The Hawaii Bowl is just one of the great bowl games that will highlight the schedule. The Nevada Wolfpack and the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles were the two lucky teams that received an invite to this bowl game. It may not be a BCS bowl game, but you can’t beat the location.
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The college football oddsfor this game opened with the Golden Eagles as six point favorites. This line has been bet up to seven points in some locations with 69% of the public on the Golden Eagles.
This is mainly because the world saw Southern Miss stop Houston’s winning streak, eliminating them from a BCS bowl. While there is no denying that Southern Mississippi is a very good team, they are in a state of flux at the moment.
The Golden Eagles are unhappy about going to Hawaii to play in this bowl game. "It's unfortunate that we didn't get to go to the Liberty Bowl," quarterback Austin Davis said. "Obviously, being conference champs, that's the No. 1 bowl that Conference USA wants to send their champion team to." That’s not all, it gets worse.
Head coach Larry Fedora will be leaving the Golden Eagles for the head coaching job at North Carolina. Fedora will be coaching the Golden Eagles in this game, but the players feel slighted by the move. So the Golden Eagles are unhappy with their bowl selection and are not motivated to play for a coach that is bailing on them. That sets up for a letdown on the islands. The players will be easily distracted and won’t focus on winning this game, and covering the number is out of the question.
The Nevada defense ranked second in the Western Athletic Conference, and they are exceptional against the pass. Defensive tackle Brett Roy will wreak havoc in the Southern Miss backfield and that will lead to turnovers. On offense, the Wolfpack has enough talent to put up some points.
The Wolf Pack are 5-1 ATS in their last six games as an underdog and -0 ATS in their last four non-conference games.
The Golden Eagles are 0-4 ATS in their last four against the WAC and are on upset alert in this bowl game.
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