Hawaii at San Jose State: 12/5/20 College Football Picks and Prediction

San Jose State Spartans (4-0) vs Hawaii Rainbow Warriors (3-3)

Game Info: Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 4:00 pm (CEFCU Stadium)

Betting Odds: San Jose State Spartans -7 -- Over/Under: 55.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors will travel to CEFCU Stadium to take on the San Jose State Spartans this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.

The Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors snapped their 2-game losing streak and improved to 3-3 (3-3 Mountain West) on the season after defeating the Nevada Wolf Pack, 24-21, this past Saturday. Hawai’i was able to get out to a 17-7 halftime lead and was able to hold on late after a 2-yard TD run by Chevan Cordeiro gave the Rainbow Warriors a 10-point lead with 9:31 left in regulation. Hawai’i was outgained by Nevada by a 376-365 margin, however, didn’t commit a turnover in the victory. Leading the way for the Rainbow Warriors was QB Chevan Cordeiro who completed 26 of 32 passes for 246 yards & 1 TD while also rushing for 62 yards & 1 TD. 

On the season, Hawai’i is averaging 24.3 ppg on 386.5 total yards per game (242.8 passing yds/g; 143.7 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Hawai’i has been led by QB Chevan Cordeiro who has completed 61.4% of his passes for 1,457 yards, 9 TD, & 4 INT. Cordeiro is also the leading rusher for the Rainbow Warriors as he has 326 yards & 4 TD’s on 85 carries. The top receiving threats for the Rainbow Warriors have been Jared Smart (26 rec, 242 yards, TD), Rico Bussey (22 rec, 195 yards), and Zion Bowens (5 rec, 145 yards, 2 TD). Leading the way for the Hawai’i backfield has been the duo of Miles Reed (59 att, 239 yards, TD) and Calvin Turner (35 att, 198 yards, 3 TD; 25 rec, 369 yards, 5 TD).

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Defensively, Hawai’i is allowing their opponents to average 29.7 ppg on 406.8 total yards per game (183.3 passing yds; 223.5 rushing yds/g).

The San Jose State Spartans has had their last two games cancelled due to Covid-19 and come into this game with an overall record of 4-0 (4-0 Mountain West) after defeating the UNLV Rebels, 34-17, on November 14th. San Jose State was outstanding on both ends of the ball against the Rebels and had no trouble securing the victory after taking a 31-17 lead late in the 3rd quarter. San Jose State outgained UNLV by a 457-294 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Spartans was QB Nick Starkel who completed 17 of 8 passes for 274 yards, 2 TD, & 1 INT.

On the season, San Jose State has been led by QB Nick Starkel who has completed 70.1% of his passes for 980 yards, 9 TD, & 2 INT. The top receiving threats for the Spartans have been Bailey Gaither (27 rec, 432 yards, 4 TD), Tre Walker (22 rec, 265 yards, 2 TD), and Derrick Deese Jr.  (10 rec, 145 yards, 3 TD). Backup QB Nick Nash (64.3 Comp %, 190 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT) is also their top rusher as he has 177 rushing yards & 1 TD on 26 carries. Also, in the backfield for San Jose State has been the duo of Tyler Nevens (23 att, 118 yards, 2 TD) and Kairee Robinson (36 att, 106 yards, TD).

Defensively, San Jose State is holding their opponents to an average of 15.3 ppg on 349.3 total yards per game (217.8 passing yds/g; 131.5 rushing yds/g).

The Rainbow Warriors are 4-2 ATS in their last 6 December games, however, are just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. San Jose State. The Spartans are 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 December games.

Hawai’i is a decent team, however, San Jose State is team to beat in the Mountain West in my opinion as the Spartans can both score the ball and have an incredible defense that ranks t-6th in scoring defense. I expected this line to be in the double-digits and as it’s only a TD, I think San Jose State will have no trouble covering. Good Luck!

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Brett’s Pick San Jose State Spartans -7

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