Hawaii vs. Nevada - 10/21/18 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Hawaii vs. Nevada - 10/21/18 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by The Tennessean-USA TODAY NETWORK

Nevada Wolf Pack (3-4) at Hawaii Warriors (6-2)

College Football: Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 12:00 am (Aloha Stadium)

The Line: Hawaii Warriors -3.5 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Nevada Wolfpack will travel to Aloha Stadium to take on the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors this Saturday night in College Football action.

The Nevada Wolf Pack lost their 2nd straight game an dropped to 3-4 (1-2 MW) on the season after being defeated by the Boise State Broncos, 31-27, this past Saturday. In a tight back and forth game, Boise State used a 17-play, 61-yards drive that took over 8 minutes in the 4th quarter to seal the victory. Nevada was outgained by Boise State by a 506-386 margin however, did win the turnover battle by a 4-3 margin. Leading the way for the Wolf Pack was QB Ty Gangi who completed 24 of 42 passes for 304 yards, 2 TD, & an INT. On the season, Nevada is averaging 31.6 ppg on 424.9 total yards per game (273.6 passing yds/g; 151.3 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Nevada has been led by QB Ty Gangi who has completed 58.7% of his passes for 13 TD & 7 INT while averaging 272.7 passing yds/g. The top receiving targets for Gangi and the Wolf pack have been McLane Mannix (4.1 rec/g; 80.4 yds/g; 6 TD), Kaleb Fossum (6.9 rec/g; 72.3 yds/g), Elijah Cooks (1.7 rec/g; 28.1 yds/g; 4 TD), and Brendan O’Leary Orange (1.4 rec/g; 20.2 yds/g; 2 TD). Leading the way for the Nevada backfield has been the duo of Toa Taua (10.4 att/g; 64.1 yds/g; 3 TD) and Kelton Moore (7.3 att/g; 33.3 yds/g; 3 TD). Defensively, Nevada is allowing their opponents to average 33.6 ppg on 406.1 total yards per game (262.3 passing yds/g; 143.9 rushing yds/g).

The Hawaii Rainbow Warriors had their 3-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 6-2 (3-0 MW) on the season after being defeated by the BYU Cougars, 49-23, this past Saturday. The Hawaii defense had no answers for the BYU offense, led by freshman QB Zach Wilson, and couldn’t fight back after BYU took a 35-10 lead midway though the 3rd quarter. Hawai’i was outgained by BYU by a 474-311 margin and lost the turnover battle by a 2-1 margin. Leading the way for the Rainbow Warriors was WR John Ursua who had 9 receptions for 89 yards and a TD. On the season, Hawaii is averaging 36.5 ppg on 448.8 total yards per game (313.0 passing yds/g; 135.8 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Hawa’i has been led by QB Cole McDonald who has completed 64.0% of his passes for 26 TD & 3 INT while averaging 335.4 passing yds/g. The top receivers for McDonald and the Rainbow Warriors have been John Ursua (8.0 rec/g; 111.3 yds/g; 13 TD), Cedric Boyd (6.6 rec/g; 74.3 yds/g; 7 TD), JoJo Ward (4.0 rec/g; 61.5 yds/g; 4 TD), and Marcus Armstrong-Brown (3.5 rec/g; 36.6 yds/g; TD). Leading the way for the Rainbow Warriors rushing attack has been the duo of Dayton Furuta (7.8 att/g; 44.6 yds/g; 2 TD) and Fred Holly III (9.5 att/g; 43.5 yds/g; 4 TD). Defensively, Hawai’i is allowing their opponents to average 32.0 ppg on 418.6 total yards per game (244.6 passing yds/g; 174.0 rushing yds/g).

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The Wolf Pack are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 conference games. The Rainbow Warriors are 14-37-1 ATS in their last 52 conference games and 7-20-1 ATS in their last 28 games in October.

This should be a fun game to watch if you like offense as both of these passing attacks can put up points in a hurry. Nevada might be just 3-4 however, they have played some tough competition as they had road losses to both Vanderbilt & Toledo while recently dropping two straight to two of the best Mountain West teams in Fresno State and Boise State. Hawai’i has reintroduced the passing attack that made them so successful in previous years, however, their defense is major concern especially after allowing 49 points to BYU. I think Nevada is a bit better than their record/numbers indicate and although going to Hawai’i will be tough, I think the Wolf Pack do enough in this one to cover with the points.

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Brett’s Pick Nevada Wolf Pack +3.5

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

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