The Virginia Cavaliers take on the Wake Forest Demon Deacons this weekend for an ACC tilt as both teams look to climb back to .500 on the season.
The Deacs offense has been great this season, outside of the Week 1 loss to Clemson. Over the last two games the Demon Deacons have scored an average of 54 points per game. However the defense has struggled on money downs, allowing opponents to convert on third down more than 50% of the time. They’re a run-first team behind Kenneth Walker III’s 255 yards and four touchdowns. RB Christian Beal has 198 yards and four touchdowns of his own. Quarterback Sam Hartman is doing enough in the passing game, not turning the ball over and tossing two touchdowns in the process.
The Cavaliers have been a bit of a mess. Quarterback Brennan Armstrong got benched in favor of Lindell Stone in their last game against NC State. Neither guy has blown the doors off a team, but Stone has been less susceptible to the big mistake in his limited action. Virginia’s defense has struggled as well, allowing opposing teams to run for more than four yards per carry and two touchdowns in their last two games, which could make life tough against a WF team who loves to run the ball.
Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming
You can watch this game Saturday, October 17th at 4:00 p.m. ET on the ACC Network, or you can stream it via the ESPN App with a cable or streaming login.
Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends
Point spread: Virginia (-1.5) at Wake Forest
Point Total: 57.5
Money line: Wake Forest (-121), Virginia (+100)
- Virginia is 5-2 ATS in their last seven
- The total has gone over in all of UVA’s last nine
- The total has gone over in four of Wake’s last six
- Wake is 6-1 ATS in their last seven home games
The Best Bet
The best bet here is to bet against the spread. UVA has had a tough time stopping anybody from putting up points and that Wake Forrest offense has been lighting up scoreboards recently. Add in a new starting QB for the road team, there’s an easy choice here.
Pick: Wake Forest (+1.5)
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