Free Week 9 Prediction: Aztecs vs Rainbow Warriors Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 9
(6-2) San Diego State Aztecs vs. Hawaii Rainbow Warriors (3-4)
Date: Saturday, October 28
Time: 11:15 pm EST
Venue: Aloha Bowl, Honolulu, HI.
NCAA Football Spread: San Diego State -9.5
NCAA Betting Total: 55.5
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San Diego State Aztecs
The problem with starting 6–0 is that winning becomes the expectation and whenever you lose, there’s greater disappointment. That is what San Diego State players are experiencing these days.
The Aztecs lost for the second straight week after starting the season with six consecutive wins and ascending to no. 19 in the national poll. Last week’s loss, at home to Fresno State, 27–3, was an especially ugly site. The loss dropped SDSU to 2–2 in the Mountain West two games back of the Bulldogs.
Even the loss the week before was a bad one, by 17 points to Boise State, again in San Diego. Now, the Aztecs must try to solve the problems they are experiencing on the road, over the Pacific Ocean on the small island paradise of Hawaii.
Starting QB Christian Chapman is at least doing a good job of not turning the ball over. He hasn’t thrown a pick since he tossed one in a Week 1 win. Still, 77 yards passing last week is not going to get anything done, regardless of the interception numbers.
He’s gone just 22-for-47 over the last two weeks but should find more space against a Hawaii defense that isn’t always air tight.
Hawaii Rainbow Warriors
The Rainbow Warriors gave up 26 points in a a win over a bad San Jose State team at home. It was Hawaii’s first win in the conference after an 0–3 start, but SJSU is 0–4.
Dru Brown completed 12 of his 23 passes for 173 yards and a touchdown. Cole McDonald also threw a four-yard touchdown pass on a trick play for Hawaii.
That was a light game for Brown, who has over 1800 yards through the air this season. He completes just under two-thirds of his passes but has thrown seven interceptions to just 13 TDs.
The running game really did the job last week, though. Diocemy Saint Juste carried the rock 39 times and exceeded 200 yards for the third time this season and second week in a row. Those numbers were enough to put him over 1000 yards on the season and two touchdown runs gave him six on the season.
Hawaii can move the ball, no doubt. But can they play enough defense to stop San Diego State? This game will come down to whatever side commits more to the defensive end. Hawaii usually isn’t the team to do that.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Under is 7-2-1 in SDSU last 10 games overall.
- SDSU are 11-4 ATS in their last 15 road games.
- Under is 38-18 in SDSU last 56 games in October.
- Over is 13-3 in HAW last 16 games as an underdog.
- HAW are 5-15-1 ATS in their last 21 home games.
- HAW are 8-22-1 ATS in their last 31 games overall.
Free Week 9 NCAA Football Pick
Listen, I like San Diego State to win this game on the road but 9.5 points feels like a lot for a team struggling like SDSU is, now going on the road. I’ll take the home points.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Hawaii +9.5
This game should be relatively low-scoring as Hawaii games go. That’s why the points should be more valuable than usual.
Week 8 Free Score Prediction: San Diego State Aztecs 24 – Hawaii 21
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