Hawaii Bowl is whether quarterback Brock Stockstill will be ready to play in this game or not. He was originally ruled out for the season with a broken collarbone in November, but he's healing nicely and is expecting to be back in the saddle for this game against a Hawaii team that went just 6-7 and struggled mightily down the stretch of the season. If the Blue Raiders are healthy, it's hard to forecast this as anything but a relatively resounding blowout for the de facto visitors.
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Preview: There's no arguing that the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders can be one of the most dangerous teams in college football on the offensive end of the field. But they also have some major injury concerns heading into the Hawaii Bowl against the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors, and they're also going to have to get through the fact that they're playing a road game here on Christmas Eve night. Continue...
The NCAA Hawaii Bow promises some great College football betting action, on Christmas eve, Dec. 24th at 8:00 p.m. ET, on ESPN, but that is only 3:00 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.
*Note: All times Eastern
|New Mexico Bowl||Dec. 17||2 p.m.||Albuquerque, N.M.||New Mexico vs. UTSA|
|Las Vegas Bowl||Dec. 17||3:30 p.m.||Las Vegas, Nev.||Houston vs. San Diego St.|
|Camellia Bowl||Dec. 17||5:30 p.m.||Montgomery, Ala.||Appalachian St. vs. Toledo|
|Cure||Dec. 17||5:30 p.m.||Orlando, Fla.||Arkansas St. vs. UCF|
|New Orleans Bowl||Dec. 17||9 p.m.||New Orleans, La.||Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Southern Mississippi|
|Miami Beach Bowl||Dec. 19||2:30 p.m.||Miami, Fla.||Central Michigan vs. Tulsa|
|Boca Raton Bowl||Dec. 20||7 p.m.||Boca Raton, Fla.||West. Kentucky vs. Memphis|
|Poinsettia Bowl||Dec. 21||9 p.m.||San Diego, Calif.||BYU vs. Wyoming|
|Potato Bowl||Dec. 22||7 p.m.||Boise, Idaho||Colorado St. vs. Idaho|
|Bahamas Bowl||Dec. 23||1 p.m.||Nassau, Bahamas||Eastern Michigan vs. Old Dominion|
|Armed Forces Bowl||Dec. 23||4:30 p.m.||Fort Worth, Tex.||Louisiana Tech vs. Navy|
|Dollar General||Dec. 23||8 p.m.||Mobile, Ala.||Ohio vs. Troy|
|Hawaii Bowl||Dec. 24||8 p.m.||Honolulu, Hawaii||Hawaii vs. Middle Tennessee|
|St. Petersburg Bowl||Dec. 26||11 a.m.||St. Petersburg, Fla.||Miami (OH) vs. Mississippi St.|
|Quick Lane Bowl||Dec. 26||2:30 p.m.||Detroit, Mich.||Boston College vs. Maryland|
|Independence Bowl||Dec. 26||5 p.m.||Shreveport, La.||NC State vs. Vanderbilt|
|Heart of Dallas Bowl||Dec. 27||Noon||Dallas, Texas||Army vs. North Texas|
|Military Bowl||Dec. 27||3:30 p.m.||Annapolis, Md.||Temple vs. Wake Forest|
|Holiday Bowl||Dec. 27||7 p.m.||San Diego, Calif.||Minnesota vs. Wash. St.|
|Cactus Bowl||Dec. 27||10:15 p.m.||Phoenix, Ariz.||Baylor vs. Boise State|
|Pinstripe Bowl||Dec. 28||2 p.m.||New York, NY||Northwestern vs. Pittsburgh|
|Russell Athletic Bowl||Dec. 28||5:30 p.m.||Orlando, Fla.||Miami (Fla.) vs. West Virginia|
|Foster Farms Bowl||Dec. 28||8:30 p.m.||Santa Clara, Calif.||Indiana vs. Utah|
|Texas||Dec. 28||9 p.m.||Houston, Texas||Kansas St. vs. Texas A&M|
|Birmingham Bowl||Dec. 29||2 p.m.||Birmingham, Ala.||South Carolina vs. South Fla.|
|Belk Bowl||Dec. 29||5:30 p.m.||Charlotte, N.C.||Arkansas vs. Virginia Tech|
|Alamo Bowl||Dec. 29||9 p.m.||San Antonio, Texas||Colorado vs. Oklahoma St.|
|Arizona||Dec. 30||5:30 p.m.||Tucson, Ariz.||Air Force vs. South Alabama|
|Liberty Bowl||Dec. 30||Noon||Memphis, Tenn.||Georgia vs. TCU|
|Sun Bowl||Dec. 30||2 p.m.||El Paso, Texas||North Carolina vs. Stanford|
|Music City Bowl||Dec. 30||3:30 p.m.||Nashville, Tenn.||Nebraska vs. Tennessee|
|Orange Bowl||Dec. 30||8 p.m.||Miami Gardens, Fla.||Florida State vs. Michigan|
|Peach Bowl College Football Playoff Semifinal||Dec. 31||3 p.m.||Atlanta, Ga.||Alabama vs. Washington|
|Fiesta Bowl College Football Playoff Semifinal||Dec. 31||7 p.m.||Glendale, Ariz.||Clemson vs. Ohio State|
|TaxSlayer Bowl||Dec. 31||11 a.m.||Jacksonville, Fla.||Georgia Tech vs. Kentucky|
|Citrus Bowl||Dec. 31||11 a.m.||Orlando, Fla.||Louisville vs. LSU|
|Outback Bowl||Jan. 2||1 p.m.||Tampa, Fla.||Florida vs. Iowa|
|Cotton Bowl||Jan. 2||1 p.m.||Arlington, Texas||Western Mich. vs. Wisconsin|
|Rose Bowl||Jan. 2||5 p.m.||Pasadena, Calif.||Penn State vs. USC|
|Sugar Bowl||Jan. 2||8:30 p.m.||New Orleans, La.||Auburn vs. Oklahoma|
|CFP National Championship||Jan. 9||TBD||Tampa, Fla.||Peach Winner vs. Fiesta Winner|
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