Army vs. Hawaii Betting Odds, Picks & Predictions: Will the Rainbow Warriors Be Motivated?
Jennifer Buchanan, USA Today Sports. Pictured: Miles Reed
Army vs. Hawaii Odds
- Spread: Hawaii -2.5
- Over/Under: 56.5
- Time: Sunday, 12:30 a.m. ET
- TV: CBS Sports Network
The college football gambling regular season will come to its glorious yet tragic conclusion in the only way it can — late-night football on the Island.
And this week, it’s actually on TV.
Hawaii will host Army after the Rainbow Warriors clinched the Mountain West’s West division against San Diego State last week. It’s the first time they’ve reached the MWC title game.
Army needs a win to get bowl eligible. The Black Knights have fallen off in a big way after consecutive 10-win seasons, particularly on defense.
But does Army have an advantage in the trenches that can lead it to victory? Let’s dive in.
Model Prediction for Army-Hawaii
- Spread: Hawaii -4
Will Hawaii Show Up?
Congratulations are in order for the Rainbow Warriors, as they have won their first every West division title in a narrow victory over San Diego State.
The tarot cards Nick Rolovich brought to Mountain West Media Days paid off, but nowhere in those cards could forecast a 5-6 Army team desperate for a win coming to the island to finish the regular season.
Hawaii football coach Rolovich brought a tarot card reader to #MountainWest Media Days in #Vegas. Here she's telling @JeffCaves and @BsuBob that they need to live more balanced lives. They 'need to embrace life's purpose and energies." @MikeFPrater is about to get rich, she said! pic.twitter.com/jAmG9KOctn
— 93.1 KTIK The Ticket (@ktik931fm) July 23, 2019
All kidding aside, Hawai’i is one week away from a Mountain West title game against Boise State. The furthest thing from the players and coaches minds is Army.
The biggest matchup in this game, like always when handicapping a service academy team, is how a defense fares in the trenches. Hawai’i may have issues with a defensive rushing success, Power Success and Stuff Rate all outside the top 100.
This may be a big spot for the Black Knights, as Army’s offense ranks No. 4 in rushing success, No. 1 in Stuff Rate and No. 11 in finishing drives.
Army will have all the motivation it needs for that elusive sixth win to make bowl season.
Hawai’i has a top 10 in success rate, which should equate to yards against the Army defense, but Army’s opponents deal with the same issue of a low number of possessions, requiring a team to be flawless in their offensive drives.
Hawai’i is 104th in the nation in penalties compared to Army’s top 14 rank. Look for Army to capitalize once again against Hawai’i, which will have its mind on the MWC title game and bowl season.
Pick: Army +2.5 [In New Jersey? Bet now at PointsBet]