Memphis at Wake Forest Birmingham Bowl Picks and Predictions 12/22/2018
Saturday, December 22, 2018
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Legion Field is the venue for the game between the Memphis Tigers and the Wake Forest Demon Deacons on Saturday, December 22, 2018. The opening line for this matchup has Memphis as 4 point favorites. The Demon Deacons are 4-8-0 against the spread and their over/under mark is 7-5-0. The Tigers are 8-5-0 ATS and their over/under record is 8-5-0.
Valuable Memphis Tigers Betting Trends
The Memphis Tigers are 8-5-0 against the over/under
The Memphis Tigers are 8-5-0 against the spread
Important Wake Forest Demon Deacons Betting Trends
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons are 7-5-0 against the over/under
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons are 4-8-0 against the spread
Key Memphis Tigers Injuries
12/02/18 DB Carlito Gonzalez Undisclosed is questionable Saturday vs Wake Forest
12/02/18 DB La'Andre Thomas Undisclosed is questionable Saturday vs Wake Forest
09/20/18 LB Keith Brown Jr. Undisclosed is out for season
Key Wake Forest Demon Deacons Injuries
12/02/18 DB Amari Henderson Undisclosed is questionable Saturday vs Memphis
12/02/18 LB Ryan Smenda Jr. Undisclosed is questionable Saturday vs Memphis
11/05/18 QB Sam Hartman Leg is out for season
09/26/18 LB Nate Mays Foot is out for season
09/06/18 OL Justin Herron ACL is out for season
09/05/18 DB Coby Davis Knee is out for season
09/05/18 DL Elontae Bateman Medical is out for season
08/20/18 RB Tyler Bell Undisclosed is out for season
08/04/18 LB Chase Monroe Undisclosed is out indefinitely
08/04/18 LB Jeff Burley Knee is out for season
07/15/18 RB Arkeem Byrd ACL is out for season
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Memphis Tigers have run for 3,712 yards as a unit, which ranks 2nd in the nation. They've run 562 times, averaging 6.6 yards per rush as a unit. The Tigers have been penalized on offense 98 times for 813 yards so far this year, which has them 8th in the country in penalties. They are 4th in Division 1 in points scored with 567. They have run 946 plays this year for 6,946 yards, which ranks them 31st in the nation in total offense. The Tigers average 7.3 yards per play, which is 5th in college football. As a team they have accumulated a total of 322 1st downs this season, ranking them 4th overall as an offensive unit. Brady White has completed 214 throws while attempting 336 passes for a completion percentage of 63.7%. He has passed for 2,947 yards this year. He averages 9.3 adjusted yards per throw and 8.8 yards per pass attempt. His quarterback rating this season is 157.8.
The Tigers rush defense has given up 538 attempts for 2,204 yards this season, putting them in 84th place in the country against the run. They have had 81 penalties for 725 yards on defense this year. That places them 92nd in Division 1. Memphis is 104th in college football in points surrendered on defense with 410. They have given up a total of 5,465 yards on D, which is 110th in the nation. The Tigers are 54th in yards per play allowed with 5.6. Opponent offenses have completed 254 throws on 441 attempts against the Memphis Tigers defense this season, ranking them 114th and 118th in the country. The Memphis pass defense has also surrendered a total of 3,260 yards in the air, which is 117th overall in total pass defense.
Special Teams Stats
The Memphis Tigers have tried 20 field goals this year and made 16, which is 50th in college football. Their kickers have a field goal percentage of 79%. Memphis Tigers kickers have made 96% of their extra points, going 72 for 75 this season. Their punters have accumulated 2,142 yards on 49 punts, averaging 43 yards per punt. That ranks them 39th in the NCAA in punting average. Memphis is 10th in the country in punt returns with 29. They've totaled 311 punt return yards and average 10.7 yards per return, which is 43rd in D-1. They have returned 47 kicks for 744 yards on special teams, which puts them 30th in kick return yardage. The Tigers average 16 yards per kick return and they are 2nd in the nation in all-purpose yards with 8,000.
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Demon Deacons are 41st in Division 1 in points scored with 390. They have run 980 plays this season for 5,345 yards, which ranks them 70th in the nation in total offense. The Wake Forest Demon Deacons average 5.5 yards per play, which is 88th in college football. As a team they have accumulated a total of 295 1st downs this year, placing them 19th overall as an offensive unit. On the ground Wake Forest has run for 2,616 yards as a team, which ranks 26th in the country. They've run 576 times, averaging 4.5 yards per carry as a rushing unit. The Demon Deacons have been penalized on offense 48 times for 498 yards so far this season, which has them 125th in the nation in penalties. Jamie Newman has thrown for 755 yards this season. He has completed 62 passes on 101 attempts for a completion percentage of 61.4%. His quarterback rating this year is 144.4. He averages 7.5 yards per pass attempt and 7.7 adjusted yards per throw.
Wake Forest is 101st in the nation in points allowed on defense with 400. They have surrendered a total of 5,570 yards on D, which is 112th in Division 1. The Demon Deacons are ranked 100th in yards per play allowed with 6. Opposing offenses have completed 293 passes on 461 attempts against the Wake Forest defense this season, placing them 128th and 128th in the country. The Wake Forest Demon Deacons pass defense has also given up a total of 3,278 yards through the air, which is 118th overall in total pass defense. Their rushing defense has allowed 472 attempts for 2,292 yards this year, putting them in 89th place in D-1 against the run. The Demon Deacons have committed 72 penalties for 628 yards on the defensive side of the ball this season. That ranks them 52nd in the nation.
Special Teams Stats
Wake Forest is ranked 8th in the nation in punt returns with 31. They've accumulated 356 punt return yards and average 11.5 yards per return, which is 36th in college football. They have returned 25 kicks for 506 yards on special teams, ranking 81st in kick return yardage. The Wake Forest Demon Deacons average 20 yards per kick return and they are 33rd in the country in all-purpose yards with 6,208. The Demon Deacons have attempted 19 field goals this season and made 16, which is 45th in D-1. Their kickers have a field goal percentage of 84%. Wake Forest kickers have made 100% of their extra points, going 48 for 48 this year. Their punters have totaled 2,953 yards on 72 punts, averaging 41 yards per punt. That places them 71st in Division 1 in punting average.
Who will win tonight's Tigers/Demon Deacons college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Tigers -4
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