2018 Hawaii Bowl: Three Good Reason To Watch The Hawaii Bowl
Get excited for the Hawaii Bowl.
There is plenty to watch for this game.
The Hawaii Bowl had moved off of Christmas Eve (boo!) and instead is on Saturday night but not super late night against Louisiana Tech. For those who are not Hawaii or Louisiana Tech fans we will get you pumped for this game.
Old rivals collide
These two teams were in the WAC together and played 10 times and were rivals even though Hawaii won eight of 10 times. However, there is one game that was one of the best back in 2007 during the Warriors run to the Sugar Bowl.
This game featured 99 points and saw Hawaii win the game 45-44. We can hope that this game is just as exciting. The Warriors offense has the potential to put up that many points, but the Bulldogs defense may have something to say about that result.
Hawaii offense vs. Louisiana Tech defense
The Warriors offense is led by the run-n-shoot and QB Cole McDonald who led the Mountain West in passing touchdowns and most yards as well. He started off extremely hot to start the year but faded near the end and a few times was benched.
The Bulldogs defense will not make it easy as they are 30th in the nation in passing yards per game at 193 per game and also allow just 6.5 yards per play. The Louisiana Tech defense is led by players who like to attack the quarterback.
Louisiana Tech likes to create havoc. Sack the quarterback, intercept passes, that sort of thing. The Dawgs are top 15 in the nation in sacks. Tech’s corners, Amik Robertson and L’Jarius Sneed, are usually pretty solid on the outside. Robertson leads the team in pass breakups (12), while Sneed leads in picks (3).
Senior defensive end Jaylon Ferguson has already broken the Tech single-season sack record that he set himself as a sophomore. He also leads the nation with 15 sacks and is third with 23.5 tackles for loss. He needs just two sacks to break the FBS career record of 44 held by former Arizona State star Terrell Suggs.
So… how will the Warriors stop Ferguson? Hawaii was 11 out of 12 in sacks allowed within the Mountain West, and 115th in FBS by giving up 2.85 per game. This will be possibly the biggest factor if Hawaii will win or lose this one.