We are deep in the heart of bowl season in college football, which is great news for fans and bettors who like to get in on the action every single night. We have seen some lesser bowls played at this point, bit once we get to Christmas and beyond, we begin to see some of the bigger schools make an appearance. We do have a bit of a treat set to go on Christmas Eve, with the EasyPost Hawaii Bowl on the schedule. This is one of those situations where one team has a bit of an edge by getting to play at home in what is traditionally games played in neutral venues. Despite having the home field edge, the Rainbow Warriors are in as an 8 ½ point underdog. The point total for this one has been set at 55 ½. Let’s take a closer look at the upcoming match between Memphis and Hawaii so you can bet against the College Football Bowl odds.
NCAAF Betting Analysis for Memphis Tigers Vs Hawaii Rainbow Warriors – Hawaii Bowl Odds
Memphis Vs Hawaii Game Info & Odds
- When: Friday, December 24 at 8 PM EST
- Where: Clarence TC Ching Sports Complex, Hawaii
- TV: ESPN
- Money Line: Hawaii +245 / Memphis -305
- Total: Over 55 (-110) / Under 55 (-110)
- Spread: Memphis -8.5 (-110) / Hawaii +8.5 (-110)
Why bet on the Memphis Tigers
Outside of the college football playoff games, there isn’t really a ton of pressure in most bowl games. That said, the Memphis Tigers showed their ability to handle the pressure after winning their final game of the regular season to become bowl eligible. A big part of their problem this season was their inability to get the job done on the road, going 2-5 SU in road games this season. That in itself makes it a little surprising that they are in as such a heavy favorite here. Another stat that makes their favoritism seem a little odd is the fact that they have failed to cover the spread in each of their last 9 games played away from home. The Tigers have been very much trending towards the UNDER, too, with 11 of their last 16 games going that route.
Why bet on the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors
There is a lot of talk about momentum in sports, and if this game were played immediately after the end of the regular season, you would have to like Hawaii coming into this game. They closed out their season with back-to-back wins to get to 6-7 on the season, racking up 88 points over the course of those final 2 games. As mentioned earlier, it has to be seen as some kind of advantage to have any game played on home field, with the Rainbow Warriors going 4-2 SU in their home games this season. In terms of the spread, Hawaii went 3-2-1 ATS at home, so it’s not as if they are totally unbeatable at home. While the OVER has hit in 4 of their last 6 games overall, it has been the UNDER that has come in with 10 of the last 15 games that Hawaii started as the underdog.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
Given all the trends that we have looked at here, you would have to say that the smart play would be to take Hawaii against the spread. I do still think that Memphis will eke this one out, plus I like the point total to go OVER.
Hawaii Bowl Betting Pick: Memphis Tigers 30 Hawaii Rainbow Warriors 27