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2019 Hawaii Bowl - Hawaii Rainbow Warriors vs BYU Cougars

Hawaii Bowl Betting

Only one team gets a home game during bowl season and the Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors are hoping for a better showing than they had in last year’s SoFi Hawai’i Bowl. As long as the Rainbow Warriors are bowl eligible and not playing in a New Year’s Six contest, they get the Mountain West Conference’s automatic bid, and their bowl record ninth appearance has them facing a former conference rival in the BYU Cougars. Hawai’i dropped to 4-4 all-time at the bowl losing 31-14 to Louisiana Tech in 2018. BYU has won its last two bowl games and makes its first appearance at this one as a 1.5-point favorite on the opening line.

2019 SoFi Hawaii Bowl at a Glance

Date: Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Time: 8:00 p.m. ET

Venue: Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii

TV: ESPN

Matchup: Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors vs. BYU Cougars

Odds: BYU -1.5, total 64

Hawai’i Bowl Preview

For the second time in three years the Cougars will end their season in Honolulu. The circumstances surrounding this visit are much better, however. Their last visit came at the end of a disappointing 2017 campaign with a 30-20 victory to finish 4-9, ending a streak of 12 straight bowl games. As former conference rivals the teams have a history. BYU extended its winning streak over Hawai’i to five with a 49-23 home win last year and the Cougs have won 22 of the 27 all-time meetings.

After a pair of mid-season road losses to Toledo and South Florida when they played as a favorite, the Cougars won their next five starting with a 28-25 upset win over Mountain West champion Boise State and ending with blowout wins over FCS Idaho State and UMass. The streak ended in the regular season finale with a 13-3 setback to San Diego State when the offense generated little against a strong Aztec defense. The good news is that Zach Wilson has recovered from an injury that forced him to miss four games. Over the last three outings he had 796 passing yards with six touchdowns and faces a porous Hawai’i defense.

The Hawai’i Bowl will be a program record 15th game this season for the Rainbow Warriors, who won the West Division and played in their first Mountain West Championship, falling to Boise State, 31-10 to finish the regular year at 9-5. Hawai’i usually accepts an invitation to their hometown game with eight of their last nine bowls played at their home venue of Aloha Stadium. Home field advantage hasn’t been present in the postseason with a just a 4-4 record, but the Rainbow Warriors were good this season with a 6-2 SU and 4-4 ATS record.

Led by Cole McDonald, who’s thrown for 3,642 yards, Hawai’i has the sixth-best passing game in the FBS. However, most of those yards came early in the season when McDonald passed for 300 or more yards in five of his first seven starts. He was held to less than 250 yards in five of his last six starts. Hawai’i had its lowest scoring game last time out with McDonald throwing for 241 yards without a touchdown for only the second time this season in the 31-10 loss.

Hawai’i Bowl Format

The Hawaii Bowl has been in existence since 2002 and it has current affiliations with the Mountain West and AAC. Provided Hawai’i is bowl eligible, the Rainbow Warriors almost always play in this game, with only a few exceptions over the years. This game has been played on Christmas Eve in 13 of its 17 years of existence, and it will return to a Christmas Eve slot after being moved to December 22 in 2018.

SoFi Hawaii Bowl Game Results

SEASON WINNING TEAM LOSING TEAM SCORE
2018 Louisiana Tech Hawai’i 31-14
2017 Fresno State Houston 33-27
2016 Hawai’i Middle Tennessee 52-35
2015 San Diego State Cincinnati 42-7
2014 Rice Fresno State 30-6
2013 Oregon State Boise State 38-23
2012 SMU Fresno State 43-10
2011 Southern Mississippi Nevada 24-17
2010 Tulsa Hawai’i 62-35
2009 SMU Nevada 45-10
2008 Notre Dame Hawai’i 49-21
2007 East Carolina Boise State 41-38
2006 Hawai’i Arizona State 41-28
2005 Nevada UCF 49-48 (OT)
2004 Hawai’i UAB 59-40
2003 Hawai’i Houston 54-48 (3OT)
2002 Tulane Hawai’i 36-28

We’re 16 games into the Hawaii Bowl’s existence and, predictably enough, the Rainbow Warriors have appeared in eight 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.

Hawai’i appeared in each of the first three Hawaii Bowls, but afterwards the appearances became scarce as the Rainbow Warriors failed to continually qualify for the bowl. Appearing in the game for the first time in six years, Hawai’i didn’t disappoint in the 2016 edition with a 52-35 win over Middle Tennessee. The teams combined for over 1,000 total yards and easily cashed the over on the closing total of 70.

The game has attracted some of the best Group of Five teams recently, and it probably has to do with the destination. 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.

Most All-Time Wins at SoFi Hawaii Bowl

WINS TEAM YEARS WON
4 Hawaii 2003, 2004, 2006, 2016
2 SMU 2009, 2012

Given the number of games the Rainbow Warriors have played in, it’s no wonder that they lead the board in Hawai’i Bowl victories. The 2018 team reached the required number of wins for bowl eligibility and will compete for the title for the second time in three seasons. Behind Hawai’i, the only other team with more than a single win in this bowl is SMU.

