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Hawaii Bowl

Prolific running back Donnel Pumphrey and the San Diego State Aztecs will be looking for their 10th consecutive win when they face the Cincinnati Bearcats in the Hawaii Bowl in Honolulu on Christmas Eve.

Kickoff: Thursday, December 24 @ 8:00pm ET
Location: Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii
Additional Read: San Diego State vs Cincinnati Betting

2015 Hawaii Bowl Odds
TeamOpening Line
San Diego State+2.5

Odds at BetOnline

Team Records
San Diego StateMWC10-38-56-7

Hawaii Bowl Matchup

The matchup at Aloha Stadium is a study in contrasts. The Aztecs, the Mountain West conference champions, play the ground-and-pound game, ranking 15th in rushing and ninth in total defense in the Football Bowl Subdivision. The Bearcats, who were third in the AAC East, average 373.1 passing yards even though aptly named QB Gunner Kiel missed time with injury.

San Diego State captured the Mountain West Conference championship and has the school's first 10-win campaign in 38 seasons. Ultimately, its poor out-of-conference record kept it from getting a bowl matchup against a Power 5 team. Coach Rocky Long's Aztecs have an average winning margin of 22.4 points during the nine-win streak. They are 5-3 as a favorite and 2-2 as an underdog.

Pumphrey has gained 1,951 rushing-receiving yards with 19 total touchdowns, while shifty senior backup Chase Price has another 940 rushing yards. Senior QB Maxwell Smith has a 13-to-2 touchdown/interception ratio. San Diego State averages just 20 passes per game, and sophomore WR Mikah Holder averages 18.5 yards per reception.

San Diego State's 3-3-5 defense is fifth against the run and 13th against the pass, and junior CB Damontae Kazee has seven interceptions. Nosetackle Alex Barrett, LB Calvin Munson, LB Jake Fely and CB J.J. Whitaker also earned Mountain West all-star recognition.

Cincinnati finished third in the AAC East division in spite of being fourth in FBS in passing yardage, while having three rushers each gain about 700 yards. Kiel's top six receivers are all seniors, including Shaq Washington (88 receptions for 971, six touchdowns) and Chris Moore (39 for 823, seven touchdowns). The Bearcats are 3-5 as a favorite on the betting odds and 3-1 as an underdog.

Kiel is an aggressive quarterback and that has been occasionally costly, as he has thrown 11 interceptions. Coach Tommy Tuberville's Bearcats can run the ball from their spread scheme, with Hosey Williams (727, 5.6 YPC), Mike Boone (717, 7.5 avg.) and Tion Green (697, 4.9) rotating. The Bearcats' downfall at times has been a defense that allows an average of 190.1 rushing yards and has only 12 sacks and 14 takeaways.

The Bearcats need to win to avoid their worst finish since a 4-8 season in 2010, which was coincidentally the last season it played a game west of the Mississippi River.

Hawaii Bowl Betting Trends
  • The total has gone under in the last four Hawaii Bowls.
  • The underdog has covered six of the last eight Hawaii Bowls.
  • Cincinnati is 49-17 SU in its last 66 games after winning the previous game in a matchup.
  • The total has gone under in six of Cincinnati's last eight games.
  • Cincinnati is 1-3 SU and 0-3-1 ATS in its last four games in December.
  • San Diego State is 9-0 SU and 8-1 ATS in its last nine games.
  • The total has gone under in 19 of San Diego State's last 26 games.
  • San Diego State is 1-4 ATS in its last five games after an ATS loss.

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Hawaii Bowl History
YearBowlTeamScoreTeamScoreSpreadATS WinnerSU Winner
1995Aloha BowlUCLA30Kansas51+5KANSASKANSAS
1996Aloha BowlNavy42California38-1NAVYNAVY
1997Aloha BowlWashington51Michigan State23+5WASHWASH
1998Aloha BowlColorado51Oregon43-4.5COLOCOLO
1999Aloha BowlWake Forest23Arizona State3-3.5WAKEWAKE
2000Aloha BowlBoston College31Arizona State17-3.5BOST.CBOST.C
2002Hawaii BowlTulane36Hawaii28-14.5TULANETULANE
2003Hawaii BowlHouston48Hawaii54-11HOUSTOHAWAII
2004Hawaii BowlUAB40Hawaii59-3HAWAIIHAWAII
2005Hawaii BowlNevada49Central Florida48+4UCFNEVADA
2006Hawaii BowlArizona State24Hawaii41-8.5HAWAIIHAWAII
2007Hawaii BowlEast Carolina41Boise State38-11.5E.CARE.CAR
2008Hawaii BowlNotre Dame49Hawaii21-2.5NOTRDNOTRD
2009Hawaii BowlSouthern Methodist45Nevada10-11SMUSMU
2010Hawaii BowlTulsa62Hawaii35-10.5TULSATULSA
2011Hawaii BowlNevada17Southern Miss24-9NEVADAS.MISS
2012Hawaii BowlSMU42Fresno State10-13SMUSMU
2013Hawaii BowlOregon State38Boise State23+4OSUOSU
2014Hawaii BowlFresno State6Rice30EvRiceRice
2015Hawaii BowlFresno State-Cincinnati--2.5--
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