Wisconsin is the better team here, but Hawaii is fighting for a bowl berth after beginning the year at 2-6, giving them the motivational edge over what can be an indifferent Badger team.
These season-ending visits to Hawaii are always difficult for Big Ten schools, and such should be the case here when the Wisconsin Badgers visit the Hawaii Warriors.
What makes this trip even more difficult for Wisconsin is the fact that the Warriors actually need to win this game to land an improbable visit in the Sheraton Bowl after a 2-6 start, meaning that Hawaii should have a huge motivational edge.
Remember that the reason Hawaii got off to such a terrible start was because they had made many key injuries to skill position players. However, Coach Greg McMackin has done a spectacular job in his first year at the helm, as he has rallied the troops to a four-game winning streak to even to even their mark at 6-6, setting up this bowl opportunity. They also got a nice prep for the Wisconsin rushing attack by upsetting Navy 24-17 last week.
On the other hand, this game means virtually nothing to Wisconsin, as reports are that they are going to the Champs Sports Bowl regardless of this outcome. Thus, it seems rather easy for the Badgers to be distracted by the local island surroundings here, with this game over what is generally perceived to be an inferior opponent almost an afterthought.
While we agree that Wisconsin has tons more talent here, emotion is very important in college football, and the fact that Hawaii is fighting for a bowl should will them to an inspired performance. Whether or not that will be enough for an outright upset may be questionable, but at the very least, the Warriors should hang within single-digits tonight.
Free Pick: Hawaii +12½ (-110)