Free College Football Picks Today: Hawaii Bowl 2022

Free College Football Picks Today: Hawaii Bowl 2022
Sat 24th December 2022

The Middle Tennessee State University Blue Raiders (7-5, 4-3 Away) travel to face the San Diego State University Aztecs (7-5, 5-2 Home) at Clarence T.C. Ching Complex on Saturday. The Aztecs are seven-point favorites, and the total is 48.5.

Middle Tennessee is coming off a 33-28 win over FIU at Riccardo Silva Stadium on November 26, their third straight victory. Chase Cunningham threw for 279 yards. Darius Bracy ran 20 times for 91 yards and a touchdown.

Izaiah Gathings caught seven passes for 77 yards. San Diego State lost 13-3 to Air Force at Snapdragon Stadium on November 26. Jalen Mayden was 16 of 31 for 188 yards and two interceptions. Jordan Byrd carried six times for 13 yards. Brionne Penny had three receptions for 63 yards.

TALE OF THE TAPE

The Blue Raiders are averaging 29.2 points per game for the season, 60th in FBS, and they are facing an Aztecs defense that has surrendered 20.2 PPG (20th). Meanwhile, San Diego State has scored 21.3 points a game this season, 109th in the nation, and Middle Tennessee is allowing 28.1 PPG (82nd).

The Blue Raiders rank 32nd in the country in passing yards per game (267.2) and 102nd in rushing (123.3), while the Aztecs are 40th in passing yards allowed per game (206.6) and 36th against the run (128.8).

San Diego State has been one of the nation’s least productive passing teams, averaging 170.9 passing yards per game (119th), while ranking 68th in rushing yards (150.8).

Middle Tennessee’s defense has been most vulnerable through the air, as the Blue Raiders are 129th in the nation in passing yards allowed per game (291.3). Against the run, the Blue Raiders are 26th (121.9).

TOP PERFORMERS

Through 11 games, Chase Cunningham has thrown for 19 touchdowns (9 INT) and 265.5 yards per game to lead Middle Tennessee in passing. In seven games away from home this season, he has 10 TDs (6 INT) and an average of 237.1 yards passing.

Frank Peasant leads the team in rushing with an average of 62.3 yards a game over 12 games. He has nine touchdowns on the ground and one through the air.

Jaylin Lane is the Blue Raiders’ leading receiver with 82.9 yards a game and four TDs. Jalen Mayden has 10 passing touchdowns (7 INT) with 191.2 yards per game through nine games to lead San Diego State.

Jordan Byrd has been the team’s leading performer on the ground, averaging 32.4 yards a game through 12 games. He has four total touchdowns, three rushing and one receiving. Tyrell Shavers has been a key target in the Aztecs’ passing game. He has three touchdowns and a 48.4 yard per game average through 12 appearances.

SportsTips’ College Football Pick:

SDSU (-250)

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