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San Jose State vs. Hawaii 12/5/2020 College Football Picks, Prediction, and Preview

The San Jose State visits Hawaii on 12/5/2020 at 6:00PM.

San Jose State and Hawaii face off in an important game for both teams as every game in this shortened season with limited or no fans in attendance means more. San Jose State has a record of 4-0 this season. Hawaii is 3-3 this season. Both have players to meet and know.

San Jose State Team Defense Preview

San Jose State has had 46 total defensive drives this season and they yield 5.72 plays per drive. San Jose State lets opponents run a lot of plays per drive and in the Fourth Quarter, this team could be gassed. Opponents face third and long situations a lot against this defense. This is a defense that forces opponents to commit penalties, have compromised offensive line play, and fail to convert on crunch possessions. San Jose State opponents pass the football 43.73% of the time.Their opponents favor running the ball as opposed airing it out.

San Jose State is not doing anything particularly special as far as their ability to create negative yardage plays on the ground. Opponent rushing yards attributed to their offensive line this season comes out to 2.73 yards per carry. Generally speaking, this is an average defense when it comes to how offensive lines control or fail to control them on the ground. When it comes to getting to that second level, running backs are getting stopped. This defense does not allow themselves to be gashed. The breakout rushing plays are simply not happening, it is a massive reach to expect this team to give up big rushing plays.

This Defense has had average success disrupting the flow of the opposing offense.. Getting more specific, this front seven is a cause of a lot of headaches for offenses. They may be good enough to cause trouble in pass rush with just four rushers!San Jose State is better at stopping the run than the pass this season.

San Jose State Team Offense Preview

San Jose State has had 48 total drives this season and they generate 4.85 plays per drive. Relatively speaking, San Jose State is not a team that runs many plays per drive. The offense is either prone to faltering and struggles to notch first downs or extremely explosive, we will need to find out a bit more to get answers. San Jose State is an average offense when it comes to staying ahead of the chains, getting into 3rd and Short scenarios, and converting on 3rd and 4th Down. San Jose State passes the football 54.08% of the time.San Jose State tends to pass more than other teams.

San Jose State struggles with running the ball, getting zero or negative yard plays is disspiriting and the offensive line is not effectively making a good push. Poor playcalling, pre-snap adjustments or post-snap reads may be responsible and this could fall on the Quarterback, Offensive Coordinator, and Head Coach. Based on the Adjusted Line Yards metric, which measures the amount of credit that should be ascribed to the offensive line for a rushing play, they average 2.42 yards per carry. So what does this mean? It means that the offensive line has been incredibly disappointing in their contribution to the ground game. When it comes to getting to that second level where linebackers have not crashed down on the line of scrimmage, they are getting stopped with ease. The breakout rushing plays are simply not happening, it is a massive reach to expect this team to bust out big rushing plays.

San Jose State has bullied and controlled defenses this season, defenses have not been able to dictate what this offense is able to do to them. Opponents should consider a containment strategy. San Jose State is among the best in the country at keeping defensive front sevens at bay. Opposing defenses need their secondary players to step up and cause trouble in order for this Offense to be disrupted. San Jose State is a better passing team than running team this season.

Hawaii Team Defense Preview

Hawaii has had 69 defensive drives in non-garbage time minutes and they yield 5.67 plays per drive. Hawaii lets opponents run a lot of plays per drive and in the Fourth Quarter, this team could be gassed. Hawaii has a generally average defense. Nothing too special about it, but they are capable of rising up when needed. Hawaii opponents pass the football 39.39% of the time.Their opponents favor running the ball as opposed airing it out.

Hawaii is not doing anything particularly special as far as their ability to create negative yardage plays on the ground. How effective are opposing offensive lines given what we know about their ability to force negative yardage rushing plays? Hawaii can take credit for holding the offensive line of their opponent to 3.02 yards per carry. Generally speaking, this is an average defense when it comes to how offensive lines control or fail to control them on the ground. This is a team that is getting gashed too much for the tastes of their base. Linebackers are not stopping the bleeding well enough. They are capable of giving up a long run, which is really demoralizing when the opposing team has the ball deep in their own territory.

Disruptive plays are a part of the fabric of this team’s defensive effort. Game changing plays that drive Offensive Coordinators and Quarterbacks crazy, they find ways to deliver. Getting more specific, this front seven is a cause of a lot of headaches for offenses. They may be good enough to cause trouble in pass rush with just four rushers!Hawaii has shown themselves to be better at stopping the pass than the run this season.

Hawaii Team Offense Preview

Hawaii has had 69 total drives this season and they generate 5.72 plays per drive. Hawaii runs a lot of plays per drive and this could wear an opposing defense down. Struggles to get ahead of the chains and convert on third and fourth down are common, the offense can stagnate. Hawaii passes the football 53.67% of the time.Hawaii tends to pass more than other teams.

