Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs Texas A&M Aggies Prediction, 12/31/2021 College Football Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs Texas A&M Aggies
Date: Friday, December 31, 2021
Location: TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, FL
Odds/Point Spread: Aggies (-6.5)
The Texas A&M Aggies (8-4) are welcoming the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (10-3) at TIAA Bank Field on Friday in the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl. Wake Forest opens this game as 6.5-point underdogs. The betting total is set at 58.5.
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons head into this matchup 10-3 this season. The last time they stepped onto the field, the Demon Deacons faced the Pittsburgh Panthers and took a loss by a final of 45-21. Sam Hartman connected on 21/46 with 213 yds passing and 2 touchdowns. He had a quarterback rating of 81.5 and walked away from the contest with 4 picks. Christian Beal was the best rusher for the Demon Deacons with 10 carries for 24 yds (2.4 yards per carry). The Wake Forest Demon Deacons ran the rock 39 different times and recorded 82 yds, which is an average of 2.1 yards per tote. In all, they had 85 plays which gave them 295 yds. Wake Forest conceded 21 completions on 34 attempts for a total of 273 yards, and a completion rate of 61.8%. Against the run, the Demon Deacons gave up 112 yds on 38 attempts, which averages out to 2.9 yards per rush allowed.
The Demon Deacons currently have 6,100 total yards for this campaign. When it comes to distribution of touchdowns, Wake Forest has earned 36 touchdowns via the pass and 30 touchdowns via the ground. They have given the ball to the opposition 20 different times. Wake Forest has accumulated 326 first downs as an offense, and they have been called for 78 infractions for 703 yds. As a team they're averaging 161.5 yards rushing which has them sitting 69th in Division 1. Regarding getting in the endzone, the Wake Forest Demon Deacons are averaging 41.2 points per game.
The Demon Deacons rank 94th in the country when it comes to team defense, allowing 30.3 PPG. Opposing teams are running for an average of 4.9 yards per rushing attempt and 202.4 rushing yards per game so far this season. Overall, they have conceded 2,631 rushing yards through 13 games. Regarding yards via the pass, the Demon Deacons are conceding 2,883 yds which puts them in 82nd in Division 1. They have allowed 221.8 yards per contest through the air as well as giving up a completion percentage of 58.9%. During this campaign, they are conceding 424.2 yards/contest which ranks them 99th in college football. They have surrendered 23 touchdowns via the pass in addition to 23 touchdowns via the ground game.
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The Aggies head into this game 8-4 for this season. In their last game, the Aggies took a loss by a final score of 27-24 when they played the LSU Tigers. Zach Calzada (3 TDs) ended the game with 242 yards on 20/35 through the air while his quarterback rate was 143.5. He didn't toss any picks and his Y/A was 6.9. Devon Achane carried the ball 12 times for 49 yards, walking away from the game with 4.1 yards per attempt for Texas A&M. The Aggies finished the contest with a total of 296 yds on 63 plays (4.7 yards per play). Texas A&M ran for 1.9 yards per carry, totaling 54 yds on 28 attempts. Texas A&M allowed 36 running attempts for 106 yds (2.9 yards per carry). The Aggies secondary gave up a completion percentage of 57.9%, relinquishing 306 yds on 22 out of 38 through the air.
The Texas A&M Aggies maintain an average of 391.8 yards per contest, which is good for 73rd in the nation. The Texas A&M offense has compiled 661 yards of penalties on 77 violations, which ranks them 58th in the nation in terms of giving up free yards. For the season to this point, the Aggies have racked up 2,503 yards through the air along with holding an average of 208.6 passing yards per outing, which has them sitting 90th in college football. Regarding putting points on the board, the Aggies are ranked 61st in college football averaging 29.3 PPG.
The Aggies are conceding 15.9 points per game, ranking them 3rd in college football. Texas A&M has surrendered a total of 1,631 yards rushing (135.9 yards per outing) and 6 touchdowns on the ground on the year. Over the course of the season, they have given up 191 total points. They have given up 13 touchdowns through the air as well as 192.7 yards/contest, which has them in 19th in Division 1. The Aggies defense has taken the field for 841 plays, which is 81st in the country.
Who will win tonight's Demon Deacons/Aggies college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Demon Deacons +6.5
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