That Wisconsin Badgers will win their second victory in a row when they meet Dare forest demon deacons in the Duke’s Mayo Bowl Wednesday afternoon. The Badgers closed out the regular season with a 20-17 win over Minnesota in a game they were favored to win by 10 points. The Demon Deacons come from a 45-21 defeat to Louisville as favorites with one point.
This is the first meeting between the two teams.
(Later line movements and injury reports were updated Tuesday night.)
The line has been moved in favor of the visiting team for this competition as the week has passed. Wisconsin opened as a 6.5-point favorite when the lines came out, and as of Tuesday night, it now stands as a 9.5 or 10-point favorite in most sports books for this competition. 61 percent of the stakes, ATS, support the Badgers, who give points as they look to win the Duke’s Mayo Bowl.
Overall, this competition has moved down somewhat during this week. After opening at 53 points, the sum is bumped up to 51 or 51.5 points depending on your chosen sportsbook. A narrow majority, 53 percent, of the effort on the total number expects this competition to end up falling outside the target.
Weather during playtime: The weather in Charlotte is expected to be quite favorable for this competition. At kickoff, the temperature is expected to be in the high 30s under cloudy skies. During the competition, mercury will climb into the low 40s, though there is an increasing chance of precipitation as the game continues. The chance of rain is 10 percent at kickoff, but it moves to an almost coin cut at 14:00 ET, so the other half may be a little soft. The winds for this competition are expected to be from east-northeast about five miles per hour with gusts peaking around seven miles per hour.
Wake Forest Hoping offense leads them to victory
The Demon Deacons finished with a .500 record after their last game of the regular season was canceled due to COVID-19 concerns. They were embarrassed
Wake Forest had one of the best offenses in the country with an average of 37 points per game. The team averaged 265.8 passing yards and 169.5 rushing yards per game.
Sam Hartman completed 58.9 percent of his passes to 1,906 yards, 10 touchdowns and one interception. Christian Beal-Smith led the team with 650 rushing yards, while Jaquarii Roberson led the team with 795 receiving yards and five touchdowns.
Demon Diakoner fought defensively and gave up 31.6 points per game. They gave up 45 points in their last match and need a significantly better performance if they are to win this game.
Wake Forest Injury Report:
OUT: RB Quinton Cooley, OL Terrance Davis, DB Nasir Greer
Questionable: WR Donavon Greene
Badgers who go to sixth bowl win in seven years
The Badgers have had great success in bowling games in recent years, but they got their five-game bowl-winning streak snatched by Oregon in the Rose Bowl last season. They will try to avoid another bowl loss as they try to pick up their fifth win after the season in seven years.
Wisconsin was not very good offensively in the regular season and averaged 22.3 points per game. The team averaged 187.2 passing yards and 171.7 rushing yards per game.
Graham Mertz completed 60.8 percent of his passes to 1,108 yards, eight touchdowns and five interceptions. Jalen Berger leads the team with 267 rushing yards and a touchdown, while Jake Ferguson led the team with 284 receiving yards and four touchdowns.
Wisconsin had one of the best defenses in the country, keeping opponents at 15.7 points per game. They gave up 17 points in their last match and need a similar effort if they want to win.
Wisconsin Injury Report:
OUT: QB Jack Coan, LB Izayah Green-May, RB Isaac Guerendo, DE Matt Henningsen, OL Kayden Lyles, DE James Thompson Jr.
Questionable: WR Stephan Bracey, WR Danny Davis III, CB Semar Melvin, QB Graham Mertz, WR Kendric Pryor, S Titus Toler, OL Cole Van Lanen, CB Rachad Wildgoose
- 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games.
- 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games after collecting less than 170 yards that passed in their previous game.
Wake Forest is:
- 5-1 ATS in their last 6 matches overall.
- 8-3 ATS in their last 11 matches played in December.