Hawaii Warriors (6-1) at BYU Cougars (3-3)
|Date & Time||Saturday October 13, 2018, 10:15 PM (EDT)|
The Line: BYU Cougars -- Over/Under:
The Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors will travel to LaVell Edwards Stadium to take on the BYU Cougars this Saturday night in College Football action.
The Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors won their 3rd straight game and improved to 6-1 (3-0 MW) on the season after defeating the Wyoming Cowboys, 17-13, this past Saturday. Hawai’i had trouble getting their passing attack going agianst the Wyoming defense, however, Cole McDonald was able to connect to JoJo Ward for a 38-yd TD pass with just 1:26 left in regulation to get the Rainbow Warriors the victory. Hawai’i outgained Wyoming by a 304-244 margin however, did lose the turnover battle by a 2-0 record. Leading the way for the Rainbow Warriors was QB Chevan Cordeiro who completed 19 of 29 passes for 148 yards, 2 TD & 1 INT. On the season, Hawai’i is averaging 38.4 ppg on 468.4 total yards per game (322.3 passing yds/g; 146.1 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Hawai’i has been led by QB Cole McDonald who has completed 65.0% of his passes for 24 TD & 2 INT while averaging 350.0 passing yds/g. McDonald missed the recent game against Wyoming due to injury and is currently questionable. The top receivers for McDonald and the Rainbow Warriors have been John Ursua (7.9 rec/g; 114.4 yds/g; 12 TD), Cedric Byrd (6.7 rec/g; 73.4 yds/g; 7 TD), and JoJo Ward (4.3 rec/g; 68.0 yds/g; 4 TD). Leading the way for the Rainbow Warriors backfield has been the duo of Fred Holly III (10.6 att/g; 48.6 yds/g; 4 TD) and Dayton Furuta (7.4 att/g; 47.0 yds/g; TD). Defensively, Hawai’i is allowing their opponents to average 29.6 ppg on 410.7 total yards per game (251.9 passing yds/g; 158.9 rushing yds/g).
The BYU Cougars lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 3-3 on the season after being defeated by the Utah State Aggies, 45-20, this past Saturday. The talented BYU defense had no answers for the passing attack of the Aggies and couldn’t fight back after Utah State took a 35-7 lead with 4:55 left in the 3rd quarter. BYU was outgained by the Utah State by a 388-361 margin and lost the turnover battle by a 3-0 margin. Leading the way for the Cougars was QB Tanner Mangum who completed 27 of 45 passes for 270 yards, 2 TD, & 1 INT. On the season, BYU is averaging 21.2 ppg on 306.0 total yards per game (189.5 passing yds/g; 116.5 rushing yds/g). Offensively, BYU has been led by the backfield duo of Squally Canada (11.8 att/g; 55.7 yds/g; 5 TD) and Lopini Katoa (6.5 att/g; 30.0 yds/g; 3 TD). QB Tanner Mangum has completed 61.5% of his passes for 5 TD & 3 INT while averaging 173.7 passing yds/g. The top receivers for the Cougars have been Matt Bushman (1.7 rec/g; 31.2 yds/g; TD), Aleva Hifo (3.0 rec/g; 30.0 yds/g), Talon Shumway (1.2 rec/g; 23.0 yds/g; TD), and Moroni Laulu-Pututau (2.8 rec/g; 24.0 yds/g; TD). Defensively, BYU is allowing their opponents to average 24.7 ppg on 360.8 total yards per game (197.0 passing yds/g; 163.8 rushing yds/g).
The Rainbow Warriors are 15-34-3 ATS in their last 52 games overall and just 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 road games. The Cougars are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss however, are just 3-8 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
Hawai’i continues to win football games thanks to Cole McDonald and their passing attack which ranks 11th in College Football. BYU picked up one of the better wins of the season when they went on the road and defeated Wisconsin, however, it’s been a struggled recently has their defense has allowed 80 points over their last two losses agianst Washington and Utah State. The spread has yet to be released for this one as McDonald’s status is currently questionable and currently my pick probably will come down to if he is able to go as I’ll take Hawai’i with McDonald and most likely BYU if he isn’t able to go.