San Jose State vs. Hawaii - 9/29/18 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

San Jose State vs. Hawaii - 9/29/18 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Hawaii Warriors (4-1) at San Jose State Spartans (0-3)

College Football: Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 7:00 pm (CEFCU Stadium)

The Line: San Jose State Spartans +13.5 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors will travel to CEFCU Stadium to take on the San Jose State Spartans this upcoming Saturday night in College Football action.

The Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors improved to 4-1 (1-0 MW) on the season after defeating the FCS Duquesne Dukes, 42-21, this past Saturday. Hawai’i came out sluggish and found themselves down by a 14-0 margin midway through the 1st quarter, however, put the game out of reach after 35 unanswered points gave Hawai’i a 35-14 lead with 7:48 left in regulation. Hawai’i outgained Duquesne by a 518-166 margin and held the Dukes to just 11 first downs. Leading the way for the Rainbow Warriors was QB Cole McDonald who completed 24 of 40 passes for 273 yards, 5 TD’s & 1 INT. On the season, Hawai’i is averaging 41.6 ppg on 500.0 total yards per game (353.4 passing yds/g; 146.6 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Hawai’i has been led by QB Cole McDonald who has completed 66.7% of his passes for 20 TD & 1 INT while averaging 351.8 passing yds/g. McDonald has one of the better WR’s in all of College Football in John Ursua who has 9 TD’s on the season and is averaging 124.6 receiving yards on 7.4 rec/g. Cedric Boyd (8.0 rec/g; 90.8 yds/g; 6 TD) and JoJo Ward (3.4 rec/g; 70.8 yds/g; 3 TD) also have been major contributors in the Hawai’i passing attack. Leading the way for the Rainbow Warriors backfield has been Fred Holly who had 4 TD’s on the season and is averaging 56.2 rushing yds/g on 12.0 att/g. Defensively, Hawai’i is allowing their opponents to average 30.6 ppg on 428.2 total yards per game (245.0 passing yds/g; 183.2 rushing yds/g).

The San Jose State Spartans dropped to 0-3 on the season after being defeated by the 20th ranked Oregon Ducks, 35-22, on September 25th. San Jose State never really threaten to win the game however, it was a much more competitive game than I think anyone would have thought as the Spartans trailed by just a 14-6 margin with just 2:58 left in the 1st half. San Jose State was outgained by Oregon by a 443-296 margin and committed two turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Spartans was WR Bailey Gaither who had 90 receiving yards on 6 receptions. On the season, San Jose State is averaging 20.0 ppg on 303.7 total yards per game (244.0 passing yds/g; 59.7 rushing yds/g). Offensively, San Jose State has been led by RB Tyler Nevens who had 2 TD’s on the season and is averaging 79.0 rushing yds/g on 18.0 att/g. San Jose State has used both Montel Aaron (57.4 Comp %; 2 TD; 125.7 yds/g) and Josh Love (48.3 Comp %; 2 TD; 3 INT; 173.5 yds/g) at the quarterback position with Love getting the recent start against Oregon. The top receivers for the Spartans have been Bailey Gaither (4.7 rec/g; 76.7 yds/g; 2 TD) and Josh Oliver (6.3 rec/g; 59.3 yds/g; TD). Defensively, San Jose State is allowing their opponents to average 36.7 ppg on 525.3 total yards per game (391.7 passing yds/g; 133.7 rushing yds/g).

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The Rainbow Warriors are 15-35-3 ATS in their last 53 games overall and 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 road games. The Spartans are 4-9-1 ATS in their last 14 games overall and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 home games.

Hawai’i is starting to look like the teams we got used to about 10 years ago as they are really throwing the ball all over the field and currently rank 9th in College Football in passing offense. San Jose State did a lot better than expected against Oregon, but this is still a team that lost to an FCS team start their season and they could be in real trouble agianst the Rainbow Warriors passing game as the Spartans rank dead last in College Football in passing defense. This line seems pretty low to me even if Hawai’i has to travel and I just don’t see how I’m not taking Hawai’i in this one to cover.

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Brett’s Pick Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors -13.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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