December 24: 7:00 PM CT at Aloha Stadium
This year’s Hawaii Bowl will feature the Rainbow Warriors for the first time in 6 years. This return comes on the tail-end of a 6-7 season, which featured some decent wins and some brutal losses (63-7 against Michigan and 55-0 against San Diego State). Hawaii, led by quarterback Dru Brown and receiver Marcus Kemp, will try to get the job done against stiff competitors Middle Tennessee. MTSU had a much better season finishing at 8-4 with a high-octane offense. With running back Mathers reaching 1500 yards on the ground and wide receiver Richie James reaching almost the same amount through the air, MTSU’s offense was formidable this year, and they will be bolstered by the return of quarterback Brent Stockstill who missed the last three games through injury. Even having missed those last three games, Stockstill through for 27 touchdowns and his connection with James will be a real problem for a Hawaii defense that isn’t exactly the definition of elite. While the Rainbow Warriors have the home-field advantage and MTSU’s defense has allowed 87 points in there last two games, I still expect the Blue Raiders to take this bowl game by a decent margin.
Final Score: MTSU 51-28 Hawaii