Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs NC State Wolfpack Prediction, 9/19/2020 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs NC State Wolfpack
Date: Saturday, September 19, 2020
Location: Carter-Finley Stadium
TV: ACC Network
Odds/Point Spread: Wake Forest (+1.5)
Devin Leary and the NC State Wolfpack play the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Carter-Finley Stadium on Saturday, September 19, 2020. NC State opens this contest as 1.5-point favorites. The total is set at 56.5.
Last week the Wake Forest Demon Deacons took on the Clemson Tigers and added a loss to their record by a score of 37-13. Christian Beal-Smith led the team on the ground in this contest. He broke a long run for 7 yards but he wasn't able to run one in for a touchdown. He ran for a total of 29 yards via 11 carries which meant he was running for 2.6 yards per run. Taylor Morin was the receiving yardage leader with a total of 93 yards on 9 receptions. He had an average of 10.3 yards per reception in this contest. Sam Hartman went 11/21 with 182 yards by way of passing but wasn't able to get any balls in the endzone via the pass. He walked away with no picks.
The Demon Deacons come into this matchup after finishing 2019 with a record of 8-5. They are a team that had one of the most potent offenses in the ACC and they are capable of putting up big points on any given night. For total yardage, they sat at 3rd in the ACC and 19th in the country with 6,032 yards. They were one of top scoring teams in the nation with an average of 31.8 points per contest, which had them at 41st in the country. As a team, they averaged 175.7 rushing yards per game which was 6th in the ACC.
The Demon Deacons had one of the more average defenses in the nation allowing 29.1 points per contest, which had them at 8th in the conference and 75th in the nation. When it comes to yards through the air, the Demon Deacons allowed 3,748 yards. Teams completed 62.2% of the throws they attempted against them and averaged 7.6 yards per attempt. In regard to yards on the ground, Wake Forest gave up 163.7 yards per game which had them at 9th in the ACC and 74th in D-1. Opposing teams ran for an average of 4.2 yards per rush ranking them 9th in the Atlantic Coast Conference and 60th in college football overall. In total, they conceded 2,128 rushing yards through 13 contests.
In their last game of 2019, the NC State Wolfpack went up against the North Carolina Tar Heels and were on the losing end of this game by a score of 41-10. Devin Leary went 7/20 with 98 yards through the air and completed 1 TD. He walked away with 2 interceptions for the contest. Jordan Houston paced the team on the ground for that game. He tore off a long run of 41 yards but he wasn't able to rush for a TD on this day. He ran for a total of 62 yards via 8 carries which meant he was running for 7.8 yards per run. Tabari Hines was the receiving yardage leader by earning 89 yards on 7 catches. He had an average of 12.7 yards per reception for that game.
The Wolfpack come into this game after finishing with a record of 4-8. NC State needed to do more to make teams respect their running game by averaging 151.4 yards per contest, putting them 75th in college football. As a unit, they compiled a total of 1,817 rushing yards through 12 contests, so they'll need to look to improve on these numbers if they want to compete with the better teams in the nation. The Wolfpack averaged 380.5 yards per contest overall putting them 87th in D-1 and 11th in the Atlantic Coast Conference. When talking about the points that were being put on the board, the Wolfpack ranked 12th in the conference and 106th out of all the teams in the nation averaging 22.1 points per contest.
The Wolfpack allowed 30.1 points per contest ranking them 10th in the Atlantic Coast Conference and 81st in Division 1. In terms of points given up, they gave up 361 total points. When talking about rushing yards, they allowed 144.8 yards per contest which put them at 51st in D-1 and 7th in the conference. For 2019, they gave up 1,738 yards on the ground. Their pass defense was one of the middling units in Division 1. They gave up 255.5 passing yards per contest. For yards through the air allowed per game, the Wolfpack sat at 11th in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Who will win tonight's Demon Deacons/Wolfpack college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Demon Deacons +1.5
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