Saturday, December 24, 2016
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The Hawaii Warriors take on the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders on Saturday, December 24, 2016 in the Hawaii Bowl. The opening line for this game has MTSU as 10 point favorites. This season the Warriors are 5-7-0 against the spread and their over/under record is 8-4-0. The Blue Raiders have an over/under record of 8-4-0 and they are 6-5-1 against the spread.
Dru Brown finished with 311 yards through the air for Hawaii in his last game. He completed 22 passes out of 30 attempts for a 73% completion percentage. The Warriors were led in rushing by Diocemy Saint Juste, who finished with 122 yards on 14 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 9 yards per carry. Keelan Ewaliko was the team leader in receiving with a total of 99 yards and 4 receptions. He finished the game with an average of 25 yards per reception. As a team in that game Hawaii got a total of 23 first downs. Of those first downs, 10 came on the ground while 9 came through the air. They ran 64 total plays for 479 yards for the game. The Warriors ran for 168 yards on 33 attempts.
John Urzua finished with 79 yards passing for Middle Tennessee State in his last contest. He went 3 for 6, resulting in a 50% completion percentage. The Blue Raiders were led on the ground by I'Tavius Mathers, who finished with 213 yards on 18 carries. He ended the game with an average of 12 yards per rush. Richie James led the team in receiving with 120 yards and 4 catches. He finished the game with an average of 30 yards per reception. Middle Tennessee State had 28 first downs total. 18 came from running the ball and 10 came from a pass. They ran 73 total plays for 757 yards for the contest. The Blue Raiders ran for 495 yards on 57 carries as a team.
Hawaii scores 26.5 points per game on offense this season, which ranks 80th in Division 1. In the passing department, they average 18.2 passes on 31.3 attempts for a 58 percent completion percentage this season. They throw for a total of 222.3 yards per game through the air as well, which ranks them 73rd in college football. The Warriors run for an average of 160.6 yards per game on 33.5 attempts for an average of 4.8 yards per carry. That ranks them 83rd in the nation. They also run 64.8 plays per contest and average 5.9 yards per play for an average of 382.9 yards per game, ranking their offense 88th overall this season. The Warriors average 18.8 first downs per game which ranks them 107th in the country. They accumulate 68.4 penalty yards per game via 8.1 penalties, which ranks 11th in the nation.
Hawaii allows 211.6 passing yards per game, ranking 45th in D-1, and they allow 37.5 points per contest on defense, which ranks 115th. They give up 16.6 completions on 26.3 attempts per game for a completion percentage of 63.2. The Warriors allow 243.8 rushing yards per game on 46 carries for an average of 5.3 yards per carry, which ranks their rush defense 117th in the country. Hawaii allows 455.4 total yards per game including 6.3 yards per play, which ranks their overall defense 104th in terms of yards per game. They force 1.1 turnovers per contest and get flagged for 6.7 penalties for 63.5 yards per game, ranking them 106th among D-1 teams.
Middle Tennessee State averages 40.1 points per game this season on offense, which ranks them 16th in the country. In the passing department, they complete 26.6 passes per game on 42.1 attempts for a 63.2 percent completion percentage. They throw for 317 yards through the air per game, ranking them 12th in Division 1. The Blue Raiders run for an average of 197.8 yards per game on 32.9 attempts for an average of 6 yards per carry this season, which ranks them 46th on the ground. They also run 75 plays per game and average 6.9 yards per play for a total of 514.8 yards per game, ranking them 10th in the country on offense. The Blue Raiders get an average of 24.5 first downs per game, which ranks 18th in the nation. They average 53.3 penalty yards per game via 5.8 penalties, ranking them 69th in college football.
Middle Tennessee State allows an average of 247.1 passing yards per game, which ranks 88th in Division 1. Their defense overall allows 34.4 points per contest, which has them ranked 101st in the nation. They give up 22.1 completions on 38.3 attempts for a completion percentage of 57.6 per game. The Blue Raiders allow 198.2 rushing yards per contest on 44.6 carries for a 4.4 average per rush, ranking their overall rush defense 83rd in the country. Middle Tennessee State allows 445.3 total yards per game for an average of 5.4 yards per play, which ranks 92nd in D-1. They force 1.6 turnovers per contest and 5.7 penalties for 53 yards in each contest, ranking 71st in the nation.
Hawaii Betting Trends
Hawaii is 8-4-0 against the over/under this season
Hawaii has an ATS record of 5-7-0 this season
Middle Tennessee State Betting Trends
Middle Tennessee State is 8-4-0 against the over/under this season
Middle Tennessee State has an ATS record of 6-5-1 this season
Injuries to Watch
09/14/16 RB Melvin Davis Illness out for season
Middle Tennessee State
12/05/16 QB Brent Stockstill Collarbone is upgraded to "?" Saturday vs. Hawaii
12/05/16 2nd QB John Urzua Concussion injured last game, "?" Saturday vs. Hawaii
12/04/16 OL Carlos Johnson Undisclosed "?" Saturday vs. Hawaii
09/06/16 DE Chris Hale Knee out indefinitely
09/06/16 WR Demetrius Frazier Leg out for season
08/30/16 RB Shane Tucker Leg out for season
08/29/16 WR Jocquez Bruce Ankle out for season
08/19/16 WR Terry Pettis Leg out for season
Tony's Pick: Take Middle Tennessee State
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