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Fresno State vs Southern Methodist Hawaii Bowl Wagering Tips

Though it lacks a big name Top 25 team, the 2012 edition of the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl sets up as a high scoring affair as the Southern Methodist Mustangs and Fresno State Bulldogs clash in beautiful Hawaii.

Kickoff for this Bowl Championship Series contest is slated for 8:00 PM ET on Monday, December 24, 2012, from Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. We like the Bulldogs to roll over the Mustangs in this one.

Fresno State Bulldogs: Battling for sixth consecutive win

Guided by first-year coach Tim DeRuyter, Fresno State made a big splash during their inaugural season in the Mountain West. The Bulldogs finished the season with a 9-3 record and earned a share of the Conference Championship along with Boise State. Firing on all cylinders for most of the year, the Bulldogs outscored their 2012 opponents by a 483-267 combined count. Fresno was on fire down the stretch as they closed out the season with five straight wins and finished 12th in total passing (322.6 YPG) and points for (40.3 PPG). Expect that roll to continue in this contest.

Southern Methodist Mustangs: Fourth straight BCS Bowl game appearance

After a season of mixed results, Southern Methodist is making a school-record fourth straight BCS Bowl game appearance. The Mustangs (6-6) opened the 2012 NCAA college football season with a 1-3 record but became Bowl eligible when they defeated Conference USA West Champion Tulsa 35-27 during the final week of the regular season. The SMU offense was lights out during their six wins as they posted 42.3 PPG but their defense was horrible in their six loses as their opponents averaged 39.3 PPG. The Mustangs defeated Nevada 45-10 in the 2009 Hawaii Bowl.

Sportsbook Review Mustangs vs Bulldogs Wagering Lines and Game Day Prediction

Scanning the betting board at the online sportsbook we find Fresno State listed as huge favorites for this contest. The TopBet bookmakers have posted the Bulldogs as -13 (-110) favorites against the spread and -500 on the money line. Southern Methodist comes in at +400 straight up and the Over/Under is set at 62.5 total points. The Bulldogs 12th ranked passing offense will be a mismatch for the Mustangs 100th ranked pass defense. Give us Fresno State at -13 (-110) over Southern Methodist University with a 5% investment at the TopBet wagering website.

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