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2018 Hawaii Bowl Betting Preview

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December 21st, 2018

The holiday tradition of the Hawaii Warriors earning a berth to their local, post-season game continues in 2018 Hawaii Bowl betting featuring a fun contest between two equally charged teams.

The Warriors play in the deep MWC. Hawaii started the season great, but once they got to Mountain West Conference matchups, they took a step back, losing 3 straight to Nevada, Fresno, and Utah State. They also lost to BYU, an independent team. Luckily, Hawaii turned things around to finish the season winning 2 straight.

Like the Warriors, Louisiana Tech had trouble towards the end of the season. The Bulldogs lost 3 of their final 4 games to finish 7-5, including losing their final regular season game to Western Kentucky. The loss to the Hilltoppers was pathetic because the Bulldogs entered that game a -10 favorite.

Can Louisiana Tech turn things around on Dec. 22? Or, will the Warriors win in front of their fans?

HAWAII BOWL FOOTBALL BETTING Hawaii Warriors vs Louisiana Tech Bulldogs Saturday, December 22nd – Aloha Stadium – 10:30pm ET Odds: La Tech pk (60)



Hawaii Looks to Continue Program Rebuild

The Warriors won only 3 games during the 2015-2016 season. They improved enough in 2017 to attract a bid to the Hawaii Bowl where they beat Middle Tennessee State 52-35. On Saturday, Hawaii looks to continue turning the program around. Every game means something to teams like the Hawaii Warriors because they’re always struggling to keep pace with better squads in their conference.

Consecutive bowl wins would put the Warriors’ program close to the same level as fellow Mountain West Conference teams Utah State, Boise State, and Fresno State. Who’s to say Hawaii doesn’t take another leap next season and actually challenges those 3 MWC heavyweights for the conference championship?

Hawaii can continue to move the football program in the right direction. When they battle Louisiana Tech on Saturday, it will be more than just a home game for the Warriors. It will be a statement game that shows the rest of the college football world that the program’s on the right track.

Louisiana Tech Heads to the Big Island Icy

Up until the late season implosion, the Bulldogs had looked like a contender to play in the Conference-USA Championship. Their only conference loss had been to UAB, the eventual champion.

The troubles started after falling 3-45 to SEC squad Mississippi State in their next game. The loss to Miss State started the downward spiral. La Tech failed to cover against overmatched Rice. They then finished the regular season with two straight losses, 20-21 to Southern Miss, and the horrific 15-30 loss to then 2-9 Western Kentucky. They could not enter 20178 Hawaii Bowl betting on an icier cold streak.

2018 Hawaii Bowl Betting Trends & Analysis

Based on where the action’s gone, the Hawaii Bowl is one of the most competitive games during bowl season. Only a small percentage of handicappers favor Hawaii. The line opened La Tech +1.5, but it quickly became a pick game. These two should kick off in a pick game.

If we base who we back on trends, the Bulldogs take it by a mile. Louisiana Tech is 15-2 ATS in their last 17 following a double-digit loss at home, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 following an ATS loss, and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 bowl games. Hawaii is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 versus Conference-USA and 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games.

Nobody understands how Louisiana Tech lost to Western Kentucky, but it doesn’t really matter. They've had lots of time to regroup since then and prepare for this trip. Hawaii is an ever improving program, but La Tech was the better team during the season. They’ll be the better team on Dec. 22.

2018 Hawaii Bowl Betting Free Pick: Louisiana Tech PK

 
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