Hawaii Bowl Odds - Middle Tennessee vs. San Diego State
San Diego State took a step back record-wise from last season’s 12-2 campaign, but they are in a bowl game for the 17th time in program history. The San Diego State offense has been a struggle this season, as it finished the regular season ranked 102nd in yards per play (4.9) against FBS opponents this season. Middle Tennessee battled back from a midseason stretch where they lost four of five games but finished the season strong to reach a bowl game for the 10th time in program history. The strength of this program in 2022 has been its rushing defense, which finished the regular season ranked 24th in yards per rush attempt (3.6).
2022 Hawaii Bowl at a Glance
Date: Saturday, December 24, 2022
Time (ET) / TV: 8:00 PM / ESPN
Venue: Ching Complex, Honolulu, Hawaii
Matchup: Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders vs. San Diego State Aztecs
College Football Betting Lines
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders +7
San Diego State Aztecs -7
Hawai’i Bowl Preview
Last game, the San Diego State Aztecs lost 13-3 against the Air Force Falcons s 2.5-point home dogs. The game went under the total of 43. San Diego State has a record of 7-5 straight up, 5-7 against the spread, and 5-7 over/under the total. San Diego State ranks 117th for total offense, 119th for passing, 68th for rushing and 109th for scoring. Defensively they rank 27th overall, 35th against the pass, 36th against the rush, and 20th for points allowed. Also, San Diego State ranks 93rd for fewest turnovers lost and 34th for takeaways.
Last game, the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders won 33-28 against the Florida International Panthers as 19.5-point road favorites. The game went over the total of 54. Middle Tennessee has a record of 7-5 straight up, 5-6-1 against the spread, and 7-5 over/under the total. Middle Tennessee ranks 67th for total offense, 31st for passing, 100th for rushing and 60th for scoring. Defensively they rank 98th overall, 129th against the pass, 27th against the rush, and 82nd for points allowed. Also, Middle Tennessee ranks 61st for fewest turnovers lost and 3rd for takeaways.
Hawaii Bowl Prediction
In this situation, Middle Tennessee makes sense as an underdog that had the more impressive season.
Hawaii Bowl Format
The Hawai'i Bowl began in 2002. The University of Hawai'i is granted an automatic bid to this bowl as long as they are bowl eligible; if not, another Mountain West Conference school will take Hawai'i's place.
The opponent comes from either the Mountain West Conference (MWC), American Athletic Conference (AAC), or Conference USA. This bowl was formerly named the ConAgra Foods Hawai'i Bowl and the Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl before dropping the sponsorship in 2014.
Hawaii Bowl Past Results
||Cancelled due to COVID
||San Diego State
The underdogs own a 12-5 ATS record in this game, including six double-digit 'dogs winning outright after Hawai'i won 52-35 over Middle Tennessee in 2016. Hawai'i restored honor for the Mountain West Conference, as they had taken it on the chin in three of the previous four outings. Hawai'i has made the most appearances in this bowl with nine, posting a 5-4 record.
In 2018, Hawai'i got knocked around in their own building against the tremendous defense of the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs from Conference USA. The Bulldogs racked up nine sacks, a bowl record, en route to a 17-point victory to comfortably cover a one-point number. The 'under' (61) was never threatened, ending a two-game over streak in this game. Hawai'i won a back-and-forth affair with BYU in the 2019 installment with a 38-34 triumph. Although the Rainbow Warriors scored only one touchdown in the second half, they hit the third 'over' in the last four Hawai'i Bowls.
The 2020 installment of this game was wiped out due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. The game was expected to resume on Dec. 24, 2021, pitting Memphis of the AAC against Hawai'i. However, the Warriors pulled out of the game less than 24 hours before kickoff, citing COVID issues within the program. At the same time, several players had left the program via the transfer portal, leaving the school unable to field a team.
Most All-Time Wins
||2019, 2016, 2006, 2004, 2003
The Hawaii Bowl was designed to get the local team in a bowl game if possible. And the strategy has worked out well, with the Warriors winning a total of five Hawaii bowls all time. Further, Hawaii has a total of nine appearances in this bowl.
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