The Warriors narrowly escaped an upset last week at La Tech with an OT win.  Look for Hawaii to get back in gear this Saturday night in Las Vegas against the UNLV Rebels.

I’ll admit I was one of the many that laid the four touchdowss with the Warriors last week in Ruston, LA, and was utterly disgusted after watching that game. However, Hawaii did as many things as they possibly could to make sure they lost that game SU, yet, they escaped with a 45-44 win in OT. That speaks volumes about this team, as Ruston has historically been a tough place for them to go into and succeed.

On top of that, the weather was quite unlike any Hawaii played in for quite some time as the humid Louisiana air got to a bulk of their players. Cramps set in and many players were found sucking down oxygen like it was 'one dollar, you call it' night at their favorite local watering hole.

With the public seeing them barely escape as 28-point road chalk last week, many will be ready to fade them in this spot against the Runnin' Rebels of UNLV. Especially after they just witnessed the Top 10 ranked Wisconsin Badgers go into Sam Boyd Stadium and struggle to pick up the victory. I, however, won’t be one of the many as this is a great spot to jump back on the Warrior train as they cruise to a rather comfy road win and cover.

Hawaii stayed on the mainland this week, and that’s certainly a bonus, as the squad won’t come into this one lethargic after all the traveling. Also, UNLV is nowhere near as good as they made everyone think last week. Wisconsin goes up against a lesser team every year and struggles. The Rebels just so happened to be that team this year.

Hawaii ripped these guys apart on the Island by a 42-13 final margin a year ago, and a score of that variety wouldn’t shock me in the least this Saturday night. Hawaii will also have a nice crowd on hand as many of the islanders make Las Vegas their home away from home. UNLV just doesn’t match up well against this Warriors club, and that was clearly evident in last year’s game after HC June Jones called off the dogs after they were up 42-0 in the third quarter.

The line value here is tremendous after Hawaii’s poor showing last week, so grab the Rainbow Warriors and lay the chalk in this evening tussle.

Free Pick: Hawaii -17 (-110)