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VMI vs. No. 22 Wake Forest picks and best bets for Week 1

The Keydets and Demon Deacons meet in Winston-Salem. Here’s everything you need to know and a pick for the game.

Wake Forest quarterback Riley Skinner #11 scores a touchdown during the first quarter of play versus the Duke Blue Devils at BB&T Field on November 1, 2008 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The Demon Deacons defeated the Blue Devils 33-30 in overtime. Photo by Brian A. Westerholt/Getty Images

The No. 22 Wake Forest Demon Deacons will host the Virginia Military Institute Keydets on Thursday, September 1 at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Here’s all the data you’ll want, and a pick for the game!

SP+ Rankings

VMI: Unranked in SP+ (FCS)
Wake Forest: No. 47 overall, No. 10 offense, No. 93 defense

Injury update

Wake Forest

QB Sam Hartman - Out indefinitely (medical)


Against The Spread

VMI: 0-0 ATS
Wake Forest: 0-0 ATS


VMI: Over 0-0
Wake Forest: Over 0-0

Returning/Overall Talent from 247Sports

Wake Forest: No. 69 overall, No. 61 offense, No. 70 defense

Current lines at DraftKings Sportsbook

Spread: Wake Forest -32
Total: 68
Moneyline: N/A


84 degrees, 4 MPH wind, 0% chance of rain

The Pick

Wake Forest -32

This will be a good ease-in to a season without Sam Hartman for the time being for the Demon Deacons. After an unexpectedly strong 2021 campaign, they’ll need to figure out their identity with Hartman sidelined, and this should be an easy stamp in the win column. VMI just has too many holes with a veteran team on the other side.

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