Air Force, Hawaii Battle In Mountain West Matchup On Friday

By: Michael Robinson | Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Hawaii Warriors at Air Force Falcons
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11/16/2012 at 9:30 p.m. (ET)
Opening Lines: Air Force -22½, O/U 63
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Television: ESPN2

Hawaii Warriors: The Warriors (1-8 straight-up, 1-7 against the spread) are having an awful season in the Mountain West and at the betting window, as their only win remains a 54-2 rout of FCS school Lamar back on September 16th. New coach Norm Chow is considered a bright offensive mind, but team scoring (18.6 points per game) ranks 112th nationally. Chow is expected to give Jeremy Higgins his first start at quarterback this year after Sean Schroeder got the nod the first nine games. The offense will be hurt either way with leading rusher Will Gregory (561 yards) doubtful due to a suspension (click to check updated college football injury report). Hawaii’s defense has also been extremely disappointing this season, surrendering 43.3 ppg (119th nationally), causing the "over" to go 5-3, including 4-1 in the last five games.

Air Force Falcons: The Falcons (5-5 SU, 3-7 ATS) are coming off road losses at Army (41-21) and San Diego State (28-9). That puts their road record at just 1-4 SU and ATS this season. Coach Troy Calhoun has done a much better job getting his guys to play at Falcon Stadium, going 4-1 SU (2-3 ATS). Air Force has the nation’s second-ranked rushing offense (335.3 yards per game) with the option attack, but rarely throws the ball with senior quarterback Connor Dietz. The defense has had a lot of trouble stopping the run this year (221.5 ypg, ranked 109th) and will benefit if Gregory is out. Air Force is 0-3 ATS (2-1 SU) the last three games against Hawaii, but the most recent meeting was back in 2001, as the Warriors just moved to the MWC this season.

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