Hawaii San Jose State Spread Pick College Football Week 7

The Friday night (9:00pm ET) game for week seven of the 2011 college football season features a pair of WAC teams with the Hawaii Warriors (3-2) traveling to San Jose, CA to take on the San Jose St. Spartans (2-4) in a prime-time matchup. The Warriors rolled 44-26 over Louisiana Tech on the road in their last game on October 1, beating the spread as they were 4.5 point underdogs. San Jose St. lost 29-16 to BYU in Provo in their most recent contest last Saturday.

The Warriors have been one of the most prolific passing teams in the nation year in and year out and this season is no different as they rank 8th among FBS teams in passing yards per game with 343.3 and 25th in scoring with 37.2 points per game. Quarterback Bryant Moniz is in his third year under center, and knows how to take care of the ball with a 15:1 TD to INT ratio. Defense has traditionally been an afterthought and is this year as well with Hawaii ranking 69th in points allowed with 27.4 per game, but they are a respectable 27th in total defense with 327 YPG allowed. San Jose St. ranks a dismal 99th among FBS teams in scoring offense with 20.3 PPG and 91st in total yards with 347.5 per game. They are just as low on defense, ranking 92nd in points allowed with 30.8 per game and 92nd in total defense with 414.5 yards per game surrendered.

Hawaii vs. San Jose State Spread, Line and Betting Odds:

Spread:

Hawaii Warriors -5.5
@San Jose St. Spartans +5.5

Game Total:

Over 55.5 (-110)
Under 55.5 (-110)

Betting odds taken from BetOnline.com <– Best football betting site and $900 FREE on 1st deposit!

Hawaii vs. San Jose St. Pick:

The Warriors are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 WAC games, and 12-4 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The over is 6-2 in Hawaii’s last 8 games overall. San Jose St. is 5-18 ATS in their last 23 WAC games, and 3-9 ATS in their last 12 home games. The under is 33-16-1 in the Spartans last 50 conference games. Hawaii has won 9 of their last 10 against San Jose St. in head-to-head play, but their last 5 games at Spartan Stadium have been decided by a touchdown or less. “We’ve always won over there, but they have been just battles,” said Hawaii Head Coach Greg McMackin. The Warriors trounced SJSU 41-7 last season at home. Hawaii has covered its two most recent wins over the Spartans, a 30 point line last season, and -2.5 line in a 17-10 victory in 2009.

Hawaii is the superior team, and as usual they will throw the ball a ton against a SJSU defense that has been unable to slow down anyone so far this season. Hawaii has put up over 100 points combined in their last two games and Moniz has established a deadly chemistry with his wide receivers, and freshman running back Joey Iosefa (99 yards on 16 carries last week) gives them another option against a defense that has allowed 192.3 YPG on the ground this season. The Warrior defense has been tough by the lax standards of the WAC, leading the conference in scoring defense with the aforementioned 27.4 PPG and ranking second in the nation in sacks with 19. The series has been a close one despite the disparity in talent, but Hawaii is well-rested after the bye week and that will ease some of the difficulties of the long trip. The Warriors are also rolling on offense and SJSU will have no answer for their passing game. Their defense will do enough to cover the modest 6 point line against a SJSU team that has not exceeded 20 points in any of their 4 losses this season. The under has come in for 3 of the Spartans 4 losses this season, so the game has the potential to be very one-sided in terms of scoring, combine that with SJSU’s putrid record ATS and Hawaii has to be the pick.

PICK = Hawaii -5.5