The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders and the San Diego State Aztecs face off in the 2022 Hawaiian Bowl. Both programs won a bowl game in 2021, so which between the Blue Raiders and the Aztecs will make it two in a row? Check out our preview of this Middle Tennessee vs San Diego State showdown in the 2022 EasyPost Hawai’i Bowl
Betting Preview for the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders vs San Diego State Aztecs 2022 NCAA EasyPost Hawai’i Bowl Game on December 25, 2022
Where: Clarence T.C. Ching Athletics Complex, Honolulu, HI
When: December 25, December 25, 2022, 8:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: ESPN
Betting on the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (+7.0)
Record: 7-5 Overall/4-4 Conference
Middle Tennessee is going bowling after collecting seven wins this season. The Blue Raiders are on a three-game win streak, with their latest victory a 33-28 triumph over the FIU Panthers. Middle Tennessee’s schedule isn’t particularly strong, but it won the only game it played against a ranked opponent in 2022, beating the then-No. 25 Miami Hurricanes at home last September to the tune of a 45-31 score. Middle Tennessee will be led by quarterback Chase Cunningham, who passed for 2,920 yards and 19 touchdowns with nine interceptions this season. The Blue Raiders can be stout on defense and in fact posted a 67.39 percent defensive red zone scoring rate, which is good for fourth overall in 2022.
Middle Tennessee is 5-1 against the spread in its last six games versus teams outside of Conference USA.
Betting on the San Diego State Aztecs (-7.0)
Record: 7-5 Overall/5-3 Conference
San Diego State was cruising on a three-game win streak before it ran into the Air Force Falcons late last November. The Aztecs lost to Air Force, 13-3, at home to finish their regular season on a bad note. Nevertheless, San Diego State should be competitive against the Blue Raiders. The Aztecs don’t score a lot, as they averaged only 19.8 points per game, but they still have the tools to expose Middle Tennessee’s defense. Among those weapons is wide receiver Tyrell Shavers, who paced his team this season with 581 receiving yards and three touchdown grabs on 34 receptions. The Aztecs’ stop unit is top 25 in the nation, with just 21.4 points allowed per game.
San Diego State is 4-1 against the spread in their last five games in December.
San Diego State wins, 23-17.
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