Saturday Last Call: Hawaii Homecoming Festivities Equal Offense

Thursday, September 20, 2018 1:11 PM UTC

Thursday, Sep. 20, 2018 1:11 PM UTC

It's last call for Week 4, and also homecoming for the Rainbow Warriors. NCAAF handicapper Mark Lathrop expects some old-school run-and-shoot when Duquesne visits Hawaii to end the day's festivities.

Mark's 2018 NCAAF Record: 11-7, +6.92u
*Note: Record includes official Twitter selections (@mlathrop3)

Duquesne Dukes (3-1 SU) at Hawaii Rainbow Warriors (3-1 SU)Sunday, 12 a.m. ETFree NCAAF Pick: Over 67Best Line Offered: 5Dimes

This game is so much of a last call that it doesn’t even show up on the college football odds board. That doesn’t mean it isn’t worth looking at, though, as the Duquesne Dukes, consistent FCS winners, travel to Oahu to match up with Hawaii. Now in his 14th season, coach Jerry Schmidt has led the Dukes to four Northeast Conference titles over the last seven years. They have also been an offensive powerhouse, with an average of 32.2 points per game in 2017.

That average looks just about right as the Dukes scored an average of 33 points in their last three games – all wins. They have a transfer quarterback from Florida Atlantic at the helm, Daniel Parr, who has started to really heat up as he gets used to the Duke’s offense. In the four games this season, Parr has gotten better in each one while putting up 123, 197, 235, and 333 yards passing, respectively. It adds up to a 66.7 completion percentage and 154.6 passing rating, which will be very useful against the run-and-shoot tendencies of Hawaii.

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🎉🎊 HOMECOMING! 🎉🎊 Celebrating the past, present & future! #GoBows 🌈 #RunAndShootIsBack #HawaiiFB pic.twitter.com/uRctz7k8bn

— Hawaii Football (@HawaiiFootball) September 20, 2018
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I had an official pick against Hawaii last weekend, as a 6 a.m. local time start against Army loomed large in my mind. There was also a good number at hand, with -6 available at many books. Alas, the boys from West Point won by a touchdown to cash my ticket. It was apparently quite a slog, with the exception of an 80-yard strike for a TD in the fourth quarter by Hawaii that made things very interesting until the end.

I guess as a reward for traveling to a 6 a.m. game is to come home. And by that, I mean homecoming. This easy opponent on the schedule for Hawaii is not an accident – the Rainbow Warriors are 37-point favorites, after all. There will be festivities for most of the day, including inductions for athletes into the 2018 UH Ring of Honor. I’m expecting the Hawaii offense to have a massive day and to not take their foot off of the pedal. I’m also expecting Duquesne and their FBS transfer QB to have a medium amount of success against the Rainbow Warriors at times. At least enough to score 21 points or more in the midst of a blowout. The side is way too much chalk, but I’ll gladly take a homecoming blowout to cross "over" 67 points as one of my Week 4 NCAAF picks.

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