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#199 San Jose State at #200 Hawaii
When and where: Nov. 9, 2019. Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HA, 11 p.m.
Hawaii and San Jose State are both in contention for bowl bids as Hawaii has five wins and San Jose State has four. This game could be a crossroads for their individual seasons. Both teams lost last week and need a win to get back on track.
Spartans have tough road trip
Traveling to Hawaii is always a long, tough trip, and this year is no different as the Rainbow Warriors are 3-2 at home.
The Spartans have a good offense led by quarterback Josh Love, averaging 408 yards per game, including 325.1 through the air. Love has thrown 17 touchdown passes compared to four interceptions. The ground game is led by DeJon Packer, who has rushed for only 284 yards, but has scored seven touchdowns.
Last week, the Spartans lost a heart-breaker to Boise State, 52-42, in a game in which they led most of the way. Boise State scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter to take the lead. Love passed for 438 yards and two touchdowns and Tre Walker caught nine balls for 193 yards.
Rainbow Warriors have a potent offense
Hawaii is averaging 496.2 yards per game, ranking 11th nationally. They rush for 142.7 yards and pass for 356.6 yards. Cole McDonald sparks the offense at quarterback with 2,796 yards, including 25 touchdown and 12 interceptions. Miles Reed has rushed for 44 yards and Cedric Byrd II has scored nine touchdowns with 786 receiving yards.
Last week, Hawaii lost to conference foe Fresno State, 41-38. Against the Bulldogs, McDonald passed for 275 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
On the season, Hawaii has the 11th-ranked offense in total yards with 496.2 yards per game and are third in passing yards with 353.6. They score 36.8 points per game (20th). The defense, however, is ranked 108th with 446.2 yards per game allowed and they also give up 36 points per game (122th).
• Rainbow Warriors are 5-1 ATS in their last six games after accumulating more than 450 yards in their last game
The supporting trends for this game, found on Covers.com, are:
• Spartans are 6-15-2 ATS in their last 23 games after accumulating more than 280 yards in their previous game
• Spartans are 1-4 ATS in their last five games after scoring more than 40 points in their last game
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Hawaii is 3-2 at home, including wins early in the season against Arizona and Oregon State, but since then they have lost two straight at home against conference opponents.
The Spartans are 2-2 on the road, but only 1-4 in conference play. Love and the Spartans offense should be able to score a lot of points, but not quite as much as McDonald and the Rainbow Warriors.
Take Hawaii -7
Prediction: Hawaii -7
Full-Game Total Pick
At home, Hawaii is averaging 35 points per game but are also allowing 35.8 points on defense. On the other hand, San Jose State is scoring 31.8 points per game on the road, but allowing 33.8.
So this is a game with two very potent offenses and two very porous defenses. Sounds like a recipe for a lot of points being score.
Take Over 77
Prediction: Over 77