Nevada may be a double-digit favorite in the Hawaii Bowl on Thursday night but SMU is likely to have the home crowd edge. The Mustangs are coached by former Hawaii coach June Jones and he is likely to get a lot of support from the Hawaii fans. This will be the first bowl game for SMU in 25 years.
Nevada is a 12.5 point favorite with a total of 72.5 at SBG Global.
In Jones’ first season the Mustangs went 1-11 but he turned things around this season and ended the losing at SMU. The Mustangs were very streaking this season as they won two straight, lost four of five and then won four of five to finish 7-5. Now SMU gets to play in the college football betting Hawaii Bowl, a game in which Jones is very familiar. “I am so happy that our players will be able to have this experience,” said Jones, “Reaching our first bowl game in 25 years is special – not only for our current student-athletes, but also for the guys who came before them.”
There is no question a lot of points are going to be scored on Thursday. SMU is led by running back Shawnbrey McNeal and freshman quarterback Kyle Padron who threw for 1,462 yards and eight touchdowns in six games. They also have Emmanuel Sanders who had 91 catches and 1,215 yards.
Nevada made NCAA history this college football betting season with three 1,000 yard rushers. They have the best rushing attack in the country and they were second in total offense at 521.6 yards per game. “What we’ve done on offense this year, it is special,” coach Chris Ault said. “It all starts with the guys up front. And the biggest part of it is (Colin Kaepernick) he is the trigger man on the whole deal.” Kaepernick ran for a career-high 1,160 yards and 16 TDs this season.
Neither one of these defense is any good so points should be easy to come by. Nevada can’t stop the pass and SMU can’t stop the run. The Mustangs are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games as an underdog. The Mustangs are 4-9-1 ATS in their last 14 non-conference games.
The Wolf Pack are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Wolf Pack are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite.
The Over is 5-1 in the Mustangs last 6 vs. the WAC. The Under is 7-3-1 in the Mustangs last 11 games as an underdog. The Over is 5-2 in the Wolf Pack’s last 7 games overall.