It is a homecoming for SMU head coach June Jones who used to coach Hawaii. Normally in NCAA football betting this game has featured the Hawaii football team but not this year since the Warriors finished with a losing record.
Sheraton Hawaii Bowl betting has Nevada as a 14-point favorite with a total of 73 against SMU. This is the first bowl game for SMU in 25 years. It will not be an easy matchup for SMU in Sheraton Hawaii Bowl betting since Nevada runs the ball effectively. "We're excited to play Nevada," SMU head coach June Jones said, "Having played Nevada Reno many times while I was at Hawaii, I have a great deal of respect for Coach Ault and his program. Their rushing attack will pose a stiff challenge, but we're really looking forward to the game."
Nevada made NCAA history this season as they had three rushers that had over 1,000 yards. The Wolf Pack are first in the country in rushing at 362.3 yards per game. They are second in total offense at 521.6 yards per game. SMU is 88th in the country in rushing defense allowing 169.2 yards per game.
Nevada is playing in their fifth straight bowl overall. They were involved in Sheraton Hawaii Bowl betting in 2005 as they defeated Central Florida 49-48. It's "a one-of-a-kind experience," Nevada head coach Chris Ault said, "SMU has a diverse offense and a sound defense that make it a very good team."
Sheraton Hawaii Bowl betting has SMU as 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games as an underdog. The problem for SMU in Sheraton Hawaii Bowl betting is that they are just 4-9-1 in NCAA football betting in their last 14 non-conference games. In this series between the two teams, the underdog is 3-1-1 in NCAA football betting in their last 5 meetings.
Nevada comes into Sheraton Hawaii Bowl betting at 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Wolf Pack are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite. They are just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games.
Five of the last six SMU games against WAC teams have gone over in NCAA football betting. Five of the last seven Nevada games overall have gone over the total.