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How and what to watch for UNLV vs. Hawai’i

The Island Showdown Trophy is at stake on the Big Island on Saturday night.

Miles Reed of the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors celebrates with Calvin Turner after scoring a touchdown during the third quarter against the Nevada Wolf Pack at Aloha Stadium on November 28, 2020 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Photo by Darryl Oumi/Getty Images

The UNLV Rebels are still looking for their first victory as they head on the road to play the Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors late on Saturday night.

UNLV heads into its final regular season game with an 0-5 record and had last weekend’s matchup with Boise State canceled. In its last time out, the Rebels lost 45-14 at home to Wyoming on Nov. 27. UNLV legitimately might be one of the worst teams in all of college football this season. Offensively, the Rebels rank 125th of 127 FBS teams in yards per play, and they are No. 124 in that category defensively.

The Rainbow Warriors have been more competitive in the Mountain West with a 3-4 record. Hawai’i held is own through about 3.5 quarters against undefeated San Jose State last weekend in a 35-24 loss. Hawai’i is better in just about every statistical category on both sides of the ball, but the Rainbow Warriors rank in the high 90s in yards per play on offense and defense, so there isn’t much to brag about.

Hawai’i won the last two games of this series, most recently a 21-7 road win in 2019.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch UNLV vs. Hawai’i on Saturday, Dec. 12 at 11:00 p.m. ET on the TeamSports1 app only if you’re not on the Hawaiian Islands, and therefore it can only be streamed to a mobile device and tablet. If you’re in Hawai’i, the game is available via pay-per-view through Spectrum Sports. Yes, Robert Kekaula will be on play-by-play.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: UNLV vs. Hawai’i (-19)
Point Total: 58
Money line: UNLV (+600) vs. Hawai’i (-1000)

Betting splits against spread

UNLV: (42% of action, 24% of bets)
Hawai’i: (58% of action, 76% of bets)

  • UNLV is 0-5 straight up and 1-4 against the spread in its last five games.
  • Hawai’i is 2-4 straight up and against the spread in its last six.
  • UNLV is 4-1-1 against the spread in its last six games against Hawai’i, and the point total went over in eight of the last 11 meetings between the two teams.

The Best Bet

There is zero reason to bet on UNLV with any sort of confidence at this point but at the same time, is Hawai’i good enough to win a game by 20 or more points? It hasn’t happened all season so far, so let’s look toward the point total. The Rainbow Warriors allowed 31 or more points in five of their last six games, and UNLV gave up at least 34 in every game this year. Neither defense can stop a whole lot of anything, so let’s take the over and hope the offenses can find some life. We’re going to need UNLV to put up at least two touchdowns to make this happen, and I have faith the Rebels can get us paid.

Pick: Over 58

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