North Carolina Tar Heels vs Wake Forest Demon Deacons Prediction, 11/12/2022 College Football Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: North Carolina Tar Heels vs Wake Forest Demon Deacons
Date: Saturday, November 12, 2022
Location: Truist Field in Winston-Salem, NC
Odds/Point Spread: Demon Deacons (-3)
Truist Field is the location where the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (6-3) will attempt to beat the North Carolina Tar Heels (8-1) on Saturday. Wake Forest opens this contest as 3-point favorites. The total is 76.
The North Carolina Tar Heels head into this game 8-1 for this season. The last time they took the field, the Tar Heels went up against the Virginia Cavaliers and earned the victory with a final of 31-28. Drake Maye finished 26/37 with 293 yds passing and 2 TDs. He had a quarterback rate of 154.6 and walked away from the contest without throwing an interception. Elijah Green led the offense in rushing for the Tar Heels with 22 carries for 91 yds (4.1 yards per carry). The North Carolina Tar Heels ran the football 40 different times and tallied 162 yds, which came out to an average of 4.1 yards per carry. In the game, they ran 77 plays which gave them a total of 455 yds. North Carolina relinquished 17 completions on 35 attempts for a total of 232 yds, and a completion rate of 48.6%. When it came to stopping the run, the Tar Heels gave up 186 yds on 39 tries, which is 4.8 yards per rush allowed.
When talking about scoring, the North Carolina Tar Heels hold an average of 40.6 PPG. As a unit they're averaging 167.0 yards on the ground which ranks them 55th in the country. The Tar Heels have earned 4,471 total yards this season. When it comes to scoring, North Carolina has compiled 31 passing touchdowns and 17 rushing touchdowns. North Carolina has compiled 231 first downs as a team, and they have been called for 61 infractions for 533 yds. They have surrendered the ball 9 times.
Concerning yards via the pass, the Tar Heels have allowed 2,498 yards which puts them in 119th in D-1. They have surrendered 277.6 yards per outing through the air as well as conceding a completion percentage of 64.0%. For the season, they are surrendering 457.7 yards per contest which puts them 122nd in D-1. They have given up 18 touchdowns by air in addition to 19 touchdowns on the ground. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 4.7 yards per tote and 180.1 yards on the ground per game this year. Over the course of this year, they have conceded 1,621 rushing yards through 9 contests. The Tar Heels are sitting in 104th in Division 1 in terms of team defense, allowing 31.0 points per game.
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The Demon Deacons come into this matchup with a record of 6-3 this year. For their last game, the Demon Deacons walked away with a loss by a score of 30-21 against the NC State Wolfpack. Christian Turner carried the football 8 times for 29 yards, ending the contest with 3.6 yds per attempt for Wake Forest. Sam Hartman (2 touchdowns) walked away from the contest with 397 yds on 29/48 through the air while his quarterback rating was 131.1. He had 3 interceptions and his average yards per pass attempt was 8.3. Wake Forest conceded 41 rushing attempts for 115 yards (2.8 yds per carry). The Demon Deacons passing defense conceded a completion rate of 64.3%, relinquishing 210 yds on 18 for 28 through the air. The Demon Deacons finished the game with a total of 414 yards and they ran 73 plays (5.7 yds per play). Wake Forest rushed the ball for 0.7 yards per carry, finishing the game with 17 yards on 25 attempts.
When it comes to their scoring prowess, the Demon Deacons rank 19th in the nation averaging 36.9 points per game. Over the course of the season to this point, the Demon Deacons have racked up 2,777 yards via the pass as well as an average of 308.6 throwing yards per outing, which ranks 14th in college football. The Wake Forest Demon Deacons have an average of 431.9 yards/game, which has them sitting 38th in Division 1. The Wake Forest offense has racked up 372 penalty yds on 43 violations, which ranks 112th in the country in terms of hurting your team.
The Demon Deacons are relinquishing 27.3 points per contest, which puts them 79th in college football. Wake Forest has surrendered a total of 1,280 yards on the ground (142.2 yards per outing) in addition to 8 touchdowns by way of the ground game on the year. This year, they have surrendered 246 points. They have given up 19 touchdowns through the air and 231.1 yards per game, which puts them in 69th in the country. The Demon Deacons defense has taken the field for 630 plays, which has them sitting 81st in the nation.
Who will win tonight's Tar Heels/Demon Deacons college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Demon Deacons -3
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