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How and what to watch for Boise State vs. Hawai’i

Boise State scored three touchdowns on blocked kicks last weekend. That won’t happen again, but can the Broncos cover the spread on the road against Hawai’i?

Hawaii Warriors quarterback Chevan Cordeiro moves out to pass against the San Diego State Aztecs during the second half at Dignity Health Sports Park. Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The Boise State Broncos will find themselves on a green field when they had on the road to play the Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors in the final game this Saturday night.

Boise State comes in with a 3-1 record and will have its starting quarterback Hank Bachmeier in the lineup. He missed two games after testing positive for COVID-19, but returned to the field last week for a 52-21 win over Colorado State, and what a crazy game that was. Boise State blocked two punts and a field goal, returning all three for touchdowns, and the Broncos also had a defensive score. Four non-offensive touchdowns could be hard to duplicate for a long time. Thank you for your weirdness, college football.

Hawai’i is a 2-2 team so far in 2020 with wins over Fresno State and New Mexico and losses to Wyoming and San Diego State. The Rainbow Warriors’ biggest issue is stopping the run where they are allowing 5.4 yards per rushing attempt, 113th of the 127 teams competing playing this season. The offense just about average in all categories, but it will need to step up to keep this game close as two-touchdown underdogs.

Boise State won eight games in a row in this series including a 31-10 home win in the Mountain West title game in 2019.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch Boise State vs. Hawai’i on Saturday, Nov. 21 at 11:00 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network, or you can stream it via the CBS Sports app with a cable or streaming service login.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: Boise State (-14) vs. Hawai’i
Point Total: 55.5
Money line: Boise State (-560) vs. Hawai’i (+400)

  • Boise State is 8-0 straight up in its last eight games against Hawai’i and covered in each of the last seven.
  • Boise State is 15-3 straight up in its last 18 games and covered in six of its last nine games.
  • Hawai’i is 7-3 in its last 10 straight up but just 2-4 against the spread in its last six.

Betting splits

Boise State: (81% of handle, 79% percent of bets)
Hawai’i: (19% of handle, 21% percent of bets)

The Best Bet

At least one team has scored 31 points or more in each of Hawai’i’s first four games, and I think there’s a decent possibility both teams can make that happen on Saturday night with the defenses struggling to stop anybody. Boise State put up just 291 yards of offense last weekend, so it’s absurd it finished with 52 points, but the Broncos will need to score quite a bit in what will be a Mountain West shootout.

Pick: Over 58

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