Wake Forest at Rice College Football Betting Tips and Predictions 9/7/2019
Saturday, September 7, 2019
Jamie Newman and the Wake Forest Demon Deacons travel to Rice Stadium on Saturday where they'll take on the Rice Owls. Rice opens this game as 19.5-point favorites. The O/U is set at 55.5.
In their last game, the Wake Forest Demon Deacons took on the Utah State Aggies and took home the victory by a score of 38-35. Cade Carney paced the team in rushing in this game. His longest run of the day went for 26 yards but he wasn't able to rush for a TD on this day. He ran for 105 yards on 25 carries which means he ran for an average of 4.2 yards per carry. Sage Surratt was the leader in receiving yardage by earning 158 yards on 7 catches. He notched an average of 22.6 yards per catch in this game. Leading the way at QB for the Demon Deacons was Jamie Newman who went 34/47 with 401 yards by way of passing and threw 3 TD's. He finished this contest without throwing a pick.
The Demon Deacons head into this matchup 1-0 for this year. They are one of the dangerous teams in the conference and they are capable of putting up big points on any given night. For total yards, they rank 2nd in the ACC and 14th in D-1 with 579 yards. When it comes to scoring touchdowns, the Demon Deacons have compiled a total of 3 passing TDs and 2 rushing TDs. They are one of the most potent offenses in the country with an average of 38 points per game, which has them at 38th in D-1. As a unit, they have an average of 178 rushing yards per game which is 6th in the ACC.
The Demon Deacons have one of the most lackluster defenses in the country giving up 35 points per contest, which has them at 10th in the ACC and 100th in the country. In regard to yards rushing, Wake Forest is allowing 180 yards per contest which has them at 11th in the ACC and 98th in D-1. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 5.8 yards per carry which has them at 13th in the Atlantic Coast Conference and 117th in Division 1 overall. Overall, they have allowed 180 rushing yards through 1 game. When it comes to passing yards, the Demon Deacons have conceded 401 yards. Teams are completing 68.8% of the passes they throw against them and averaging 8.7 yards per try. They have allowed 3 passing TDs and 2 rushing TDs.
In the last game they played, the Rice Owls went up against the Army Black Knights and took the loss by a score of 14-7. Nahshon Ellerbe led the team in rushing in this game. He broke a long run for 54 yards and he ran for 1 TD in this outing. He ran for a total of 103 yards on 9 carries which gave him an average of 11.4 yards per run. Austin Trammell was the leader in receiving yardage with a total of 40 yards on 4 receptions. He had an average of 10.0 yards per catch in this game. Leading the way at QB for the Owls was Wiley Green who went 7/14 with 62 yards via the pass but wasn't able to get any balls in the endzone via the pass. He walked away with no picks.
The Owls come into this game with a record of 0-1. In terms of offensive proficiency, the Owls leave a lot to be desired in terms of scoring in the nation. In discussing their scoring prowess, the Owls are ranked 14th in C-USA and 119th out of all the teams in the country averaging 7 points per contest. Rice is making teams consider moving more up into the box by averaging 181 yards per game, which has them at 59th in Division 1. As a unit, they have compiled a total of 181 yards rushing through 1 contest, so they will want to continue to try to improve on the run game so opponents will have to respect all facets of the game. The Owls average 243 yards per contest overall putting them 117th in the country and 13th in Conference USA.
The Owls are conceding 14 points per game ranking them 3rd in the conference and 43rd in Division 1. Their pass defense is one of the top groups in the nation. They are giving up 53 passing yards per game. For yards through the air allowed per game, the Owls currently sit at 1st in Conference USA. They have conceded 1 passing touchdown for the 2019 season. When talking about points given up, they have allowed 14 total points. In regard to yards rushing, they are conceding 231 yards per contest which puts them at 113th in Division 1 and 11th in C-USA. For 2019, they have conceded 231 rushing yards and 1 rushing touchdown.
Who will win tonight's Demon Deacons/Owls college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Owls -19.5
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