Free Week 3 Prediction: Demon Deacons vs. Wolfpack Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 3
(0-1) Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs NC State (0-0)
Date: Saturday, September 19th, 2020
Time: 8:00 pm EST
Venue: Carter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh, North Carolina
NCAA Football Spread: NC State -2
NCAA Betting Total: 52.5
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The pressure is on at NC State to get back to relevance, especially with things lining up nicely in Chapel Hill.
They have yet to play a game this season though so it is hard to know what we are getting.
That is not the case with the Demon Deacons, but at the same time, it is hard to like what we have seen so far.
Wake Forest Demon Deacons
Wake Forest won eight games last season and has been in the news all off-season thanks to Jamie Newman transferring out. Losing to Clemson in the opener was a foregone conclusion so I think we have to look past that result.
Sam Hartman has experience at quarterback so the question is how to evaluate him in the loss. Was it just the fact that Clemson is pretty darn good.
Not helping matters is that Sage Surratt, the best player on the team and a legit All-American candidate opted out for the season. He was their best receiver a year ago.
The strength of the defense if the front seven where everyone returned from a year ago. The fact that Clemson ran and threw the ball with ease is all about the Tigers.
This is the first road game of the season. It is not a long trip to Raleigh but travel is weird this season so it could be a factor, especially the first time.
NC State Wolfpack
The season starts with coach Dave Doeren on the hot seat. The Wolfpack only won four games a year ago and turning things around this season is a must.
There is experience returning on offense – four linemen, top receiver, and the top runner – but they are young at quarterback and might not have enough overall talent to be more than middle of the pack in the ACC.
The defense is where things have really fallen off. They gave up 30ppg last season and are a long ways from when they had one of the best defensive lines in the college game.
This is the first game of the season and the first chance to see if changing up the coordinators is going to be enough to get the Wolfpack going in the right direction.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Under is 9-3 in WAKE last 12 games overall.
- WAKE are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games on grass.
- Under is 10-4 in WAKE last 14 conference games.
- NCST are 5-16 ATS in their last 21 games overall.
- Under is 7-3 in NCST last 10 games in September.
- Under is 20-9 in NCST last 29 conference games.
Free Week 3 NCAA Football Pick
This is a small spread and an expectantly tough call. I have never liked Doeren as coach but you want to give his guys a chance, right?
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Wake Forest +2
The Demon Deacons won by 34 at home against NC State last season. They are the better-coached team and even though some of the offensive pieces are no longer there for Wake the NC State defense returns just three starters.
This one is probably a good spot for a money line play but the two points give us a little extra margin for error. As long as Hartman stays upright this play is solid.
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