The Skinny - A pair of teams on a roll that feature prolific offenses face off when Hawaii and Tulsa meet in the Hawaii Bowl on Dec. 24.
Hawaii (10-3) earned a share of the Western Athletic Conference title with Boise State and Nevada and posted its sixth 10-win season in school history. The Warriors have a chance for their third 11-win season since 2006.
Tulsa (9-3) bounced back from its first losing season since 2004 and earned its fifth bowl bid in six years.
Hawaii's edge - Quarterback Bryant Moniz is one of the country's best offensive threats yet goes under the radar playing in the same conference as Heisman Trophy finalist Kellen Moore of Boise State and Nevada's Colin Kaepernick.
Moniz leads the nation in total offense and is 10th in pass efficiency at 161.94. He is a big reason the Warriors are ninth in the nation in scoring offense at 39.9 points per game.
Tulsa's Edge: Balance. The Golden Hurricane rank among the top 15 nationally in passing and rushing yards per game. If they can mix in the run and sustain drives, they will be able to control tempo and keep the vaunted Warriors' offense off the field and also quiet the home crowd.
The Quarterbacks: Moniz had a huge junior season, throwing for 4,629 yards and 36 touchdowns as the offense looked much like it did in its heyday under gunslingers Timmy Chang and Colt Brennan.
Moniz is tops in the nation in total offense at 361.9 yards per game and he threw three or more touchdown passes in nine of Hawaii's 13 games.
Moniz won't be the only top-notch signal-caller in this one as Tulsa quarterback G.J. Kinne runs the Golden Hurricanes' spread offense deftly.
Kinne, Conference USA's offensive player of the year, threw for 3,307 yards and 28 touchdowns while also rushing for a team-high 557 yards with seven scores. Kinne is fourth in the FBS in total offense at 322.0 yards per game.
NFL Prospects - Tulsa - FB Charles Clay, WR Trae Johnson. Hawaii - WR Greg Salas.
Bowl History - Hawaii is 4-5 in bowl games and has not won since 2006, when it knocked off Arizona State. The Warriors have been handled pretty easily in their last two bowls - by Georgia in the Sugar Bowl after the 2007 season and by Notre Dame in the Hawaii Bowl the following year.
Etc - Tulsa has four players with at least 333 rushing yards. ... Hawaii safety Mana Silva had eight interceptions this season and is the school's all-time leader with 14.
Line Movement - Oddsmakers opened with Hawaii installed as 12.5-point favorite but the line is now down to 10 at just about all shops. There's also been some movement on the total. The over/under number opened as low as 70 but is now sitting between 73.5 and 74.
Betting Trends - Tulsa is 4-0 against the spread (ATS) in its last four road games and 8-1 ATS in its last nine games overall. Meanwhile, Hawaii is 8-0 ATS in its last eight games as a favorite and 7-0 ATS in its last seven home games.
The over is 8-2 in Hawaii's last 10 non-conference games but the under is 10-3-1 in Hawaii's last 14 games as a home fave.
I'm taking the Golden Hurricanes plus the points in this one, and I think the total score won't go over 73.5. My thinking is, offenses usually struggle a little after a layoff and both defenses will be prepared. I do see the Warriors winning this game but not covering.
GL to all that will be betting on this one !!