Rice vs. Fresno State - 12/24/14 Hawai’i Bowl Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Fresno State Bulldogs (6-7) at Rice Owls (7-5)
College Football: Wednesday, December 24, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Aloha Stadium)
The Line: Rice Owls -2.5 -- Over/Under: 59.5 See the Latest Odds
The Fresno State Bulldogs and Rice Owls play Christmas Eve in the Hawai’i Bowl at the Aloha Stadium.
The Fresno State Bulldogs have won three of their last four games and play in their seventh bowl game in eight years. Brian Burrell is completing 58.7 percent of his passes for 22 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. Burrell has seven total touchdowns and seven picks in his last three games, and Fresno State has 26 passing plays of 25 or more yards. Josh Harper and Aaron Peck have combined for more than 1,400 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns while Greg Watson has nine of his 31 receptions in his last two games. Fresno State’s ground game is averaging 4.6 yards per carry, as Marteze Waller leads the way with 1,292 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns. Defensively, the Fresno State Bulldogs are allowing 32.6 points, 455.5 yards, and they’ve forced 28 sacks and 20 turnovers. Kyrie Wilson leads FSU with 88 tackles and Tyeler Davison has 11.5 tackles for loss.
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The Rice Owls have split their four games and are playing in their third straight bowl game. Driphus Jackson is completing 57.3 percent of his passes for 21 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Jackson has six touchdowns four picks in his last two games, and Rice has 33 passing plays of 25 or more yards. Jordan Taylor and Mario Hull have combined for more than 1,300 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns while Zach Wright has five of his 24 receptions in his last two games. Rice’s ground game is averaging 3.8 yards per carry, as Jowan Davis leads the way with 910 rushing yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, the Rice Owls are allowing 30.3 points, 396.8 yards, and they’ve forced 35 sacks and 18 turnovers. Jaylon Finner has 63 tackles and Brian Nordstrom has 18.5 tackles for loss.
The Bulldogs are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 bowl games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Owls are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 non-conference games and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The over is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.
We have two teams that play no defense at all, which makes this a toss-up from the beginning. However, Fresno State opended up as the favorite and the public has been jumping all over Rice. I'll gladly take the Bulldogs here in more of a fade from the public. Take the ML to give you more bang for your buck.