BYU vs. Hawaii Warriors 2019 Hawaii Bowl Picks & Odds
The best betting sites favor the visiting BYU Cougars by two points over the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors, as the spread goes for the 2019 Hawaii Bowl on December 24, with kickoff scheduled for 8:00 p.m. EST, at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.
BYU Cougars vs. Hawaii Rainbow Warriors 2019 Hawaii Bowl Odds
|BYU||-2 (-110)||64 (-110)||-130|
|Hawaii||+2 (-110)||64 (-110)||+110|
Betting BYU Cougars
The Cougars accepted an invitation to the Hawaii Bowl on November 16. This will be BYU’s first Hawaii Bowl appearance, as well as their second postseason game in Honolulu. They played in the 1992 Aloha Bowl, where they lost to Kansas by three points. The Cougars are on a four-game ATS losing streak, according to the best online sportsbooks. Starting QB Zach Wilson is 175 of 279 (62.7%) for 2,108 yards with 11 TDS, seven picks, and 18 sacks.
Tight end Matt Bushman has 41 receptions for 597 yards with four TDs. BYU ranks 24th in the country in passing yards per game, with 285.6. Running back Sione Finau has 359 yards and two TDs on 59 carries. The Cougars average 438.7 total yards per game, ranking them 40th. BYU’s 28.0 ppg scoring offense (tied for 71st) has been held to 27 combined points in the last two games.
Linebackers Kavika Fonua and Payton Wilgar have 78 tackles and three interceptions, respectively. The Cougars’ total defense is 62nd in the NCAA, allowing 385.1 yards per game. BYU’s 48th-ranking scoring defense (24.4 ppg) has held opponents to 25 or fewer points in their last six games.
BYU is, per the best betting sites, 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games after a straight-up loss. 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games on FieldTurf. And 2-5 ATS in their last seven non-conference games.
[Safety Austin Lee] ’s the guy every coach wants to coach. He’s the type of kid that makes my job worth it,” safeties coach Preston Hadley said. “That’s a tough guy to lose after this year, and I really hate thinking about not having him here. You just don’t replace guys like that. No one prepares harder than Austin and no one watches more film,” Hadley said. “It’s off the field where he’s the most valuable, which is saying something because you all have seen how good he is on it.”
Betting Hawaii Rainbow
This will be the Rainbow Warriors’ ninth appearance in the Hawaii Bowl. They accepted their formal invitation after their loss to Boise State in the MWC Championship Game. This will be their third Hawaii Bowl appearance under head coach Nick Rolovich. They won in 2016 and lost in 2018. In general, this is Hawaii’s 13th bowl game; they are of 6-6 overall, and a 4-4 in the Hawaii Bowl. Warriors have covered their last three straight games, as reported by the best betting sites.
Starting QB Cole McDonald is 298 for 465 (64.1%) for 3,642 yards with 29 TDs, 14 TDs, and 15 sacks. Wide receiver Cedric Byrd has 95 catches for 1,068 yards with 10 TDs. Hawaii has the 6th-best passing offense in the country (325.9 yards per game). Running back Miles Reed has 891 yards and eight TDs on 164 carries. The Warriors rank 13th in total offense, gaining 469.3 yards per game. Hawaii’s 33rd-ranked scoring offense (33.6 ppg) was held to just 10 by the Broncos.
Linebacker Solomon ‘Grundy’ Matautia has 75 tackles and defensive back Ikem Okeke has three interceptions. The Warriors allow 426.1 total yards per game (91st), including 200.8 on the ground (105th). Hawaii’s scoring defense allows 31.7 points per game, which ranks them 97th.
The Warriors are 17-43-1 ATS in their last 61 games after an ATS loss. 7-18-1 ATS in their last 26 games as an underdog. And 14-38-2 ATS in their last 54 games on FieldTurf.
BYU Cougars vs. Hawaii Rainbow Warriors 2019 Hawaii Bowl Pick
BYU to cover.