- Hawaii is set as the Underdog in this matchup, despite playing in their home state.
- The BYU Cougars have two big wins on their season having beaten the Boise State Broncos and the USC Trojans.
- Hawaii quarterback Cole McDonlad has been lighting up the scoreboard all season which could help those betting the over.
HONOLULU - The SoFi Hawaii Bowl's first game was in 2002 when the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors faced off against the Tulane Green Wave. Since losing their first appearance in the Hawaii Bowl, the Warriors will make their ninth appearance in the bowl against the BYU Cougars.
Making their first appearance at the Hawaii Bowl, the Cougars (-125) are favored over Hawaii (+105) to win their 16th bowl game. Bettors should not count out Hawaii, however. US Sportsbooks dive in on both teams to see what can happen in this bowl game.
Winning their last two bowl games, the Cougars come into this bowl season beating a few noticeable teams. Starting out the season with a loss to Utah, the Cougars came back the next weekend shocking the Tennessee Volunteers in Knoxville.
Quarterback Zach Wilson has done nothing but played well for the Cougars leading them to a 7-5 season. Throwing for over 2,000 yards, Wilson has helped this offense finish the season ranked 39th in college football.
This offense has a few weapons around Wilson helping this offense put up over 400 yards a game. Wilson likes to spread the ball to a lot of his weapons as he has four players with over 35 catches on the season.
Beating teams like the USC Trojans and the Boise State Broncos, the Cougars could take this victory with ease. Facing those opponents and finding a way to win shows that this team can compete with anybody and will be prepared for this tough competition at Aloha Stadium.
Last year, the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors ended their season with a bowl loss in the exact same bowl game they are heading to this on Christmas Eve. Being the underdog this year, that should do nothing but motivate this team to go out and get a victory that is well deserved. Sitting at 9-5, the Warriors have shown they have the potential to pull off the upset and shock a few bettors.
The last time the Warriors won a bowl game, quarterback Cole McDonald was a freshman. Now with over 3,500 yards passing and 29 touchdowns, McDonald looks like the guy who can get them their first bowl victory since 2016.
Not only is McDonald a great passer, but he also is mobile with over 300 yards rushing and 6 rushing touchdowns. Having a mobile quarterback can only help your offense. Behind his legs and his arms, McDonald has this offense ranked 13th in the NCAA. With over a total of 6,500 yards, this Warriors team looks to give BYU problems with McDonald leading the charge.
McDonald has enough weapons around him with one receiver eclipsing 1,000 yards and three other receivers on their way to eclipsing it as well. And if that isn’t enough, running back Miles Reed has over 800 rushing yards with eight touchdowns.
A big win against Oregon State has led the Warriors schedule of wins this season. With over 55 touchdowns on the season and averaging 469 yards per game, This Warriors team is not a team to be slept on. With an over/under set at 64 points, betting over could the way to go. The Warriors have the offense to put up points against anyone and should prove that against the Cougars.