Over/Under 6 Wins () vs Wake Forest Demon Deacons ()Date : 08/30/2018
Time : First Game: Wake Forest Demon Deacons @ Tulane Green Wave 8:00 PM
Location : BB&T Field
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Over/Under 6 Wins vs Wake Forest Demon Deacons
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons are coming off their best year since 2008 as they went 7-5 in the regular season with a bowl win over Texas A&M in the Belk Bowl. Dave Clawson has been able to turn around a program that was sitting in last place for so many years in the ACC as he has inserted a different culture in the locker room. Clawson was given promise at the end the season as his offense was high-powered especially in their bowl victory as they scored 55 points against an SEC defense. Wake Forest will have to move on from the Johnny Wolford era as the former 2-year starting quarterback has run out of eligibility. Wake Forest will also have to figure out things on the defensive side of the ball as they lost some important pieces to the NFL and graduation. Wake Forest was bad on the defensive side of the ball but that can be understandable considering they changed defensive coaches before last season started. As Clawson has been able to build new facilities and win games with his roster the one area he has lacked in is the recruiting trail as he ranked 13th out of 14th in the ACC. Wake Forest has lacked the big-time recruits that you need to compete in the ACC as the program has failed to sign a 4-star recruit once again, something that has not been done since 2010.
Over/Under 6 Wins's Latest Performance :
Wake Forest is coming off their best season in the Dave Clawson era as they had veteran leadership in key positions, but this year they will have a new look to them as they will have to fill in those spots with fresh faces. Given the fact that the slated starting QB is suspended for the first 3 games and the fact that the new guys will have to adjust in their new spot oddsmakers have set the over/under at 6 wins, which would be good for bowl eligibility.
Can The Deacons Break Through?
Wake Forest is stuck in the ACC Atlantic division the side that has been run by Florida State and Clemson for the last few years. Wake Forest lacks the major recruits to compete with the powerhouse teams and we will see that this year as they will see Norte Dame, Florida State, Clemson, NC State, and Louisville. Luckily for Wake Forest, they will have an easy non-conference schedule as they will play on the road at Tulane and then host FCS Towson and C-USA Rice. The ACC road schedule will be tough for them as they should lose every single game away from home. Wake Forest will also try to flip the script in their rivalry game against Duke as they hold an all-time record of 37-57 but they will have to do so on the road this season.
Wake Forest Demon Deacons's Latest Performance :
Dave Clawson has not been known as an offensive-minded coach in his time as a head coach but last year was different as they ranked 12th in total offense as well as put points up in bunches. A huge reason behind that was their stud dual-threat QB in Johhny Wolford who combined for 3875 yards and 39 TDs, but Clawson must move on from the Wolford era as he can no longer play college football. The guy who is slated to replace Wolford is Kendall Hinton who has failed to stay healthy over the last two seasons, but a problem has come across Wake Forest as Hinton will be suspended for the first 3 games this season. Wake Forest may have to ride the ground game this year as they will return their top running back in Matt Colburn who rushed for 904 yards last season. Another weapon that returns for Hinton is speedy WR Greg Dortch who had a really good freshmen campaign with a team-high in receiving yards (722) as well as in the touchdown department (9). The Demon Deacons will have to replace their top TE in Cam Serigne who wasn’t only a force in the passing game (9 TDs) but also one of the best-run blockers. Defensively is where the Demon Deacons will want to focus their attention as they will be without some major pieces on each level of the defense. Jessie Bates was the leader of the defense from the secondary and he was one of the top tacklers (77) but he left a void for Clawson as he elected to leave Wake Forest early for the NFL draft. The Demon Deacons will get their top tackler from 2017 back as redshirt senior safety Cameron Glenn (98 tackles, 2 interceptions) will take over as the lead man in a young secondary. The secondary will have to be much better this season as they allowed over 380 passing yards per game at the end of the season. Wake Forest will also have to replace their sack leader from 2017 as Duke Ejiofor (17 sacks) is now playing in the NFL after starting for 4 years at Wake Forest.
Player To Watch
Chuck Wade, DB, Sr.
Chuck Wade is commonly known for his one hand interception in high school that was all over the internet for weeks but the senior lacked finding playing time in his first 3 years at Wake Forest. Wade started off his career at Wake Forest as a wide receiver but after he only had 245 yards in 2017 the coaches found the perfect opportunity to move him onto the defensive side of the ball. Wade is penciled in to fill Jessie Bates role as an in the box safety and given the seniors’ experience on that side of the ball in high school I expect him to fill into Bates role successfully as he will be a force in both the ground game as well as in the passing game.
How Over/Under 6 Wins & Wake Forest Demon Deacons Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Over 6 Wins -120
Under 6 Wins -Even
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
8/30- @ Tulane- W
9/8- Towson- W
9/13- Boston College- L
9/22- Norte Dame- L
9/29- Rice- W
10/6- Clemson- L
10/20- @ Florida State- L
10/27- @ Louisville- L
11/3- Syracuse- W
11/8- @ NC State- L
11/17- Pitt- W
11/24- @ Duke- L
Overall Record- 5-7
Against The Spread Selection: Under 6 Wins - Even
My reason for the pick :
Wake Forest is seeking their 3rd straight bowl appearance under Dave Clawson but unfortunately, that will not happen this year as the Demon Deacons will have to play a tough road schedule in ACC play. Kendall Hinton is a solid QB but he will be suspended for the first 3 games which could throw off his chemistry with his wide receivers. The defense will also be another problem especially after losing some of their top guys, expect them to give up a ton of big plays this season. Wake Forest will need to recruit better if they ever want a shot of cracking the top half of the ACC Atlantic division. Wake Forest falls short of the 6 win total as they will go through some growing pains this season.