Free Week 7 Prediction: Warriors vs Cougars Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 7
(6-1) Hawaii Rainbow Warriors vs. BYU Cougars (3-3)
Date: Saturday, October 13 2018
Time: 10:15 pm EST
Venue: LaVell Edwards Stadium,
NCAA Football Spread: BYU -12.5
NCAA Betting Total: 56
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For a lot of reasons it is easy to lose track of Hawaii football. Be that as it may they are already bowl eligible and have a great chance of playing in the Mountain West title game. They are catching BYU at a good time too.
Few teams win in Madison so when the Cougars did there were high hopes of a breakthrough season. Since then they have dropped both of their FBS games and didn’t look competitive at all. The offense is really struggling this season.
Hawaii Rainbow Warriors
Hawaii is having a really good season so far. Sure their biggest win is against a Navy program that might be down a bit but they are showing an ability to hold off teams and are back to their pass happy ways. Life is good on the island.
Cole McDonald is putting up amazing numbers in his first season as a starter. The sophomore has a 24/2 ratio and only once has he thrown for less than 300 yards in a game or completed less than 60% of his passes. The offense looks like the teams that had success under June Jones when 8, 9 or even 10 wins was not that uncommon.
As good as Hawaii has been the latter half of their schedule is more difficult, beginning with this game. The good thing is that BYU struggles to score so even if their own offense is slowed a but they should be able to make a game of it.
The Cougars are definitely not playing to type with a program that has shown some capability of shutting down the opposition but barely enough offense to win, even when it does. It is going to need to be very sharp defensively if it wants to avoid being a victim of the Rainbow Warriors.
BYU is averaging just 306ypg of offense – I think when Ty Detmer was there he averaged that through the air in the first half. They can neither run the ball, nor pass it all that well. The latter is especially surprising given that Tanner Mangum is a experienced quarterback.
If you Cougars are going to win, and win easily as the spread indicated it will be because the defense gets them there. They have been strong against the pass this season and that has included some teams that do like to chuck the ball around.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- HAW are 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 road games.
- Over is 11-3 in HAW last 14 non-conference games.
- HAW are 15-34-3 ATS in their last 52 games overall.
- BYU are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 home games.
- BYU are 3-10 ATS in their last 13 games on grass.
- Under is 6-2 in BYU last 8 games in October.
Free Week 7 NCAA Football Pick
This is an interesting line as it seems to give too much respect to BYU and not nearly enough to Hawaii. I think that is a mistake.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Hawaii +12.5
This one is one of those classic ones of looking at the total and spread together. If this one is going to in the way of BYU I think they are going to have to score 30 or more points. The only time they have done that is against FCS McNeese State.
I don’t see the Cougars pushing the total that high which means that Hawaii may well be in the game the whole time and is a real threat to win outright. I think the team that has it last probably will.
Week 7 Free Score Prediction: BYU 27 – Hawaii 24
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