Hawaii Rainbow Warriors (4-4) vs. Utah State Aggies (5-2)
October 30, 2021 3:00 pm EDT
The Line: Utah State Aggies -7 ; Over/Under: 68.5
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The Utah State Aggies meet the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors Saturday in Week 9 MWC college football action from Maverik Stadium. Hawaii just finished up a game versus New Mexico State. In that one the Warriors pounded out a 14-point win. As for the Aggies, they played Colorado State in their last game. Utah State ended up taking a wild two-point win in that one. Check back all season long for free college football picks at Sports Chat Place.
Hawaii came out of the gate this year at 1-3, beating Portland State while otherwise falling to UCLA, Oregon State and San Jose State. The Warriors managed a win over New Mexico State 41-21 and Fresno State 27-24, but then fell to Nevada 34-17 in game seven.
Last weekend versus New Mexico State, the Warriors scored double-digits in every quarter during a nice 48-34 win. QB Brayden Schager threw for 219 yards on 25-of-29 passing, and Dedrick Parson led the rush with 161 yards and three scores.
Over on the Utah State side, they kicked off the year with three straight wins over Washington State 26-23, North Dakota 48-24 and Air Force 49-45. After losses to Boise State 27-3 and BYU 34-20, the Aggies managed a 28-24 win over UNLV.
In last Friday’s matchup versus Colorado State, Utah State scored just six points in the second half but they were able to eke out a 26-24 win thanks to a Rams miscue on a late field goal. Aggies QB Logan Bonner finished on 233 yards with two scores and a pick. Elelyon Noa had 97 yards on 26 carries as well.
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Hawaii is 15-36-1 ATS in their last 52 after an ATS loss and 2-5 ATS in their last seven road games. The Warriors are 10-26-1 ATS in their last 37 games in October.
Meanwhile, the Aggies are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 overall and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 conference games. Utah State is 2-6 ATS in their last eight at home as well.
PICK: I’m going to try Hawaii here. The Warriors were in a good offensive rhythm against New Mexico State, posting 482 yards, 25 first downs and a 7.4-yard average. Hawaii did lose a couple of fumbles and gave up 485 yards on the other side, however.
As for Utah State, they were lucky to escape with a win versus Colorado State. The Rams posted 472 total yards and 26 first downs but also hamstrung themselves with nine penalties, two turnovers and the chaotic field goal sequence as the game wound down. The Aggies should be able to regroup and play well in this one, but I like the Warriors to get in there on a cover.