The 2012 Hawaii Bowl picks are set to go here at Cappers Info, and we are ready to make our free bowl picks for all of the games on the schedule. Check out the Fresno State vs. SMU picks and predictions for what should be a remarkable game.
Hawaii Bowl Picks: Fresno State Bulldogs vs. SMU Mustangs
Date: Monday, December 24th, 8:00 ET
Location: Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI
Hawaii Bowl Betting Odds: Fresno State -12.5
Fresno State vs. SMU Live TV Coverage: ESPN
There is no doubt whatsoever that the Bulldogs are the better team in this game, but the better team doesn’t always prove to be the one that wins when push comes to shove. QB Derek Carr has 36 TDs on the campaign, and he is clearly going to be making a run at the NFL just like his older brother, QB David Carr did out of Fresno State as well. RB Robbie Rouse is one of the best all-around backs in the nation, as he has rushed for 1,468 yards and 12 TDs and caught 58 passes for 406 yards and two trips to the end zone. This is a team that has picked up a lot of great wins this year thanks to both the offense and the defense, and it is one of the rare teams that ranked in the Top 25 in a ton of categories on both sides of the football.
It’s not like SMU is a slacking team, though. The club did post some big time wins this past season, including a victory over the Houston Cougars on national television in which the squad put up 72 points. QB Garrett Gilbert clearly has some talent, as he was recruited and attended the University of Texas before transferring to SMU. He hasn’t had the greatest year in the world, throwing for just 2,720 yards with 14 TDs and 13 picks, but he has the ability to do some remarkable things. RB Zach Line is a veteran in this offense, and he posted another 1,000+ yard campaign with 1,207 yards and 12 TDs.
Here’s what we really like about the Mustangs in this one, though. They always seem to be prepared for bowl games. Last year, they really took advantage of the Pitt Panthers in the BBVA Compass Bowl, blowing them away 28-6 when everything point towards U-Pitt winning that game. Head Coach June Jones is comfortable on the Island, and we expect that his team is at least going to come up with a gamely effort to stick around with a superior Fresno State outfit. It won’t be an upset, but it’ll be an interesting encounter on Christmas Eve night.
Fresno State vs. SMU Pick: Hawaii Warriors +12.5
Hawaii Bowl Score Prediction: Fresno State 31 – SMU 27