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Hawaii Bowl

The Hawaii Bowl is typically played on Christmas Day or Christmas Eve at the Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. This bowl started being played in 2002 and has no affiliation with the Aloha Bowl, which ran from 1982 to 2000. Despite the lack of affiliation, the Aloha Bowl is looked at as a predecessor to the Hawaii Bowl as this bowl picked up where the Aloha Bowl left off in the same stadium just one year after it ended.

The Conference USA has had a tie-in to this bowl since 2009 and the Mountain West Conference has had a tie-in since 2012, the year the Hawaii Warriors left the Western Athletic Conference to join it. Since its inception, the Hawaii Bowl has had a “Hawaii guarantee,” assuring that the Warriors earn an automatic bid into this bowl if they are bowl-eligible. If not, the bid goes to another team in the Mountain West.

Beginning in 2008, eight of the next nine Hawaii Bowls were decided by 15 points or more, with an average margin of victory of 25.6 points per game. Interestingly, underdogs have often been on the right side of those blowouts, with dogs going 6-2 SU and 7-1 ATS from 2009 to 2016.

Hawaii played in six of the first nine Hawaii Bowls, but from 2011 to 2016 qualified only once. Those early bowl games gave Hawaii’s two all-time greatest quarterbacks, Timmy Chang and Colt Brennan, the chance to earn Hawaii Bowl MVP honors. Other former Hawaii Bowl MVPs include Brandon Marshall, Chris Johnson, Jimmy Clausen and Golden Tate.

The Houston Cougars will take on the Fresno State Bulldogs in this year’s Hawaii Bowl. Fresno State posted an excellent 10-2-1 ATS record during the regular season which included a 6-0-1 ATS mark away from its home field. Both teams were very profitable UNDER wagers, combining to go below the total in 19 of their 25 games. For more on the game, check out our Hawaii Bowl betting preview.

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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 BowlSan Diego State42Cincinnati7-2.5San Diego StateSan Diego State
2016Hawaii BowlMiddle Tennessee35Hawaii52+7HawaiiHawaii
2017Hawaii BowlHouston-Fresno State-