The Mountain West title game is upon us and our matchup is set! We have Boise State taking on Hawaii on the blue. The Broncos have defeated the Warriors once this season already, a 59-37 victory. This will mark sixth trip to the mainland for the Warriors this season.
The Broncos locked up their spot in the title game with a skull dragging of Utah State and finishing the conference season with an undefeated record. The Warriors locked up their spot as they beat San Diego State in the de facto West division title game in Honolulu. The Warriors inched out a 14-11 victory over the Aztecs to lock up their spot to take on the Broncos.
Boise State will be hosting the game for the third straight year. Last season the Broncos lost to Fresno State in overtime. Fresno State went onto defeat Arizona State in the Las Vegas Bowl two weeks later. The Broncos defeated Fresno State in 2017 and went on to defeat Oregon in the Las Vegas Bowl that season.
For Hawaii they’re looking for their first Mountain West championship, and their first conference title in football since 2010 when they were a member of the WAC.
Boise State started their on a crazy note. The Broncos made the trip to Tallahassee to take on Florida State. The game was originally scheduled to be played in Jacksonville, but due to Hurricane Dorian the game was moved back to the Seminoles home site. The Broncos were down 31-13 at one point in the second quarter then the comeback was on. The Broncos went on to score 23 straight points and stunned the Seminoles at home. Boise State went onto win their next six games and then hit a speed bump. That speed bump came in the form of BYU on the road in Provo. The Cougars were piling on Boise State for three quarters until the Broncos woke up. However, they didn’t wake up quick enough and dropped a 28-25 game.
The Broncos went on to win their next four including tight contests with San Jose State and overtime against Wyoming. The Broncos found their footing heading into the title game with steamroll wins against New Mexico and Utah State. The Broncos finished their regular season with a win over Colorado State.
Hawaii started their season with two wins over Pac12 teams at home, a win over Arizona and a win over Oregon State. Their third consecutive Pac12 game, however, did not go as smoothly as Washington absolutely dominated the Warriors in Seattle. They turned it around with wins over FCS Central Arkansas and a blowout of Nevada. The Warriors were then crushed by Boise State and Air Force in consecutive weeks. A win over New Mexico looked like it might turn them around, then lost to Fresno State the following week. The Warriors won three in a row after that against San Jose State, UNLV, and a nailbiter against San Diego State. They finished the regular season with a win over Army.
According to CFBStats Boise State leads the league in scoring offense at 37.3 points per game. Hawaii is second in the league at 35.4 points per game. In terms of scoring defense Boise State is fourth at 21.5 per game, while Hawaii is eighth at 31.8 per game. Hawaii leads the league in total offense at 480.8 per game, while Boise State is second at 448.0 per game. Boise State is third in total defense at 348.9 per game, while Hawaii is eighth in the conference at 430.8 per game.
As for the odds for the title game, they have not yet been released at the time of this writing. Some sportsbooks may not publish them at all for the Mountain West title game. If odds do appear, dig into this list of online sports betting sites from SportsBettingDime first. They have compiled a list of sites with solid reputation and most of the books mentioned are pretty good at putting odds out early. That way, there’s time to compare them one another to find the best value.
Boise State leads the all-time series against Hawaii at 13-3. Hawaii has not defeated the Broncos since 2007, the year that the Warriors made it to the Sugar Bowl. The game will air on Saturday, December 7th at 4pm on ESPN2 and WatchESPN.