The BYU Cougars (7-5) travel to Honolulu this week to battle the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors (9-5) in the 2019 Hawaii Bowl. Kickoff is set for 8:00 PM EST on December 24th at Aloha Stadium and the game will be nationally televised on ESPN.
Taking a look at the full list of college bowl betting odds, BYU is currently listed as a 1.5-point favorite. The total for the game is sitting at 64 points. You can also click here to check out our 2019-20 bowl predictions page.
Hawaii Bowl Vegas Odds Preview: Hawaii vs BYU
BYU saw their five game winning streak come to an end their last time out, falling 13-3 on the road against San Diego State to finish the regular season 7-5 overall. The Cougars jumped out to an early 3-0 lead but couldn’t find a way to hold on down the stretch, getting outscored 6-0 over the final two quarters of the game. It was certainly a disappointing showing by the offense after they had scored at least 42 points in three out of their previous four games before facing the Aztecs. As a whole, Brigham Young averaged close to 30 points and 450 total yards of offense per game through their first 12 outings.
The Cougars were fairly average on the other side of the ball this year, surrendering around 25 points per game. BYU only gave up 200 yards per game through the air, but weren’t nearly as solid defending against the run.
Hawaii couldn’t find a way to get past Boise State their last time out, losing 31-10 on the road in the Mountain West Conference Championship Game. The Rainbow Warriors gave up 14 unanswered points in the second quarter and never recovered, scoring just a single touchdown the entire second half. QB Cole McDonald certainly wasn’t at his best against the Broncos, throwing an interception and failing to find the end zone through the air the entire game. RB Miles Reed led the way on the ground, racking up 87 yards and a touchdown on only 12 carries. Overall, Hawaii averaged almost 34 points per game during the regular season while also putting up almost 500 total yards of offense per outing through their first 14 games.
The Rainbow Warriors really struggled during the regular season defensively, getting lit up for well over 30 points per game. Hawaii had no answer for their opponents on the ground this year, allowing over 200 rushing yards per game.
2019 Hawaii Bowl Free Betting Pick & Predictions: BYU -1.5
While I also don’t really mind the OVER on 64 total points scored, the Rainbow Warriors have already been involved in several surprisingly low scoring games this year. Therefore, my favorite play from the 2019 Hawaii Bowl is definitely the Cougars against the spread. BYU should find a way to win this game outright, as they had a tougher schedule during the regular season and beat a number of teams that Hawaii struggled against – including Boise State. The Cougars upset the Broncos 28-25 back in mid-October, which is certainly noteworthy considering that the Rainbow Warriors came up three touchdowns short against that same school just a couple of weeks ago.
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The Cougars have dominated Hawaii against the spread over the last several clashes between these two programs as well, going 4-1 against the spread. Brigham Young has also really performed well straight up, going a very impressive 9-1 over their last ten battles against the Rainbow Warriors overall. Finally, Hawaii has dropped four out of their last five games against BYU when playing in front of a home crowd at Aloha Stadium. I’ll lay the 1.5 points and roll with the small favorite on Tuesday evening in what should be a highly entertaining 2019 Hawaii Bowl – give me the Cougars to cover!