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December 24, 2010

College Football Bowl Picks - Sheraton Hawaii Bowl:

Sheraton Hawaii Bowl

#24 Hawaii (10-2) vs. Tulsa (9-3)


8 PM, ESPN, Fri. Dec. 24, New Orleans, LA

Why Watch: Watch the aerial assault go down on the tiny island of Oahu, Hawaii’s fifth island. The Warriors and Golden Hurricane feature two of the top 10 ranked offenses in the county. Hawaii, which ranked No. 8 in the country averaging 496.85 yards a game, likes to air it out with their No. 1 ranked pass offense. Tulsa features the No. 5 ranked offense, averaging 503.50 yards a game, but with a far more balanced unit.

Who to Watch: Hawaii features two of the best wideouts in the country you’ve probably never heard of. Greg Salas brought in 106 catches for 1,675 yards, while teammate Kealoha Pilares broke through this season with 88 grabs for 1,306 yards. The seniors also combined for 27 touchdowns. On the defensive side of the ball, Tulsa linebacker Shawn Jackson will be counted on to disrupt the heady Hawaii attack. Jackson, only a freshman, brought in 80 tackles with 12.5 for a loss. He also led the team with 5.5 sacks.

How it’s Going Down: Both teams haven’t been bowling since 2008, so both are hungry for a postseason victory. A lot of times when two potent offenses get together and a lot of points are expected, the opposite happens. This won’t be one of those times. Although I like Tulsa a lot, quarterback G.J. Kinne brings plenty to the table; Hawaii is too good this season to drop this one. I have to go with Bryant Moniz and the Warriors. Pick: Hawaii 45 – Tulsa 37

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