Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs. Stanford Cardinal Preview and Picks
Wake Forest Demon Deacons
(2-0, 1-1 ATS)
(2-0, 1-1 ATS)
The Stanford Cardinal came across the country last year to take on a very senior laden Wake Forest Demon Deacons squad. On Saturday night in the final game of the day, these two teams will duke it out once again in a significantly different feeling NCAA football betting battle.
Wake Forest is probably the weakest 2-0 team from a power conference in the country right now. The Deacs have really faced nothing in terms of opposition, though the Duke Blue Devils are an improved squad from years past. QB Ted Stachitas isn’t exactly know as a fantastic passer, and his bum finger might keep him out of action. Still, Stachitas leads this team in rushing as well at 153 yards and two scores, and if he is out of the lineup, tthe threat of a mobile quarterback just isn’t the same. RB Josh Harris is the best running back of the bunch in Winston Salem, as he has carried the ball 18 times for 124 yards and two TDs on the year. Eight players have carried the ball at least eight times in just two games for Wake Forest, but again, this isn’t the type of opposition that allows your ‘C’ team to get a ton of reps. Head coach Jim Grobe knows that this is one heck of a challenge and that the NCAA football odds are stacked against his team.
This isn’t a game that the Cardinal can afford to fall asleep in. With upcoming games against Notre Dame, Oregon, and USC, Stanford knows that this is the last time that it will be favored in all likelihood until the end of October. The only bad news for head coach Jim Harbaugh is that the offense just hasn’t found a dominating rusher to replace Toby Gerhart. The good news is that the unit has still found a way to average 212.0 yards per game in spite of the fact that there isn’t a 100 yard rusher in the bunch. As always, we are going to be keeping a close eye on QB Andrew Luck, who could be a Heisman threat if he can put up solid numbers over the next four weeks. Luck has thrown six TD passes without an INT this year and has completed 28-of-47 passes for 467 yards. The Cardinal played nearly spotless defense last week in a 35-0 whitewashing of the UCLA Bruins, which improved their defensive marks to 200.0 yards per game (No. 7 in the nation) and 8.5 points per game (No. 11).
Simply put, it’s payback time. The Cardinal know that last year’s loss to Wake Forest was one of the only blunders on the season that they are still kicking themselves for, and that is a loss that can be avenged on Saturday night. Wake Forest is a shell of its old self without names like QB Riley Skinner there to take control late in a game. The Deacs are overmatched and should be avoided at all costs on Saturday.
Selection: Stanford Cardinal -17.5
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