Hawaii Bowl Preview History
2014 Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl Preview
The Rice Owls will face the Fresno State Bulldogs in the 2014 Hawaii Bowl. The Hawaii Bowl will be played on December 24th, 2014 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Rice Owls finished the season as strong as anyone in Conference USA, winning 7 of their final 9 games to finish the season 7-5. Owls quarterback Driphus Jackson has had one of the best seasons in Rice Owls history, throwing for more than 2,500 yards. The Bulldogs finished the season in 2nd place in the MWC West Division and have won 4 of their final 5 games
2013 Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl Preview
With Hawaii ineligible Boise State received the Mountain West Hawaii Bowl bid to face Oregon State at Aloha Stadium. While it will be the first Hawaii Bowl appearance for the Beavers, Boise State is looking to reestablish themselves in the bowl game after suffering a devastating loss to East Carolina by a last second field goal in the sixth edition of the Hawaii Bowl in 2007. Oregon State does have a history in the 1940’s Pineapple Bowl, but since the inception of the Bowl Championship Series the Beavers have yet to travel to the most tropical bowl game of the year.
It was somewhat of a disappointing end to what looked like a promising season for the Beavers, who after losing to Eastern Washington in a 49-46 shootout went on to win six straight including wins over conference foes Cal and Washington State. Despite the lackluster end to the season the connection between Sean Mannion and Brandin Cooks continued to be one of the best QB – WR tandems in the NCAA. With a combined total of nearly 6,000 yards and 51 touchdowns between the two there is no hiding the fact that Oregon State is an air raid type of team. Behind only Fresno State and Texas Tech in average yards per game, the Beavers are getting 382 yards a game. While the Broncos are not the worst at stopping the pass, there getting close offering up almost 250 a game.
Boise State is far more balanced than Oregon State, coming in at 31st and 32nd for passing and rushing yards per game respectively. Boise State’s problem is knowing which quarterback will be tossing the ball. With a time-share between Joe Southwick and Grant Hedrick at the helm, the Broncos somehow managed to complete a winning season. Though it would appear Hedrick is their wildcat option with 257 rushing yards on the season, both quarterbacks are at 1500 passing yards as well. The good news for Bronco fans is that the Beavers are one of the worst at stopping the run. Boise States 200 yard average in the run game stacks up nicely to a defense allowing that same amount on the ground. While Boise State has yet to face a relatively stout team in the Mountain West, Oregon State has faced some of the best in the Pac 12 and will be counting on that to get them through four quarters in Hawaii.
Look for a shootout in the 2013 Hawaii Bowl as Oregon State and Boise State head to Aloha Stadium on December 24. The defense on both sides of the ball will be key for a victory, turnovers, time of possession, and capitalization on opposing mistakes could make or break these teams.
2012 Sheraton Hawaii Bowl Game Preview:
A trip to paradise is a win itself for the SMU Mustangs and Fresno State, but after the beach and the surfing, they’ll both have to play a little football too. SMU won four of its last six games to qualify for a bowl, and they’re hoping QB Garrett Gilbert can hook up with both Jeremy and Darius Johnson in Hawaii for some touchdowns through the air against the Bulldogs defense that gave up on 22 points per game. Fresno State QB Derek Carr is going to be looking for his own weapon at wide receiver, Davante Adams, who has almost 1200 yards receiving on 89 catches going into the bowl game.
Take the family or get into a getaway of your own as you follow your favorite team to Hawaii to see the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl at Aloha Stadium.
2011 Hawaii Bowl Game Preview:
The gift the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles get for capturing their first Conference USA Title and 11-game winning season is a trip to Hawaii to take on fellow mid-major darling, the 7-5 Nevada Wolfpack. The Golden Eagles are going to their 10th straight bowl game and is looking to add more fire to quarterback Austin Davis’ spectacular season, one in which he’s broken the school record books for touchdowns and passing yards. Their defense isn’t bad either, thanks to an NCAA record eight interceptions returned for touchdowns. The Wolfpack are trying to end their season on a bright note, after last year’s blistering season brought so much promise to this year. It will take all the power behind their nationally eighth-ranked rushing offense to try to take down to Golden Eagles. This will surely be a water-cooler bowl, so get your tickets soon!
2010 Hawaii Bowl Game Preview:
The 2010 Hawaii Bowl is the 9th edition of the bowl game and matches up the Hawaii Warriors against the Tulsa Golden Hurricanes. Tulsa storms into Hawaii with a 9-3 record from Conference USA and led by Head Coach Todd Graham. The local Hawaii Warriors are guided by Head Coach Greg McMackin and sport an impressive 10-3 from the WAC Conference. The 2010 Hawaii Bowl is being played on Christmas Eve at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii.
2009 Hawaii Bowl Game Preview:
The 2009 Sheraton Hawaii Bowl will be played on Christmas Eve at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. The 2009 Hawaii Bowl matches up the SMU Mustangs against the Nevada Wolfpack.
2008 Hawaii Bowl Game Preview:
Never been to Hawaii? The time to visit this luscious chain of tropical islands is this holiday season, in time to catch the 2008 Hawaii Bowl game at Aloha Stadium in Aiea, Hawaii. The bowl game will be held on December 24, Christmas Eve. The Hawaii Bowl will host the Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. the Hawaii Warriors this year, so this is sure to be a memorable game in one of the biggest vacation spots outside the Continental United States. Grab some tickets to this tropical destination for the 2008 Hawaii Bowl!