2012 ESPN Friday Night College Football Week 5 Odds: Hawaii vs. BYU Print
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Friday, 28 September 2012 11:30
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Hawaii vs. BYU Odds

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PROVO, UT (The Spread) – BYU hosts Hawaii on ESPN Friday Night College Football tonight, with a 8PM ET kickoff from Lavell Edwards Stadium.

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BYU is 2-2 overall and 2-0 at home while Hawaii is 1-2 overall and 0-1 on the road. The Cougars are 2-2 against the spread while the Warriors are 1-1 ATS. BYU has won 8 of its 9 meetings with Hawaii and never lost to the Warriors at home.

Trends show that Hawaii is 7-1 against the spread in its last 8 games on grass, but just 2-7 ATS in its last 9 non-conference games. BYU is 6-0 ATS in its last 6 meetings with Mountain West opponents and 9-2 ATS in its last 11 games overall.

According to oddsmakers from Bovada.lv BYU is a heavy favorite at home, as the Cougars are getting odds of -26.5 points at home against Hawaii. The over/under total has been set at 49 points. (View Matchup) The opening odds had BYU as a 28.5-point favorite. That was the peak of the spread as it has now bottomed out at 26.5 points.

BYU is coming off a 7-6 loss at Boise State last week. The Cougars have now lost two straight by a combined 4 points. BYU has been strong defensively all season, allowing just 12.5 points per game. The Cougars are averaging just 25.5 points per game this year on offense. The team has been led by quarterback Riley Nelson, who has thrown for 754 yards and 5 TDs. Nelson is not expected to play tonight due to a back injury.

Hawaii is having a rough season, as it ranks 119th in the nation in scoring defense, allowing 40 points per game. On the flip side, the Warriors are 100th in the nation in passing (197.3 ypg) and 90th in rushing (139.7 ypg). Those numbers account for an average of 29.3 points per game for Hawaii. The team is led by running back Will Gregory, who has rushed for 202 yards and a touchdown.

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In terms of Injuries, BYU linebacker Zac Stout is questionable with an Achilles injury. Hawaii receiver Darius Bright is out with a leg injury while offensive lineman Ben Dew is doubtful due to a leg injury.

The Public Bets for this game are backing BYU. The Cougars are getting 52% of the wagers with odds of -26.5 points at home against Hawaii on Friday.

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