2023 Hawaii Bowl Betting Odds, Predictions, Preview

The Hawaii Bowl wrapped up on Saturday, December 23, 2023 and bettors saw Coastal Carolina knock off San Jose State, 24-14 as 7.5-point underdogs.

Recap all the 2023 Hawaii Bowl Betting Odds, Picks, Predictions and History below and be sure to check back for the 2024 installment.

Hawaii Bowl Betting Odds


  • Opening point spread: San Jose State -7.5
  • Opening moneyline: San Jose State -320/Coastal Carolina +250
  • Opening total: Over/Under 54.5 points scored
  • Time: 10:30 p.m. ET Saturday, Dec. 23 (ESPN)

UPDATE 8:30 P.M. ET FRIDAY, DEC. 22: Thanks to the transfer portal, Coastal Carolina (7-5 SU/8-4 ATS) will start third-string QB Ethan Vasko in the Hawaii Bowl. San Jose State (7-5 SU/9-3 ATS) stretched out to -11 by Sunday, after opening -7.5 Dec. 3 at DraftKings.

There's been some regression since, with the Spartans now -9.5 (-115). San Jose State is netting 58% of spread bets/62% of spread money.

DK's total saw a lot of movement, too, but down instead of up. After opening at 54.5, it steadily made its way to 49 by Thursday. The Over is getting 78% of bets, but money is almost dead even.

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Hawaii Bowl Pick, Prediction

Action Network college football betting expert Collin Wilson offers this prediction:

San Jose State rattled off six consecutive wins, including a victory in the season finale over UNLV, to conclude the regular season.

But because of the computer polls used for tiebreakers in the Mountain West, the Spartans did not compete for the conference crown. Instead, they'll take a trip to Hawaii to cap off the season.

This is San Jose State and head coach Brent Brennan's first trip to the island for a bowl but certainly not their first trip for a game. San Jose State has played in Hawaii in three of the past four seasons, winning every instance, including a 35-0 victory over the Rainbow Warriors on Oct. 28.

Coastal Carolina ended the season with two losses and heads to Honolulu on a 12-hour direct flight without quarterback Grayson McCall.

Both teams generate plenty of rush explosives, but the Chanticleers' inability to defend inside zone will be the difference against the Spartans' duo of quarterback Chevan Cordeiro and running back Kairee Robinson.

Pick: San Jose State -10

For more college football picks, check out Action Network's College Football Bowl Confidence Pool Rankings: Collin Wilson’s Picks for All 2023 Bowl Games.

Hawaii Bowl Betting Resources

  • Date: Saturday, December 23, 2023
  • TV-Time: ESPN, 10:30 p.m. ET
  • Venue: Clarence T. C. Ching Athletics Complex
  • Location: Honolulu, Hawaii

Hawaii Bowl History

The Hawai'i Bowl bowl began in 2002 and is played at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawai'i. The University of Hawai'i is granted an automatic bid to this bowl as long as they are bowl eligible; if not, another Mountain West Conference school will take Hawai'i's place. 

The opponent comes from either the Mountain West Conference (MWC), American Athletic Conference (AAC), or Conference USA. This bowl was formerly named the ConAgra Foods Hawai'i Bowl and the Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl prior to dropping the sponsorship in 2014. 

Underdogs own a 5-1 ATS record the last six years at the Hawaii Bowl.

Hawai'i has made the most appearances in this bowl with nine, posting a 5-4 record.

In 2018, Hawai'i got knocked around in their own building against the tremendous defensive of the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs from Conference USA. The Bulldogs racked up nine sacks, a bowl record, en route to a 17-point victory to comfortable cover a one-point number. The 'under' (61) was never threatened, ending a two-game over streak in this game. 

Hawai'i won a back-and-forth affair with BYU in the 2019 installment with a 38-34 triumph. Although the Rainbow Warriors scored only one touchdown in the second half, they managed to hit the third 'over' in the last four Hawai'i Bowls.

The 2020 installment of this game was wiped out due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. The game was expected to resume Dec. 24, 2021, pitting Memphis of the AAC against Hawai'i.

However, the Warriors pulled out of the game less than 24 hours prior to kickoff citing COVID issues within the program, while several players had left the program via the transfer portal, leaving the school unable to field a team.

Underdogs have thrived the last two years by winning outright. Middle Tennessee edged San Diego State in 2022, followed up by Coastal Carolina defeating San Jose State in 2023.

Hawaii Bowl Betting History

YearMatchupSpread, TotalsATS Result
2023Coastal Carolina 24 San Jose State 14San Jose State -7.5, 48.5Underdog, Under
2022Middle Tennessee 25 San Diego State 23San Diego State -7, 47Underdog, Over
2021Memphis vs. Hawai'i, Cancelled
2019Hawai'i 38 BYU 34BYU -2.5, 65Underdog, Over
2018Louisiana Tech 31 Hawai'i 14Louisiana Tech -1, 61.5Favorite, Under
2017Fresno State 33 Houston 27Houston -3, 52Underdog, Over
2016Hawai'i 52 Middle Tennessee 35Middle Tennessee -7.5, 70Underdog, Over
2015San Diego State 42 Cincinnati 7San Diego State -2.5, 56.5Favorite, Under
2014Rice 30 Fresno State 6Pick-em, 58Under
2013Oregon State 38 Boise State 28Oregon State -4, 66.5Favorite, Under
2012SMU 43 Fresno State 10Fresno State -13, 63Underdog, Under
2011Southern Miss 24 Nevada 17Southern Miss -9, 65Underdog, Under
2010Tulsa 62 Hawai'i 35Hawai'i -10.5, 75Underdog, Over
2009SMU 45 Nevada 10Nevada -11, 69.5Underdog, Under
2008Notre Dame 49 Hawai'i 21Hawai'i -2.5, 49Underdog, Over
2007East Carolina 41 Boise State 38Boise State -11.5, 66.5Underdog, Over
2006Hawai'i 41 Arizona State 24Hawai'i -8.5, 72.5Favorite, Under
2005Nevada 49 UCF 48 (OT)Nevada -4, 64Underdog, Over
2004Hawai'i 59 UAB 40Hawai'i -3.5, 77Favorite, Over
2003Hawai'i 54 Houston 48 (3OT)Hawai'i -11, 75.5Underdog, Over
2002Tulane 36 Hawai'i 28Hawai'i -12.5, 64.5Underdog, Under

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