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How and what to watch for New Mexico vs. Hawaii

Both teams are coming off ugly losses in this MWC tilt.

NCAA Football: Hawaii at Wyoming Troy Babbitt-USA TODAY Sports

On Saturday night the 0-1 New Mexico Lobos travel way out west to take on the 1-1 Hawaii Rainbow Warriors at 11 p.m.

Last week in their opener, New Mexico got destroyed by the San Jose State Spartans. They struggled defensively, allowing nearly 600 total yards, 481 of them were through the air. Luckily for the Lobos, Hawaii’s passing offense is its weakness, throwing for just 339 yards through two games. New Mexico will need to lean on quarterback Tevaka Tuioti, who had close to 300 yards and two scores in his 2020 debut.

Hawaii’s defense will present a challenge for the Lobos. While New Mexico puts up big numbers through the air, that could be tough against a Rainbow Warriors defense that only gives up 200 yards per game in the air. Hawaii gives up 200 yards on the ground as well, which is a much bigger deal than 200 yards in the air. New Mexico may look to run more since they’re facing a susceptible defense, but they haven’t found anybody to have success on the ground yet. Still we only have one game of information on them, and it’s hard to say anything definitively.

Hawaii’s offense averages 223 yards per game on the ground. Look for Michael Reed to have a good game, though the Lobos defense held SJSU to under 100 total yards on the ground last week.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch New Mexico vs. Hawaii on Saturday, November 7 at 11 p.m. ET on Spectrum.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: New Mexico vs Hawaii (-15.5)
Point Total: 62.5
Money line: New Mexico (+440), Hawaii (-625)

  • New Mexico is 1-5 ATS in its last six games
  • The total has gone under in seven of New Mexico’s last 10
  • Hawaii is 5-2 ATS in its last seven
  • The total has gone under in five of Hawaii’s last seven

Betting splits

New Mexico: (66% of handle, 52% percent of bets)
Hawaii: (34% of handle, 48% percent of bets)

The Best Bet

The best bet here is the point total. This game is strength on strength for both sides. No matchup is a clear blowout across the board, so points may be tough to come by.

Pick: Under 62.5

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