Dirk Koetter will be coaching his last game as a Sun Devil when Arizona State takes on Hawaii in the 2006 Hawaii Bowl. He should have his hands full as Hawaii needs one win to notch it’s winningest season in school history. Last year Arizona State was an offensive powerhouse, but this season the team just couldn’t get it going on that side of the ball. Hawaii on the other hand is having no problems whatsoever in that category as they are the nation’s leading offense at 47.3 ppg and 550 ypg. Colt Brennan has become a stud at the quarterback position and was voted the WAC Offensive Player of the Year.
All eyes will be on Brennan in this one as he needs just 1 TD pass to match the NCAA record of 54 set by David Klingler of Houston in 1990 and 198 passing yards to beat Ty Detmer’s WAC single-season record of 5,188. Hawaii is 3-2 in Aloha Stadium for Bowl games and won in both 2003 and 2004 by putting up over 50 points, even though they allowed over 40 in both.
Arizona State started out ranked 24th in the preseason AP poll, but faltered against the best of the Pac 10. The Devils have played twice in the Hawaii Bowl, but never against the Warriors. They lost both appearances.
How can you take the OVER when a team is as spotty offensively as Arizona State, when they are playing Hawaii I guess. This number is low for the nation’s best passing offense, and they seem to save their best for the bowl games. Arizona State can score at times and against this Hawaii defense they shouldn’t have a lot of problems. I’m taking the OVER.
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2006 Hawaii Bowl Best odds:
Arizona State +7 -110 at BetJM
Hawaii -7 +102 at Pinnacle
OVER 72.5 -105 at Pinnacle
UNDER 73 -110 at BetJM