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Hawaii Bowl Betting OddsCollege Football Betting Online: Is there a team that wouldn’t want to go to Hawai’i in the middle of winter? One lucky and worthy team from the Mountain West Conference and one from the American Athletic Conference, contingent on bowl eligibility, will hook up in the 16th Hawai’i Bowl, which will once again take place on Christmas Eve.

The 2017 Hawaii Bowl will take place on Sunday, December 24, 2017 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. Kickoff is set for 8:30 p.m. ET with ESPN carrying all the action.

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Fresno State Bulldogs +2.5

Houston Cougars -2.5

Over/Under TBD

Houston finished the season 7-4. That’s two less wins than Fresno State, but the Cougars head to Honolulu as the slight favorites.

After a Peach Bowl appearance last year against Florida State, the Cougars took a noticeable step back in 2017, though their bowl game venue remains nice.

Houston’s offense has been troublesome at times, but the defense has generally picked up the slack. This team can allow a big pass now and again, but generally play tough in the red zone and are a tough opponent for rush-heavy offenses. It’s not surprise given the strength of the team inside.

The offense for the Cougars has been hit-or-miss at times as the team cycled through three different QBs. D’Eriq King has been the most recent starter and figures to get the nod on Christmas Eve.

Of the three quarterbacks, King has the highest yard per attempt average and has shown himself to be a strong dual threat QB with a 69.8-percent completion mark and just a single interception to six TDs. Meanwhile, he’s rushed 63 times for 341 yards and eight scores.

In addition to being a strong presence in the pocket, King has improved the rushing attack, adding an added threat.

On the other side, Fresno State had a massive turnaround under Jeff Tedford, going from 11-1 to 9-4 and ranking as an elite team amongst the Group of 5.

Much like the Cougars, the Bulldogs have a strong defense that’s help Fresno maintain consistency when the offense has lacked just that at times. While the Cougar defensive line may be stronger than Fresno’s, the Bulldogs have the edge at linebacker with Jeffrey Allison, a first team all-conference pick, leading the way.

By the numbers, Fresno State has been a top-10 defensive team, allowing 17.2 PPG. Can they continue that against a King-led Cougar offense and can they mount a strong enough offensive attack to get the upset?

Hawaii Bowl Format

The game was created in 2002 after the hometown University of Hawai'i finished the 2001 season with a 9-3 record and was not invited to a bowl game. The Hawai'i Bowl provides UH an invitation when bowl eligible. The Rainbow Warriors played in last year’s game for the first time since 2010, beating Middle Tennessee 52-35.

As part of the bowl charter, a "Hawaii guarantee" allows the University an automatic bid if it’s bowl eligible and does not participate in a College Football Playoff bowl.

If Hawaii isn’t eligible, then another team from the Mountain West will be invited. This continues a tradition started when Hawaii was a member of the WAC. In its 16th year, the Hawai’i Bowl will be played on Sunday, December 24, marking the 10th consecutive Christmas Eve kickoff.

College football bowl games are nothing new to the island. The Poi Bowl ran for four seasons in the late 1930s and was renamed the Pineapple Bowl. The Aloha Bowl and the Oahu Bowl followed. ConAgra Foods sponsored the first Hawai’i Bowl in 2002 before Sheraton Hotels and Resorts took over as title sponsor the next season. Sheraton opted out following the 2013 game and the bowl has been without a title sponsor since.

Known for its high scoring games, the 2016 version didn’t disappoint. The teams combined for over 1,000 total yards and 87 points in Hawai’i’s 52-35 win, easily cashing the over on the closing total of 70. The winning team has scored at least 40 points 11 times.

The game has attracted some of the best Group of Five teams recently. C-USA champ Southern Miss made the trip in 2011 instead of playing in the Liberty Bowl. In 2015, MWC champion San Diego State elected to play in the Hawai’i Bowl rather than the Las Vegas Bowl, which typically gets the conference champion.

 Hawaii Bowl Game Results






Middle Tennessee


San Diego State




Fresno State


Oregon State

Boise State



Fresno State


Southern Mississippi









Notre Dame



East Carolina

Boise State



Arizona State













We’re 15-games into the Hawaii Bowl’s existence and, predictably enough, the Rainbow Warriors have appeared in seven games, winning four of them. Despite its relative youth, the bowl has hosted a Conference USA champion, a Mountain West champion and served as the location of a team’s first ever bowl appearance.

Hawaii appeared in each of the first three Hawaii Bowls, but afterwards their appearances became more scarce as they failed to continually qualify for the bowl.

Most All-Time Wins at Hawaii Bowl



Years Won



2003, 2004, 2006, 2016



2009, 2012

Given the number of these bowl games the Rainbow Warriors have played, it’s no wonder that Hawaii leads the board in Hawaii Bowl victories. The team, however, won’t be adding to the total in 2017 as they didn’t qualify for a bowl bid.

Behind Hawaii, the only other team with more than a single win in this bowl is SMU. No other teams will be joining the ranks in 2017 as Fresno State has played in two previous Hawaii Bowls, but lost both. Houston will be making its Hawaii Bowl debut. There are, of course, far worse ways to spend Christmas Eve. 

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