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LA Tech vs. Hawaii - 12/22/18 - Hawaii Bowl College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
LA Tech Bulldogs (7-5) at Hawaii Warriors (8-5)
Date & Time Saturday December 22, 2018, 10:30 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Hawaii Warriors -2.5 -- Over/Under: 57
TV Channel
ESPN
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The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs and the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors will meet up in college football’s Hawaii Bowl on Saturday evening. 

Hawaii finished the regular season at 8-5 this year. Hawaii was on a four-game skid late in the season versus BYU, Nevada, Fresno State and Utah State, but finished off with wins over UNLV and San Diego State. 

In the Aztecs game, Hawaii QB Cole McDonald put up 452 yards with three scores, and Miles Reed led the rush on 47 yards. Cedric Byrd managed 140 yards and a TD on six catches in the 31-30 OT victory. 

Over on the Louisiana Tech side, they come in here at 7-5 on the season. The Bulldogs went just 1-3 over their final four games, falling in that time to MS State, Southern Miss and Western Kentucky. 

In the Hilltoppers game, LA Tech QB Steven Duncan put up 92 yards, one TD and one INT, and Joshua Samuel managed 71 yards on the ground. Mik’Quan Deane led the Bulldogs receivers with 46 yards and a score from two catches. 

The Rainbow Warriors are 15-34-2 ATS in their last 51 overall and 14-35-2 ATS in their last 51 on turf. Hawaii is 9-23 ATS versus a team with a winning record and 1-4 ATS in their last five versus the CUSA. 

Meanwhile, the Bulldogs are 5-1 ATS in their last six following an ATS loss and 5-1 ATS in their last six bowl games. LA Tech is 5-2 ATS in their last seven non-conference games and 5-2 ATS in their last seven in December. 

Hawaii played some pretty solid teams over their four-game losing streak. In each game they were blown out quite badly and weren’t able to do much on either side of the ball. The Warriors get credit for turning things around in their last two games, however. 

As for Louisiana Tech, they weren’t necessarily competitive in their games down the stretch, so it’s going to be hard to trust them in what’s more or less a coin-flip game. I’m going with the Warriors here.

Pick:
Hawaii Rainbow Warriors -2.5

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