The 19th-ranked Wake Forest Demon Deacons will travel to the Carrier Dome on Saturday afternoon to take on the Syracuse Orange in an ACC matchup.
The Demon Deacons are a perfect 5-0 (3-0) and are coming off a 37-34 home win over the Louisville Cardinals. Sophomore quarterback Sam Hartman finished going 23-of-40 for 324 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.
The Orange are 3-2 (0-1) and are coming off a 33-30 road loss against the Florida State Seminoles and sophomore quarterback Garrett Shrader had a decent game as he went 13-of-23 for 150 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
Wake Forest Demon Deacons Betting Preview: They Found Their Receiver
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons have been doing well in the passing game as they are throwing the ball to junior wide receiver Jaquarii Roberson this season. So far this year, he has 22 receptions for 380 *17.3 yards per catch) with a pair of touchdowns while also running two times for eight yards (4.0 yards per carry).
Roberson was extremely effective in the last game against Louisville as he finished with six catches for 135 yards (22.5 yards per reception) with his two rushes for eight yards (4.0 yards per carry). If he can have another incredible game here, it will really help the Demon Deacons remain undefeated.
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons have been doing very well defensively as they are giving up 18.4 points per game this year. Looking at his last game against the Louisville Cardinals, they allowed 34 points on 522 total yards of offense (309 passing, 213 rushing).
They did well at forcing the punt team on the field, though, as the Cards went 4-of-12 on third down, but they need to limit the length of drives if the Demon Deacons want to win more comfortably.
Syracuse Orange Betting Preview: Tuck and Roll
The Syracuse Orange love to hand the ball off to freshman running back Sean Tucker this season as he has 107 rushing attempts for 638 yards (6.0 yards per carry) with seven touchdowns on the ground as he also added nine catches for 175 yards (19.4 yards per reception) and a receiving touchdown.
In his previous game against Florida State, he finished with 24 carries for 102 yards (4.3 yards per rush) without finding the end zone. If Tucker can figure out how to get 100+ rushing yards in this game, it will be hard to beat them.
The Syracuse Orange have been doing well on the defensive side of the field as they are giving up 20.8 points per game. They played against the Florida State Seminoles allowed 30 points on 389 total yards of offense (150 passing, 239 rushing).
Syracuse struggled to get stops on key downs as the Seminoles went 6-of-15 on third down while also converting on both fourth-down attempts. If the Orange can figure out how to force field goals instead of touchdowns, they will be in a better spot.
Demon Deacons vs. Orange Betting Odds & Lines
Wake Forest are coming into the game as a road favorite, priced at -235 to win, while Syracuse is a little bit of an underdog at +190 on the moneyline. MyBookie has the Wake Forest Demon Deacons a 5.5 points favorite.
Free Betting Pick
These defenses are similar this season, so looking at how the offenses are going to perform will be the difference here. Wake Forest is scoring 38.4 points per game this season, while Syracuse is scoring 30.4 points.
The Demon Deacons are defending the run decently well and should be able to limit Sean Tucker enough to be in a winning position.
The favorites have covered the spread in eight of the last nine games played against one another, so go with the Wake Forest Demon Deacons to cover the spread.
Spooky Express Free Pick: Wake Forest Demon Deacons -5.5 (-115)
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