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#199 San Jose State vs.
#200 Hawaii
Sunday, November 10, 2019 at 12:00am EST
Aloha Stadium, Honolulu
Written by Joshua Broom

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Pride and possible bowl eligibility are at stake when Mountain West rivals Hawaii and San Jose State meet this weekend from Hawaii. After a quality 4-1 start, and subsequent top-25 ranking, the Rainbow Warriors have since lost three of four.

Minus the early season high, SJSU has dropped three of four and sit 1-4 in conference play. With a bye week upcoming, the Spartans must win two of their remaining three to become bowl eligible.

Hawaii enters the -7.5 point favorite. Last season, the visiting Rainbow Warriors edged San Jose State 44-41.

Hawaii seeks bowl eligibility

Led by a prolific offense, and stymied by a shaky defense, Hawaii ranks among the nation’s most exciting teams. That excitement was fully displayed last week as Fresno scored 24 unanswered to rally past the host Rainbow Warriors. In defeat, four Hawaii players ran for touchdowns, including quarterback Cole McDonald who tossed 22 of 42 for another score and one interception.

True to form, the Rainbows defense allowed 514 yards, proving equally inept at stopping the rush and pass. Fresno ran for three touchdowns, passed for two and Cesar Silva’s 37-yard FG ended matters.

At 5-4, some urgency to become bowl eligible is sinking in for Hawaii. The Rainbow Warriors allow 36 points per game #122 FBS. Only their 36.8 ppg (#20) keeps Hawaii above competitive water. Though their tide is rising as the season ebbs.

SJSU looks to continue forward progress

Amid a turnaround season after winning one game last year, SJSU’s statistical profile is Hawaii-lite. The Spartans allow 31.9 ppg (#100 FBS) and score 29.9 ppg (#63 FBS). In their latest outing, San Jose State was outslugged 52-42 by heavy-handed Boise State. While each team left their defense in the locker room, BSU’s George Holani added four touchdown runs. Overall, the Broncos ran for six scores.

Meanwhile led by Dejon Packer’s two end zone rushes, SJSU added three rushing touchdowns. Quarterback Josh Love threw two scoring strikes, but the team’s front line sabotaged their credible efforts.

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With two slinging quarterbacks, this mid-major gem will be an offensive-lover’s delight. Expect Hawaii, led by McDonald to do just a bit more than Josh Love’s Spartans while feasting vs. a bottom 100 defense. However, the Spartans will also surpass their usual offensive totals on the Aloha Island. With Hawaii in a funk, expect a slight SJSU cover.

Prediction: SJSU ATS

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And in that sense, the sense that offense wins games, which is what these programs live and die by, today’s contest will hit the Over. And the Over is set at a massive 77.5.

Prediction: Over
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Written By Joshua Broom

A lifelong sports enthusiast, Joshua Broom has lent his thirty-plus years of insight to several sports outlets and has appeared on national radio to talk hoops. Now a dedicated handicapper, Joshua avidly critiques NBA, MLB and college and professional basketball and football trends for the betting public. Check out his picks today at Stat Salt to get a leg up on your bookie.