Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs Wisconsin Badgers Prediction, 12/30/2020 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs Wisconsin Badgers
Date: Wednesday, December 30, 2020
Location: Bank of America Stadium
Odds/Point Spread: Wake Forest (+7)
Bank of America Stadium is the venue where Graham Mertz and the Wisconsin Badgers (3-3) will take on the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (4-4) on Wednesday, December 30 in the Duke's Mayo Bowl. The odds on this contest have Wisconsin as 7-point favorites. The over/under opens at 55.
In their last game, the Wake Forest Demon Deacons went up against the Louisville Cardinals and ended up taking the loss by a score of 45-21. Sam Hartman went 17/41 with 224 yards by way of the pass and tossed 2 TD's. He gave away 1 interception on the day. Christian Beal-Smith paced the team in rushing for that contest. He had a long run of 14 yards but he never crossed the endzone by way of the rush. He rushed for 58 yards by way of 14 carries which meant he averaged 4.1 yards per carry. Jaquarii Roberson led the team in receiving yardage with a tally of 138 yards on 9 catches. He notched an average of 15.3 yards per reception for that contest.
In terms of putting points on the board, the Wake Forest Demon Deacons have an average of 37.0 points per contest. As a unit they're averaging 169.6 yards on the ground which has them sitting 61st in the country. The Demon Deacons have earned 3,483 total yards for the year. In terms of getting the ball in the endzone, Wake Forest has compiled 11 touchdowns through the air and 21 rushing touchdowns. Concerning yards via the pass, the Demon Deacons have conceded 2,127 yards which puts them in 88th in college football. In total, they are surrendering 456.9 yards/outing putting them 119th in Division 1. The Demon Deacons are ranked 91st in D-1 regarding team defense, conceding 31.6 points per game. The opposition is running for 4.8 yards per running attempt and 191.0 rushing yards per contest so far this season. In their 8 games, they have conceded 265.9 yards per game through the air and conceding a completion percentage of 63.2%. In total, they have given up 1,528 rushing yards through 8 outings.
Sam Hartman has completed 355 of his career 624 throws for a completion percentage of 56.9%. He is throwing for 224.8 yards per game. For his college career, Hartman has thrown for a total of 4,720 yards with 30 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. His QB rating is 132.8 with a TD percentage of 4.8% and an interception percentage of 1.8%. Since his collegiate career started, he has left the pocket to run 192 times for a total of 355 yards.
In their last contest, the Wisconsin Badgers took the field against the Minnesota Golden Gophers and took home the victory by a score of 20-17. Garrett Groshek led the team in rushing for the game. He tore off a long run of 39 yards and he tallied 1 touchdown in this contest. He scurried for 154 yards by way of 24 carries which means he ran for an average of 6.4 yards per run. Jack Dunn led the team in receiving yardage with a tally of 76 yards on 7 receptions. He earned an average of 10.9 yards per reception for the game. Graham Mertz went 12/20 with 132 yards through the air but didn't get a passing TD in this game. He walked away from this game with no interceptions.
For the year so far, the Badgers have compiled 1,123 yards through the air along with an average of 187.2 passing yards per outing, which ranks 105th in Division 1. The Wisconsin Badgers maintain an average of 358.8 yards per outing which has them ranked 95th in D-1. They have an average of 171.7 yards per game via the ground game and have toted the ball for 1,030 yards for the season. When it comes to how much they score, the Badgers are sitting 105th in Division 1 holding an average of 22.3 PPG. The Badgers are conceding 15.7 points per game, which has them ranked 18th in the nation. In total, they have allowed 94 points in total. Wisconsin has allowed a total of 562 yards rushing (93.7 yards/game) and 1 touchdown rushing on the year. They have allowed the opposition 9 touchdowns through the air as well as 169.8 yards/game, which has them in 19th in the country.
Mertz has thrown for 8 TD's while tossing 5 interceptions in his collegiate career. His touchdown percentage when attempting a pass is 4.3% and his interception percentage is 2.7%. He has run for 32 yds on 33 attempts. He is averaging 147.6 yds per contest through the air with a 124.5 QB rating. In 8 contests in his college career, Graham Mertz has connected on 116 of his 186 tries for 1,181 yards.
Who will win tonight's Demon Deacons/Badgers college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Badgers -7
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