With its hometown guarantee, the Rainbow Warriors also have a big lead in total number of appearances. Hawai’i made its eighth appearance in 2018 with fellow MWC members Fresno State and Nevada tied for the second-most with three visits. There are, of course, far worse ways to spend the Christmas holiday.

2019-20 College Bowl Games Betting Schedule

DATE BOWL LOCATION / TIME MATCHUP
College Football Playoff
Dec 28 Peach Bowl Atlanta, GA / 4 PM No. 1 LSU vs. No. 4 Oklahoma
Dec 28 Fiesta Bowl Glendale, AZ / 8 PM No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 3 Clemson
Jan 13 CFP National Championship New Orleans, LA / 8 PM Semifinal Winners
Selection Committee Bowl Games
Dec 28 Cotton Bowl Arlington, TX / Noon No. 10 Penn State vs. No. 17 Memphis
Dec 30 Orange Bowl Miami Gardens, FL / 8 PM No. 9 Florida vs. No. 24 Virginia
Jan 1 Rose Bowl Pasadena, CA / 5 PM No. 6 Oregon vs. No. 8 Wisconsin
Jan 1 Sugar Bowl New Orleans, LA / 8:45 PM No. 5 Georgia vs. No. 7 Baylor
Other Bowl Games
Dec 20 Bahamas Bowl Nassau, Bahamas / 2 PM Buffalo vs. Charlotte
Dec 20 Frisco Bowl Frisco, TX / 7:30 PM Kent State vs. Utah State
Dec 21 Celebration Bowl Atlanta, GA / 12:00 PM Alcorn State vs. North Carolina A&T
Dec 21 New Mexico Bowl Albuquerque, NM / 2 PM Central Michigan vs. San Diego State
Dec 21 Cure Bowl Orlando, FL / 2:30 PM Liberty vs. Georgia Southern
Dec 21 Boca Raton Bowl Boca Raton, FL / 3:30 PM FAU vs. SMU
Dec 21 Camelia Bowl Montgomery, AL / 5:30 PM Arkansas State vs. Florida International
Dec 21 Las Vegas Bowl Las Vegas, NV / 7:30 PM No. 19 Boise State vs. Washington
Dec 21 New Orleans Bowl New Orleans, LA / 9 PM No. 20 Appalachian State vs. UAB
Dec 23 Gasparilla Bowl Tampa, FL / 2:30 PM Marshall vs. UCF
Dec 24 Hawaii Bowl Honolulu, HI / 8 PM BYU vs. Hawai'i
Dec 26 Independence Bowl Shreveport, LA / 4 PM Louisiana Tech vs. Miami (Fla.)
Dec 26 Quick Lane Bowl Detroit, MI / 8 PM Eastern Michigan vs. Pittsburgh
Dec 27 Military Bowl Annapolis, MD / Noon North Carolina vs. Temple
Dec 27 Pinstripe Bowl The Bronx, NY / 3:20 PM Michigan State vs. Wake Forest
Dec 27 Texas Bowl Houston, TX / 6:45 PM No. 25 Oklahoma State vs. Texas A&M
Dec 27 Holiday Bowl San Diego, CA / TBA No. 16 Iowa vs. No. 22 Southern California
Dec 27 Cheez-It Bowl Phoenix, AZ / 10:15 PM Air Force vs. Washington State
Dec 28 Camping World Bowl Orlando, FL / Noon No. 15 Notre Dame vs. Iowa State
Dec 30 First Responder Bowl University Park, TX / 12:30 PM Western Kentucky vs. Western Michigan
Dec 30 Music City Bowl Nashville, TN / 4 PM Louisville vs. Mississippi State
Dec 30 Redbox Bowl Santa Clara, CA / TBA California vs. Illinois
Dec 31 Belk Bowl Charlotte, NC / Noon Kentucky vs. Virginia Tech
Dec 31 Sun Bowl El Paso, TX / 2 PM Arizona State vs. Florida State
Dec 31 Arizona Bowl Tucson, AZ / 4:30 PM Georgia State vs. Wyoming
Dec 31 Alamo Bowl San Antonio, TX / 7:30 PM No. 11 Utah vs. Texas
Dec 31 Liberty Bowl Mephis, TN / 3:45 PM Kansas State vs. Navy
Jan 1 Outback Bowl Tampa, FL / 1 PM No. 12 Auburn vs. No. 18 Minnesota
Jan 1 Citrus Bowl Orlando, FL / 1 PM No. 13 Alabama vs. No. 14 Michigan
Jan 2 Birmingham Bowl Birmingham, AL / 3 PM No. 21 Cincinnati vs. Boston College
Jan 2 Gator Bowl Jacksonville, FL / 7 PM Indiana vs. Tennessee
Jan 3 Idaho Potato Bowl Boise, ID / 3:30 PM Nevada vs. Ohio
Jan 4 Armed Forces Bowl Fort Worth, TX / 11:30 AM Southern Miss vs. Tulane
Jan 6 LendingTree Bowl Mobile, AL / 7:30 PM Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Miami (Ohio)

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