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The Air Force Falcons are heading to Honolulu to face the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors from the Aloha Stadium for a Saturday night match-up. Both teams have dominated defenses with their contrasting methods: the Falcons on the ground and Hawaii in the air. Who will dominate this game?
Falcons too good for Fresno State in stellar second halfForm
The Falcons have fallen to two superior opponents so far this season: first a 30-19 loss to Boise State and then a 34-25 defeat to Navy. Apart from these two games, the Falcons have shown off their experience and depth. In their last game, the Falcons breezed past Fresno State 43-24.
The Falcons were actually trailing 24-22 at the half, before a sensational second half saw them score 21 and concede 0. Donald Hammond III ran for two touchdowns and threw for one. Kyle Johnson returned a pick for a score.
What was said?
"During the first half, we hung in there," Fresno State coach Jeff Tedford said. "But the second half we couldn't get off the field defensively, and we couldn't sustain drives on offense."
The Falcons have been sensational on the ground this season: they average 296.5 passing yards per game, which puts them second in the country. It's only because of their efficiency on the ground that they've respectable offensive stats (averaging 34.3 points per game).
Hawaii continue dominance in the airForm
Like the Falcons, the Rainbow Warriors have only been beaten by teams superior to them this season. They have suffered defeats to No. 23 Washington and then No. 14 Boise State in their previous game. They've had very promising results too, including wins against Arizona and Nevada.
What was said?
"The defense played well in the first half but awful field position," Hawaii coach Nick Rolovich said. "We gave them some real short plays and they took advantage of it. Our defense didn't play nearly as poorly as the score indicated, but in the second half we gave up some really big plays that we uncharacteristic for us."
#HawaiiFB is finally back home this weekend to take on Air Force. Hear from coach and a couple of players to get ready for Saturday!
— Hawaii Football (@HawaiiFootball) October 16, 2019
If the Falcons have been great on the ground, Hawaii have been sensational in the air, ironic as that statement is. The Rainbow Warriors average 351.5 yards passing, which puts them fourth in the country.
Hawaii Rainbow Warriors are: No key trends
Air Force Falcons are:
- 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win.
- 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games after accumulating less than 170 yards passing in their previous game.
- 6-19-1 ATS in their last 26 conference games.
- 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games on fieldturf.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
This is a tough prediction to make because both sides are very good at one important facet. However, it looks like Hawaii are slightly better off in a few factors that could really matter. Firstly, they have home advantage, which means the road team has traveled a fair distance to get to Honolulu. Secondly, Hawaii are coming off a bunch of great results, including the absolute thrashing of Nevada. This could make a difference.
Prediction: Hawaii Rainbow Warriors +3
Full-Game Total Pick
Yards per attempt is a great KPI (Key Performance Indicator) to determine totals for college football. The Falcons average 11 yards per offensive attempt, while Hawaii averages eight yards. The Falcons offense rack up 425 yards of offense and Hawaii accumulate average 474 yards, taking their combined tally to close to 900 yards. Expect many touchdowns and many points.
Prediction: Over 64