The Fresno State Bulldogs hopes to take home a bowl win from the Rice Owls.
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The Fresno State Bulldogs take on the Rice Owls in the annual Hawaii Bowl.
Despite their 6-6 record, Fresno State was the best in the West division of the Mountain West conference but lost to #22 Boise State in the conference championship. The Bulldogs had two three-game losing streaks and two three-game winning streaks to get into bowl eligibility. With such a hot-and-cold mentality, it’s hard to predict which offense and defense will show up this week: the one that scored 27 points or more 8 times or the defense that allowed 50 points or more in three straight weeks. Clearly the key to beating the Bulldogs will be to play efficient offense and keep the Bulldogs off the field.
For Rice, the story has been about their offense, which has scored 28 points or more eight times this year. The defense has been a point of weakness, however, recording only three games where they allowed fewer than 20 points, and just last month gave up a stunning 76 points in a loss to Louisiana Tech. QB Driphus Jackson will need to play more efficient than he has all season and will probably need to keep his completion rate above 60 to come away with this win.
Prediction: Fresno State wins Hawaii Bowl – In an upset Fresno State’s good team will show up in this game and top Rice, while putting up a lot of points against their porous defense. QB Brian Burrell will play just enough mistake-free football to make the plays late in the game to seal the win.