Where: Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI
When: Saturday, October 20, 11:59 PM. ET.
The Hawaii Rainbow Warriors will be trying to rebound from their loss to the BYU Cougars when they face the Nevada Wolf Pack on Saturday night.
Wolf Pack Trying To Snap Two-Game Losing Streak
The Wolf Pack started Mountain West play with a win over Air Force, but they dropped their last two games since that win and will be trying to snap their losing streak when they take on the Rainbow Warriors.
Nevada averages 31.6 points per game, but they struggled offensively in their last two games, scoring an average of 15 points per game. Things won’t get any easier for the Wolf Pack this week going up against a Hawaii team that averages 36.5 points per game.
The Wolf Pack got their passing game back on track in their game against Boise State, after struggling to throw the ball against Fresno State because starting quarterback Ty Gangi missed the game with an injury.
In their game against Fresno State, Cristian Solano, who replaced Gangi, threw for 195 yards and three interceptions. Gangi, who returned to the lineup against the Broncos, completed 24 of 42 passes for 304 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception.
— Nevada Football (@NevadaFootball) October 14, 2018
With the Rainbow Warriors allowing opponents to throw for 244.6 yards per game, Gangi should be able to move the ball effectively against Hawaii.
The Wolf Pack average 151.3 rushing yards per game, but they haven’t run the ball effectively in their last two games, finishing with 132 yards on 43 carries against the Bulldogs, and 82 yards and one touchdown against the Broncos.
If Nevada can’t do a better job on the ground this week, they will struggle to maintain balance on offense and make Hawaii’s defense’s job easier because they can pressure the quarterback for most of the game.
Rainbow Warriors Trying To Stay Perfect In Conference Play
The Rainbow Warriors are coming off a disappointing loss to BYU, in a game they believe they should have won, but ended up losing because they had their worst defensive performance of the season. The team’s high-scoring offense usually bails the defense out when they struggle this season, but they Rainbow Warriors also struggled offensively against the Cougars.
Hawaii will try to put the loss behind them and stay undefeated in conference play when they face the Wolf Pack on Saturday.
The Rainbow Warriors will need a better performance from quarterback Cole McDonald, who has been great this season but looked human against the Cougars, completing 22 of 38 passes for 248 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception.
— Hawaii Football (@HawaiiFootball) October 11, 2018
For the season, McDonald has completed 64 percent of his passes for 2,348 yards, 26 touchdowns, and three interceptions, despite missing one game due to injury. He should have success throwing the ball against a Nevada team that gives up 262.3 passing yards per game.
Even though they don’t run the ball as much because of their success throwing it, the Warriors should also be able to run the ball against the Wolf Pack, who are giving up 143.9 rushing yards per game.
- 5-20-1 ATS in their last 26 home games.
- 7-22 ATS vs. a team with a losing record.
- 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games after allowing more than 40 points in their previous game.
- 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss.
- 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in October.
- 7-3 ATS in their last 10 conference games.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Rainbow Warriors have played well this season, but they have struggled against the spread. They have lost 20 of their last 26 home games and 22 of their last 29 games against teams with losing records, while the Wolf Pack have won four of their last five games following a straight up loss and seven of their last 10 conference games, giving them the edge.
Prediction: Nevada Wolf Pack +3
Full-Game Total Pick
The total has gone under in all four of Nevada’s last four conference games and in four of their last five games against teams with winning records. The total has also gone under in five of Hawaii’s last six games following a loss and seven of their last nine conference games. The fact that the total has gone under in the last five games between the two teams makes it the best bet here.
Prediction: Under 67.5
Half-Time Side Pick
The Wolf Pack average 17.5 points per game in the first half, while the Rainbow Warriors average 16 points per game. The fact that Hawaii is averaging 5.3 points per game in the first half of their last three games, gives the Wolf Pack the edge in the first half of this game.
Prediction: Nevada Wolf Pack +1.5
Half-Time Total Bet
Both teams have struggled offensively in their last three games and are averaging 19 combined points at the half. Even though their offenses will likely play better against each other because neither team is very good defensively, they likely won’t score enough to go over in this game.
Prediction: Under 34.5