Middle Tennessee Vs San Diego State Betting Trends & Analysis - Hawaii Bowl Preview

Middle Tennessee Vs San Diego State Betting Trends & Analysis – Hawaii Bowl Preview

The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (7-5) and San Diego State Aztecs (7-5) could not have been too upset when they found out they’d be playing in the 2022 EasyPost Hawai’i Bowl. Middle Tennessee heads to the island out of Conference USA, while San Diego State has been a mainstay in the Mountain West Conference. The bowl matchup will be the first-ever meeting between the two programs.

The Christmas Eve kickoff is at 8 p.m. EST at Clarence T.C. Ching Athletics Complex in Honolulu, Hawaii. San Diego State is a seven-point favorite, and the over/under total is 49.5 points. With all that in mind, let’s have a look at the upcoming Hawaii Bowl game between Middle Tennessee and San Diego State so you can bet on the NCAA Football Bowl Odds.

Who is Playing in the Hawaii Bowl? | Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders vs San Diego State Aztecs Betting Preview

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders

After a rough start, the Blue Raiders turned the season around to win four of their last five and become bowl eligible. Middle Tennessee finished the regular season in a tie for fourth place in Conference USA. Rick Stockstill is in his 17th season as head coach of the Blue Raiders.

The offense for Middle Tennessee averaged 29.2 points and 390.0 yards during the regular season. On the defensive-side of the ball, the Blue Raiders held opponents to 28.1 points and 321.8 yards of offense.

Chase Cunningham guided the Blue Raiders offense, passing for 2,920 yards, 19 touchdowns, and nine interceptions. Cunningham completed 67.4% of his throws and added six TDs on the ground.

In the run game, Frank Peasant was the primary ball carrier for MTSU, tallying 165 carries for 747 yards and nine touchdowns. Peasant averaged 4.5 yards per carry and hauled in 26 receptions out of the backfield.

Cunningham spread the ball around through the air, with three receivers having 48 receptions or more. Jaylin Lane led the trio, catching 59 passes for 829 yards and four scores.

San Diego State Aztecs

San Diego State won five of its final seven games but ended the regular season with a loss against the Air Force. The Aztecs finished conference play with a 5-3 mark, sitting in second place in their division of the MWC. The football program is guided by third-year head coach Brady Hoke.

Offensively, the Aztecs scored 21.3 points per contest while averaging 321.8 yards of offense. SDSU’s defense surrendered 20.2 points and 335.4 yards to opposing offenses. 

Jalen Mayden took over the quarterbacking duties after the first five games, finishing the season completing 62.9% of his throws for 1,721 yards. Mayden tossed ten touchdowns and threw seven interceptions.

San Diego State utilized numerous running backs throughout the year, splitting time between five running backs. Jordan Byrd, Jaylon Armstead, and Kenon Christon led the way, combining for 963 yards and six touchdowns.

On the outside, the wide receiving usage was similar to the run game, with multiple players stepping up. Tyrell Shaver tallied 581 yards, averaging 17.1 yard per catch, and found the endzone three times. Jesse Matthews led the Aztecs with 38 receptions, racking up 409 yards receiving and three touchdowns.


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