At the beginning of his arrival at Arizona, Kevin Sumlin was celebrated as the perfect fit. Sumlin had just been fired at Texas A&M but respected for producing annual bowl teams. Additionally, he was known as Johnny “Football” Manziel’s coach. Even though Sumlin did not recruit the Heisman Trophy winner. Last year Sumlin inherited a 7-6 team from predecessor Rich Rodriguez. Arizona’s betting on NCAA football record of 5-7 revealed all of Sumlin’s weaknesses. By contrast Hawaii coach Nick Rolovich led a resurgent 8-6 bowl campaign. Hawaii will attempt to build on that season with more consistency.
Arizona Wildcats vs. Hawaii Rainbow Warriors
|Date and Time:||Saturday, August 24, 2019|
|Location:||Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii|
|Arizona vs. Hawaii TV Coverage||CBCSN|
Betting on NCAA Football Odds at SBG: Arizona -11.5, Hawaii +11.5
At the onset of Sumlin’s arrival were dreams of Pac 12 South Division titles. Enthusiasm was such that over $41 million was spent on facility improvements for football. Arizona stumbled badly with four losses in their first six games. Quarterback Khalil Tate was considered to be the ultimate betting on NCAA football asset in 2017. But Sumlin changed the offense and it threw Tate off his game. Tate returns but which Tate it will be remains in question. Arizona blew a 40-21 fourth quarter lead to Arizona State which was a bitter end to 2018.
Certainly the 41-40 loss at Arizona State in the Territorial Cup game was tough to take. A bowl invite was nuked by the Wildcats arch rivals. From this point Arizona will need to show they are responding to Sumlin. Tate will have to prove that 2017 was no fluke. And a defense ranked 92nd overall and 98th for points allowed must tighten. Indeed, Sumlin’s Texas A&M teams had the reputation for being soft. Nothing has changed that perception.
Back to the Future
Hawaii went back to what worked best for them in their glory years under June Jones. Accordingly, junior quarterback Cole McDonald made second team Mountain West last year. Hawaii averaged 31 points per game.
Arizona Hawaii Betting Trends
Late on the Wildcats have been a solid road chalk. Arizona has paid in seven of their last 11 laying points away from home. Five of their last seven in that role went over the total. Contrarily the Rainbow Warriors have not been reliable as a home dog. Hawaii has covered in just five of their last 16 games getting points at home. Only two of their last seven in that place went over the total.
Wildcats vs. Rainbow Warriors Head to Head vs. Spread
Fashion that Hawaii has failed to cover either of their previous offshore bookmaker matchups against Arizona. These teams last met in the 2016 season. Arizona prevailed at home 47-28 in that matchup. The game went over the total.
Matchup to Watch
In this situation Hawaii is a dangerous betting on NCAA football home dog. By contrast to Arizona the Hawaii program has momentum. Balanced against that is an Arizona team lacking confidence.
Arizona vs. Hawaii Betting on NCAA Football Picks
In view of program projections Hawaii plus the points at home looks like a great bet.
Arizona vs. Hawaii Betting on NCAA Football Pick: Hawaii Rainbow Warriors
Arizona vs. Hawaii Betting on NCAA Football Score Prediction: Hawaii 42, Arizona 34
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