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Bowl Picks: 2016 Hawaii Bowl, Hawaii vs. Middle Tennessee

[lead align=”default”]Fun in the sun is in the cards when it comes to the 2016 Hawaii Bowl between Middle Tennessee and Hawaii.[/lead]

Seriously, the weather will be nice, and it’s Hawaii, so believe it. Sunny about about 80 degrees sounds about right. For one of these schools, however, it’ll be a little more fun than the other.

The Hawaii Rainbow Warriors didn’t have to go very far to get here. In fact, they’re playing in their own stadium. Hey, it worked for New Mexico not long ago, and it’s not the first time they’ve done it. It was a bit longer of a trip for Middle Tennessee, and by that I mean thousands of miles. At least they got a free trip to Hawaii out of it. They could still win, and they are the better team.

2016 Hawaii Bowl: Team Backgrounds

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders
Conference USA
8-4 (5-3 C-USA)
8th bowl appearance in school history (2-5)
Best win: vs. Louisiana Tech, 38-34 on September 24
Worst loss: at Marshall, 42-17 on November 12
One stat: One of just 16 teams to average over 40 points per game

Hawaii Rainbow Warriors
Mountain West Conference
6-7 (4-4 MWC)
11th bowl appearance in school history (5-5)
Best win: at Air Force, 34-27 (2OT) on October 22
Worst loss: at San Diego State, 55-0 on November 5
One stat: Seventh all-time appearance in the Hawaii Bowl

2016 Hawaii Bowl: The Edge

Hawaii’s just happy to be here, even though they’re already at home. Middle Tennessee, on the other hand, has been a pretty good team all year long. They have a potent offense, but not a great defense. If anything will help Hawaii out, it’s that. Except for the part where Hawaii’s defense is worse.

The best unit on the field will be the Blue Raiders offense, and they should get it done.

2016 Hawaii Bowl: Pick

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