Wake Forest Demon Deacons College Football Betting
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons will play the Missouri Tigers in the Gasparilla Bowl on Friday December 23. The Demon Deacons come into this game at 7-5 SU and 7-5 ATS with five games going over the total and seven going under. The Tigers are 6-6 SU and 7-5 ATS with four games going over the total and eight going under. The Demon Deacons were thought to be a serious contender in the ACC early in the season, but a bad loss to Louisville sent the team into a spiral that they never really recovered from. Wake Forest went just 3-5 in the ACC and finished in sixth place in the Atlantic Division. Missouri went 3-5 in the SEC and finished in a tie for fourth place in the East Division. Wake Forest is listed as a slight favorite in Gasparilla Bowl odds.
NCAA Football Betting Odds
Wake Forest Demon Deacons -2.5
Missouri Tigers +2.5
Wake Forest Demon Deacons Weekly Matchup
On Friday, December 23, 2022, the Wake Forest Demon Deacons will play the Missouri Tigers in the Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. Kickoff time is set for 6:30 p.m. ET with television coverage on ESPN.
The Tigers will be without two key defensive starters, as Isaiah McGuire and Martez Manuel will not participate in the bowl game. Missouri will have to find a way to contain the Wake Forest offense and it won’t be easy without two key starters. “I have a ton of respect for Dave Clawson and Wake Forest and the job he’s done there,” Missouri head coach Eliah Drinkwitz said to the media, “They’ve got one of the best quarterbacks in college football in Sam Hartman, so that will be a tremendous challenge and allow our team to a focus for the bowl game.”
Wake Forest averaged 36.8 points per game which is 17th-best in the country. They are averaging 447.8 yards per game. They are giving up 29.3 points and allowing 410.8 yards per contest. Justice Ellison leads the team with 643 rushing yards, Sam Hartman has thrown for 3,421 yards, while A.T. Perry has 980 receiving yards. Jasheen Davis leads the team with 6.5 sacks.
Missouri averaged 25.5 points per game and put up 370.8 yards per contest. They gave up 25 points and allowed 337.3 yards per game. Cody Schrader led the team with 690 rushing yards, Brady Cook threw for 2,500 yards, while Dominic Lovett led the team with 846 receiving yards.
Wake Forest Demon Deacons Weekly Recap
The Demon Deacons regular season concluded on Saturday, November 26 in a loss to Duke. With 2:04 remaining, Riley Leonard's second touchdown pass of the contest to Sahmir Hagans helped Duke defeat Wake Forest 34-31 in Durham, North Carolina. Leonard finished the game with four touchdown passes. Last year, the Blue Devils had no ACC victories but this season they won five conference games.
Sam Hartman tied an Atlantic Coast Conference career record for Wake Forest as he had three touchdowns to tie a record, but his final throw was intercepted. Hartman threw for 347 yards on 26 of his 42 completions.
With 5:05 left in the fourth quarter, Jermal Martin Jr. intercepted Leonard's ball in the end zone, ending Duke's 14-play drive but the Blue Devils got one more opportunity, and they took advantage of it by covering 65 yards in two plays.
Duke gained a 27-17 advantage thanks to Leonard's 30-yard throw play to Jordan Moore. With 12:31 left, Hartman responded by first tossing 17 yards to Taylor Morin, then six yards to A.T. Perry, giving the Demon Deacons their first lead since the first minute of the second quarter. The TD pass for Hartman was his 107th in his career, tying Tahj Boyd, a former Clemson quarterback, for the most in ACC history.
Todd Pelino of Duke made field goals from 42 and 32 in the opening period, which saw the Blue Devils lead 20-17. In a five and a half minute span early in the second quarter, Leonard found Hagans for 30 yards and Jaylen Calhoun for 46 as Duke increased its lead to 17-7. With 1:50 remaining in the half, Matthew Dennis' 32-yard field goal leveled the score after Hartman's 8-yard completion to Donavon Greene for a score.
2022 Wake Forest Demon Deacons Schedule
||L 45-51 (2OT)
||at Florida State
||vs. Boston College
||at NC State
||vs. North Carolina
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