through 2 quarters
Down three at the end of the last quarter, the Fresno State Bulldogs have now taken the lead. At halftime, neither team has the fight in the bag, but Fresno State leads 14-10 over the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors. The Bulldogs were led by WR Zane Pope, who so far has caught three passes for two touchdowns and 91 yards.
Fresno State capitalized on the performance of Pope, who caught three passes for two touchdowns and 91 yards. Pope’s performance makes up for a slower clash against the UNLV Rebels last week.
Fresno State and Hawaii entered this game with wins in previous games. We’ll see if Fresno State can maintain its lead to secure another victory and reverse Hawaii’s positive energy.
No. 18 Fresno State @ Hawaii
Current records: Fresno State 4-1; Hawaii 2-3
What there is to know
The Fresno State Bulldogs and Hawaii Rainbow Warriors will face off in a matchup in Mountain West at 11 p.m. ET on October 2 at the Clarence TC Ching Complex. These two teams enter the competition strengthened by victories in their previous matches.
Fresno State managed to pull off a solid victory over the UNLV Rebels last week, winning 38-30. The victory came thanks to a strong push after the first quarter to overcome a deficit of 14 to nothing. QB Jake Haener and WR Jalen Cropper were among the Bulldogs’ main playmakers as the former had five touchdowns and 378 yards on 41 attempts and the latter caught ten passes for four touchdowns and 108 yards.
The Fresno State defense was also there, as it crossed the UNLV offensive line to sack the quarterback four times for a total loss of 21 yards. The heavy lifting was done by DT Kevin Atkins and LB Arron Mosby, who each racked up 1.5 sacks.
Meanwhile, Hawaii didn’t have too many problems with the New Mexico State Aggies on the road last week as they won 41-21.
Fresno State is the favorite in this one, with an expected margin of victory of 10.5 points. Those burned by picking them ATS last Friday may want to keep in mind that the team have yet to give up back-to-back ATS games this season.
The victories took the Bulldogs to 4-1 and the Rainbow Warriors to 2-3. Two defensive stats to keep in mind as you watch: Fresno State stumbles into the game with the nation’s 198th most TDs allowed, after allowing 14 this season. Hawaii has had its own struggles as it is the 241st worst in the country in touchdowns allowed, with 19 this season. It’s possible that one of those Achilles’ heels will end up tripping the losing team.
How to watch
- When: Saturday at 11 p.m. ET
- Or: Clarence TC Ching Complex – Honolulu, Hawaii
- TV: CBS Sports Network
- Direct: CBSSports.com or fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
- Look on your phone: CBS Sports app
- Watch on smart TV: CBS Sports app on Roku and Fire TV
The Bulldogs are a 10.5 point favorite against the Rainbow Warriors, according to the latest college football odds.
The punters had a good idea of the line for this one, as the game opened with the Bulldogs as the 11-point favorite.
Over / Under: -110
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History of the series
Fresno State has won four of its last six games against Hawaii.
- October 24, 2020 – Hawaii 34 v Fresno State 19
- November 03, 2019 – Fresno State 41 vs Hawaii 38
- October 27, 2018 – Fresno State 50 vs. Hawaii 20
- November 11, 2017 – Fresno State 31 vs. Hawaii 21
- November 19, 2016 – Hawaii 14 vs. Fresno State 13
- November 14, 2015 – Fresno State 42 vs. Hawaii 14