By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
For just the second-time in Bowl history, the Hawai’i Bowl will not be played on either Christmas Day or Christmas Eve. This year’s SoFi Hawai’i Bowl will be played on Saturday night.
The December 22nd date is the earliest this game has been played. The only other time this game was not played on Christmas Day or Christmas Eve was on December 23rd, 2007 when the East Carolina Pirates defeated the Boise State Broncos, 41-38.
The Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors face the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs on the island. The game will kick off at 10:30 pm EST at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawai’i.
The Rainbow Warriors went 8-5 this season. This is a home game for Hawai’i, who went 5-2 at home in 2018.
The Bulldogs bring a 7-5 record into this game. Four of their seven wins came on the road, as they went 4-3 away from home.
According to Covers.com Consensus Analysis, the Rainbow Warriors have a 51% chance to win this game, according to their public poll. Their expert poll; however, gives the Bulldogs a 67% chance to win this game.
This is the 11th meeting all-time between these two teams. Hawai’i leads the all-time series 8-2.
This is the first meeting between the schools since 2011. The Rainbow Warriors won 44-26 over the Bulldogs on October 1st, 2011.
The Rainbow Warriors also won 41-21 over the Bulldogs on October 2nd, 2010. Hawai’i also won 24-14 on October 11th, 2008 over the Bulldogs. They also won 45-44 over the Bulldogs on September 8th, 2007.
Hawai’i won 61-17 over the Bulldogs on November 11th, 2006. The Rainbow Warriors also won 34-23 over the Bulldogs on November 6th, 2004.
They also won 44-41 over the Bulldogs on October 18th, 2003. The team also won 27-10 over the Bulldogs on November 18th, 2000.
Louisiana Tech won their last meeting with a 27-6 over Hawai’i on September 30th, 2009. They also won 46-14 over Hawai’i on October 8th, 2005.
The Rainbow Warriors have a 6-5 all-time Bowl record. The team won its last Bowl game, as they won 52-35 over the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders on December 24th, 2016.
That win snapped a three-game Bowl losing streak. They last lost a Bowl game with a 62-35 loss to the Tulsa Golden Hurricane in the Hawai’i Bowl on December 24th, 2010.
This is Hawai’i’s eighth appearance in the Hawai’i Bowl. They have a 4-3 appearance in this Bowl game.
Louisiana Tech has a 6-3-1 Bowl record all-time. The Bulldogs have won their last four Bowl games.
They defeated the SMU Mustangs, 51-10, in the DXL Frisco Bowl on December 20th, 2017 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. The Bulldogs also won 48-45 over the Navy Midshipmen in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forced Bowl on December 23rd, 2016 at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas.
Louisiana Tech also won 47-28 over the Arkansas State Red Wolves, 47-28, in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl on December 19th, 2015 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Bulldogs won 35-18 over the Illinois Fighting Illini in the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl on December 26th, 2014 at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas.
They have not lost a Bowl game since losing 31-24 to the TCU Horned Frogs in the Poinsettia Bowl on December 21st, 2011 at Snapdragon Stadium in San Diego, California.
This is Louisiana Tech’s first appearance in the game.
Louisiana Tech is averaging 24.2 points per game. They are averaging 373.2 total yards per game.
Their defense is allowing 23.8 points per game. They are also allowing 350.9 total yards per contest.
Bulldogs quarterback J’Mar Smith has gone 245 of 430 for 2,875 yards. He also has 14 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
Jaqwis Dancy leads the Bulldogs backs with 109 carries for 610 yards and nine touchdowns. Adrian Hardy leads the Bulldogs receivers with 69 receptions for 1,052 yards and five touchdowns.
Hawai’i is averaging 32.1 points per game. They are averaging 434.8 total yards per game.
Their defense is allowing 35.4 points per game. They are also allowing 438.7 total yards per contest.
Rainbow Warriors quarterback Cole McDonald has gone 275 of 464 for 3,790 yards. He also has 35 touchdowns and eight interceptions.
Dayton Furuta leads the Rainbow Warriors backs with 90 carries for 450 yards and two touchdowns. John Ursua leads the Rainbow Warriors receivers with 89 receptions for 1,343 yards and 16 touchdowns.
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