Free College Football Picks Today: San Diego State Aztecs vs Hawaii Warriors 10/8/22

Free College Football Picks Today: San Diego State Aztecs vs Hawaii Warriors 10/8/22
Sat 8th October 2022

The University of Hawaii Rainbow Warriors (1-4, 0-2 Away) kick off their Mountain West Conference schedule against the San Diego State University Aztecs (2-3, 0-1 MWC) at Snapdragon Stadium on Saturday in a matchup that pits the MWC’s toughest rush defense against one of its strongest ground offenses. The Aztecs are 21.5-point favorites, and the total is 48. Hawaii is coming off a 45-26 loss to New Mexico State at Aggie Memorial Stadium on September 24. Brayden Schager threw for 261 yards and a touchdown. Dedrick Parson ran 16 times for 69 yards and two touchdowns. Caleb Phillips caught eight passes for 138 yards. San Diego State lost 35-13 to Boise State at Albertsons Stadium last Friday. Braxton Burmeister was 2 of 8 for 33 yards and an interception. Jordan Byrd carried 13 times for 61 yards. Jesse Matthews had one reception for 26 yards.


The Aztecs won the only game between the teams last season, a 17-10 victory in November. Greg Bell had a rushing touchdown for San Diego State.


The Rainbow Warriors are averaging 17.4 points per game for the season, 121st in FBS, and they are facing an Aztecs defense that has surrendered 25.8 PPG (70th). Meanwhile, San Diego State has scored 19.0 points a game this season, 116th in the country, and Hawaii is allowing 45.4 PPG (130th). The Rainbow Warriors rank 109th in the nation in passing yards per game (196.6) and 108th in rushing (116.6), while the Aztecs are 74th in passing yards allowed per game (233.8) and 98th against the run (170.8). San Diego State has been the country’s least successful passing team, averaging 65.6 passing yards per game, while ranking 34th in rushing yards (192.2). The Rainbow Warriors are allowing 219.8 passing yards (60th) and 260.8 rushing yards per game (130th).


Through four games, Brayden Schager has thrown for one touchdown (4 INT) and 164.8 yards per game to lead Hawaii in passing. Dedrick Parson leads the team in rushing with an average of 53.2 yards a game over five games. He has six touchdowns on the ground. Jonah Panoke is the Rainbow Warriors’ leading receiver with 43.0 yards a game. Braxton Burmeister has two passing touchdowns (3 INT) with 52.6 yards per game through five games to lead San Diego State. In three home games this season, he has thrown for two TDs (2 INT) and an average of 74.7 yards. Jordan Byrd has been the home team’s leading performer on the ground, averaging 57.0 yards a game through five games. He has three touchdowns. Jesse Matthews has been the primary target in the Aztecs’ passing game, averaging 18.8 yards per game through five appearances.

SportsTips’ College Football Pick:

San Diego State

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