Hawaii is not doing anything particularly special as far as their ability to avoid negative yardage plays on the ground. How effective is the offensive line given what we know about their ability to prevent negative yards on rushing plays? More than you think, thanks to the Adjusted Line Yards metric. Hawaii can take credit for 2.95 yards per carry. Generally speaking, this is an average offensive line as far as their ability to set up the running game. This is also a team that is getting to the second-level in an average fashion. Offensive line and running backs are average in this regard. They feature a relatively average explosiveness in the running game, maybe there will be a breakout rushing play, but it is not something to count on from them.

Defenses have had average success disrupting the flow of the Hawaii Offense. Front sevens of opposing defenses are causing a lot of problems. Hawaii has shown themselves to be a better running team than passing team this season.

The San Jose State Roster

The Players to Watch for San Jose State

Nick Starkel QB 6-3 214

This season, Nick Starkel has put up 980 yards and 9 touchdowns. He has thrown 2 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 171.0thus far this season. Nick Starkel has thrown 2 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Nick Starkel has -6.0 rushing yards, which puts him in the 16.03 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 4.0 times this season, which puts him in the 24.6 percentile. Has he hit paydirt as a runner? He has 0.0 rushing touchdowns this season.

Tyler Nevens RB 6-0 225

This season, Tyler Nevens has 118 rushing yards on 23 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 2 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, Tyler Nevens picked up 7 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 4 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 0 receiving touchdowns this season.

Bailey Gaither WR 6-1 182

This season, Bailey Gaither picked up 432 yards. He caught the ball 27 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 4 receiving touchdowns this season.

Junior Fehoko DE 6-4 233

The leading tackler among Defensive Ends for San Jose State, Junior Fehoko has 18 tackles this season. He was able to keep rushers back and penetrate the offensive line with 6 tackles for loss, which puts him in the 92.0 percentile among Defensive Ends. When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 4 times this season, which put him in the 94.33 percentile among all Defensive Ends in College Football. He has forced 0 fumbles this season.

Tre Webb S 6-0 202.0

He is the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for San Jose State, Tre Webb had 30 tackles which puts him in the 81.83 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 3 tackles for loss this season, which puts him in the 94.61 percentile among Secondary position players. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 0 times this season. Tre Webb as a ball hawker was able to pick off 0 passes this season, which puts him in the 38.31 percentile among returning secondary position players this season.

Nehemiah Shelton CB 6-2 168

Considered the leading tackler among Cornerbacks for San Jose State, Nehemiah Shelton had 19 tackles which puts him in the 74.93 percentile among Corners. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 0 tackles for loss this season, which puts him in the 35.19 percentile among Corners. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 0 times this season. Nehemiah Shelton as a ball hawker was able to pick off 0 passes this season, which puts him in the 37.54 percentile among Corners this season.

The Hawaii Roster

The Players to Watch for Hawaii

Chevan Cordeiro QB 6-1 190

This season, Chevan Cordeiro has put up 1457 yards and 9 touchdowns. He has thrown 4 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 128.4thus far this season. Chevan Cordeiro has thrown 4 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Chevan Cordeiro has 328.0 rushing yards, which puts him in the 93.65 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 85.0 times this season, which puts him in the 95.08 percentile. Has he hit paydirt as a runner? He has 4.0 rushing touchdowns this season.

Miles Reed RB 5-8 190

This season, Miles Reed has 239 rushing yards on 59 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 1 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, Miles Reed picked up 88 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 13 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 0 receiving touchdowns this season.

Jared Smart WR 6-0 190

This season, Jared Smart picked up 242 yards. He caught the ball 26 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 1 receiving touchdowns this season.

Justus Tavai DL 6-3 295

The leading tackler among Defensive Ends for Hawaii, Justus Tavai has 24 tackles this season. He was able to keep rushers back and penetrate the offensive line with 3 tackles for loss, which puts him in the 78.17 percentile among Defensive Ends. When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 1 times this season, which put him in the 68.5 percentile among all Defensive Ends in College Football. He has forced 1 fumbles this season.

Khoury Bethley DB 5-10 200.0

He is the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Hawaii, Khoury Bethley had 43 tackles which puts him in the 93.26 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 5 tackles for loss this season, which puts him in the 98.56 percentile among Secondary position players. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 0 times this season. Khoury Bethley as a ball hawker was able to pick off 0 passes this season, which puts him in the 38.31 percentile among returning secondary position players this season.

San Jose State vs. Hawaii Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: San Jose State 38 Hawaii 31

Spread Pick: San Jose State -1.5 -105 5Dimes
Moneyline Pick: San Jose State -117 5Dimes
Total Pick: Over 58.5 -110 BetPhoenix