Most bowl games are played in neutral locations, but the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors catch a break in that they will get to play in the Hawaii Bowl. Their matchup against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs is expected to be a close one and the Rainbow Warriors are hoping the crowd and the comfort of home will help lift them to the victory.
Louisiana Tech ended the season in a rut but is hoping some time off shakes it out of that funk. The Bulldogs have to make a long trip for this game but are aiming to put together a solid performance to close out the season. Hawaii might be the slightest of favorites but this matchup looks like it could definitely go either way in NCAA football gambling.
This NCAA football game between the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors and Louisiana Tech Bulldogs will be held at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii at 10:30 p.m ET on Saturday, December 22nd, 2018. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN.
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Hawaii is entering this matchup as the 1-point favorite with -105 vig. The oddsmakers believe Louisiana Tech has a slight talent advantage but the location gives the Rainbow Warriors the edge. Hawaii and Louisiana Tech are both listed at -110 on the moneyline. The scoring total is listed at 61 points as this should be a pretty entertaining matchup in NCAA football wagering.
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Cole McDonald -- Hawaii has a good chance to win this game if its star quarterback plays well. He has thrown for 3,790 yards this season with 35 touchdowns and only eight interceptions. The Rainbow Warriors like to air it out and Louisiana Tech must be ready for plenty of attempts through the air.
McDonald was fantastic in the regular season finale against San Diego State, throwing for 452 yards and three scores in a thrilling 31-30 overtime win. Hawaii does not have a great rushing attack so the Bulldogs should be able to key on McDonald.
17.4. That’s the number of points per game Louisiana Tech has averaged over its past five games. The Bulldogs have lost three of those and need to start moving the ball more efficiently in order to pick up this victory.
Quarterback J’Mar Smith has not been very effective of late after a solid start to the season. He threw for 280 yards in the regular season finale but without any touchdowns and tossed an interception in a loss to Western Kentucky.
The Rainbow Warriors are susceptible to the pass and Louisiana Tech must be able to take advantage. Smith hasn’t thrown for more than one touchdown in a game since the end of September.
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This game is an interesting clash of styles but one that has pretty even talent on both sides. In the end, the location will be a big key. Hawaii will get to play at home while the Bulldogs will have to deal with travel and practice far from campus.
The Rainbow Warriors should be able to find some big plays through the air and come away with the win. The margin is going to be larger than the oddsmakers expect. Take Hawaii to cover in NCAA football odds.
NCAA Football Odds: Hawaii Rainbow Warriors 34, Louisiana Tech Bulldogs 27
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