San Diego State Aztecs (10-3) at Cincinnati Bearcats (7-5)
|Date & Time||Thursday December 24, 2015, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Cincinnati Bearcats -2.5 -- Over/Under: 58
The San Diego State Aztecs will play the Cincinnati Bearcats in the Hawai’i Bowl Game.
The Cincinnati Bearcats were 7-5 this season and finished in third place in the American Conference East Division standings. The Cincinnati offense is averaging 36.1 points per game with 373.1 passing yards per game and 186.3 rushing yards per game. Hayden Moore is the Cincinnati quarterback who is completing 58.5% of his passes for 1683 yards, 9 touchdowns, and 8 interceptions. Hosey Williams has 727 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns for Cincinnati. Mike Boone has 717 rushing yards and 8 touchdowns for the Bearcats. Shaq Washington has 971 receiving yards and 6 touchdowns, while Chris Moore has 823 receiving yards and 7 touchdowns for Cincinnati. The Cincinnati defense is giving up 30.3 points per game with 224.3 passing yards per game and 190.3 rushing yards per game. Eric Wilson has 103 tackles, Silverberry Mouhon has 4.5 sacks, and Zach Edwards has 3 interceptions for Cincinnati. Cincinnati is -16 in turnover margin this season.
The San Diego State Aztecs were 10-3 and won the Mountain West Conference Championship after defeating Air Force. The San Diego State offense is averaging 31.4 points per game with 235.3 rushing yards per game and 143 passing yards per game. Christian Chapman is the San Diego State quarterback who is completing 55.3% of his passes for 323 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception. Donnel Pumphrey has 1554 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns for San Diego State. Chase Price has 940 rushing yards and 6 touchdowns for the Aztecs. Mikah Holder has 425 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns, while Donnel Pumphrey has 397 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns for San Diego State. The San Diego State defense is giving up 17.2 points per game with 176.8 passing yards per game and 111.2 rushing yards per game. Calvin Munson has 92 tackles and 9 sacks, while Damontae Kazee has 7 interceptions for the Aztecs. San Diego State is +19 in turnover margin this season.
San Diego State has had a great season and finished on a 9 game winning streak. San Diego State’s starting quarterback, Maxwell Smith, was hurt and is out for the season. San Diego State likes to run the ball, and should be able to move the ball easily against a poor Cincinnati defense. Cincinnati had an up and down season and finished 2-2 in their last 4 games. Cincinnati has the 4th ranked passing attack in the nation, but has really struggled with turnovers this season. San Diego State has done a good job of getting take-a-ways, and I expect them to force some turnovers in this game. I am taking San Diego State against a poor Cincinnati defense.