Free NCAA Football Hawaii Bowl Prediction: Memphis vs. Hawaii Odds
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College Football Handicapping Analysis: Hawaii Bowl
Memphis Tigers (6-6) vs. Hawaii Rainbow Warriors (6-7)
Date: Friday, December 24, 2021
Time: 8:00 pm EST
Venue: Clarence T.C. Ching Athletics Complex
NCAA Football ATS Spread Odds: Memphis -7 / Hawaii +7 (Bet Now!)
NCAA Football Moneyline Odds: Tigers -280 / Hawaii +250
NCAA Betting Total Odds: O/U 55.5
Hawaii Bowl college football sees the Tigers and Rainbow Warriors meeting at the Ching Athletics Center in Honolulu this Christmas Eve.
The Tigers are favored by 7 points over Hawaii in this Hawaii Bowl matchup and where better to spend Christmas than on the big island‽ I can’t think of a better place.
So, the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors are amazingly playing in the Hawaii Bowl after going from 4 – 7 to 6 – 7 by winning their final 2 games of the regular season.
That makes Hawaii, officially, the only program playing in the post-season with a losing record that also gets to play on their home field.
Memphis is favored by just a TD and they are making their 8th straight bowl appearance and the 2nd-consecutive post-season outing for Ryan Silverfield. The Tigers also had to win their final regular-season game to become bowl eligible and they did that against Tulane. The 2-10 Green Wave made it as difficult as they could in a 5-point decision that eventually got the Tigers a plane ticket to Hawaii.
Well, as I said, there are worse places to spend Christmas Eve than Honolulu, right?
A 6 – 6 season is certainly not one that will change the history of the program but an 8th straight bowl game appearance is still impressive nonetheless. By the same token, this team had won no less than 8 games for the last 8 years to get to the post-season and the Tigers have lost their last 5 bowl games to boot.
Mike Norvell was perfect in his 4 bowl game appearances with Memphis before he scooted town… a not-so-perfect 0 – 4 in his tenure with the Tigers, in fact, and Coach Silverfield wants to make sure that streak doesn’t continue much longer in his second attempt favored in Hawaii against the only under .500 program in the post-season.
This team was 2-minutes away from being 5 – 7 and watching at home like the rest of us before the 21-yard Deuce Watts TD that gave the Tigers the eventual win over Tulane.
The Memphis offense has been geared toward the passing game all season and that is why you see the 17th ranked Tigers that put up just under 300 YP in the air. Hawaii is ranked 125th guarding the opponent passing game and need I to remind you that there are only 130 FBS programs?
That does not bode well for the Rainbow Warriors because Seth Henigan will be licking his chops in the lovely weather of Hawaii. Henigan is up to 3,322 passing yards and his 25 / 8 TD to INT ratio is impressive.
Calvin Austin III might see the ball a couple of times today. Austin has only pulled in 1,149 of those passing yards from Henigan and the two will likely be hooking up oh, once or twice, just sayin’ That is sarcasm, people. I got 150+ for Austin to put him closer to 1,300 for the year and he might not even stop there.
Tight end Sean Dykes has tucked in 7 TD passes from 48 grabs which put him and Austin heads above the rest of the receiving corps. Javon Ivory only has 29 receptions to be third on the depth chart just ahead of Eddie Lewis’ 22 snatches.
Watch for a surprise play coming from Gabe Rogers because he can actually catch a football out of the backfield that might go for a big gainer.
Hawaii Rainbow Warriors
Hawaii did, at least, claim bowl eligibility but that 6 – 7 record sure is concerning nonetheless. And then we think of this team beating Colorado State and Wyoming to earn that 6th win and it’s like, where the hell were you all season?
Chevan Cordeiro needs only 207 passing yards to hit that all-important 3K mark for the season but his 11 / 7 ratio obviously needs improving. The 28 sacks is also a concern for this offensive line that does get to go up against a shit Memphis front line on Christmas Eve.
The defensive numbers for Memphis are terrible and that should have Cordeiro looking forward to tossing the rock around the yard a bit on the big island.
Nick Mardner only needs 87 receiving yards to get himself over the 1,000-yard mark and Cordeiro will certainly do all he can to help him get there. Mardner only found the end zone a team-leading 5 times in the passing game, but Hawaii will certainly be running the ball plenty too.
Hawaii has 3 players with over 100 rushing attempts including Cordeiro’s 116 dashes so expect to see a good mix of offense from the Warriors at home to welcome Santa to the U.S later that night.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Tigers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
- Tigers are 2-9 ATS in their last 11 games in December.
- Tigers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games as a favorite.
- Over is 7-3-1 in Tigers last 11 vs. a team with a losing record.
- Over is 19-9 in Rainbow Warriors’ last 28 non-conference games.
4* Free Hawaii Bowl NCAA Betting Final Analysis:
Merry Christmas out there or please celebrate whatever you call your holiday around the globe with family, friends, and be safe.
Hopefully, you can safely cash this total when we find 56 points before the final whistle blows..
4* Free Hawaii Bowl NCAA Betting Pick: Over 55.5
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