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(7-5) Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs. Texas A&M Aggies (7-5)
Date: Friday December 29th
Time: 1:00 pm EST
Venue: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina
NCAA Football Spread: Wake Forest -3
NCAA Betting Total: 64.5
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This is one of several games throughout the course of the season where the ACCand SEClook to beast the other. I suppose the Demon Deacons have some advantage with the game being played in their home state though I suspect that Aggies fans travel well.
The question is what has the recent coaching change done to their preparation for this game.
Wake Forest enjoyed a pretty good season. Unlike Texas A&M their preseason expectations were more realistic. They will definitely have a continuity edge over the Aggies but they are probably the less talented of the two programs, if you are measuring talent objectively
Wake Forest Demon Deacons
A winning season and a bowl game is about the best they can expect at Wake Forest.
Four of their five losses were predictable with the lone outlier being a home loss to Duke in the final game of the regular season, that has to sting a little because I think they seen that as a benchmark program. Their best win of the year is probably an upset of Louisville.
Downt the stretch the Demon Deacons seemed to open up the offense more.
They scored at least 30 points in 4 of their last 5 and have an underrated quarterback in John Wolford. It is not the best around but their offense is a balanced attack. It seems like after the losses they had coach Dave Clawson realized scoring is critical to actually winning.
The defense has been up and down this season. They gave up just 28 points to playoff bound Clemson, the top team in the nation, but also 64 at Syracuse.
In my humble opinion they are never going to be really strong on D as it is very tough for Wake to recruit the kind of athletes needed to dominate on that side of the ball. Scheme can only do so much.
Texas A&M Aggies
Changes are definitely coming in College Station but the Jimbo Fisher has not truly begun in earnest yet. Let’s not forget that the reason he is even in town is because, once again, the Aggies have failed to live up to their talent on the field.
Home losses to Mississippi State and Auburn were especially hard to swallow as the base thinks those are teams they should be ahead of. They have to be more competitive at home too.
At times former coach Kevin Sumlin was able to get the offense humming but since Johnny Manziel moved on they just have not been very dynamic on that side of the ball. Freshman QB Kellen Mond is a nice athlete and he had his moments but they need a lot more from that position if they want to compete with the really good teams in the SEC.
That has to be one of the main reasons why Fisher wil be on sidelines next season.
The Aggies lost as much as any team on defense coming into this season. I know programs like Alabama sometimes lose five first rounders in the NFL Draft but they have a better ability to reload than Texas A&M.
Without top overall pick DE Myles Garret they just weren’t able to create game changing plays. This is an offense they should be able to manage though.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Demon Deacons are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 neutral site games.
- Demon Deacons are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games in December.
- Demon Deacons are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Bowl games.
- Over is 5-0 in Aggies last 5 games following a ATS loss.
- Aggies are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 vs. ACC.
- Aggies are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games after allowing more than 280 yards passing in their previous game.
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It is hard to get excited about a team that does not have it head coach heading into a bowl game, especially when it is due to a firing and not him leaving for a better gig. I suppose that and the location are why Wake Forest is a small favourite in this one. Continuity does have some value I suppose. Or at least it should so that is the way I am leaning.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Wake Forest -3
Wake Forest had one of the best spread records in the land at 9-3. Looks like a classic case of the team being ahead of the market. There were definitely some corrections in the ACC Florida State down and Miami on the way back up. The Demon Deacons kind of got lost in the shuffloe a little.
Even though they are disappointing their fans the market can’t be too disappointed as the Aggies went 6-4-2 against the spread. However, they have not performed well as an underdog this season. You would think that every once in a while their talent would shine thought but mostly they are just winning the games they are supposed to.
Belk Bowl Free Score Prediction: Wake Forest 27 – Texas A&M 20
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