Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights 12/31/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights 12/31/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

 

The Wake Forest Demon Deacons (10-3) are on their way to battle against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (5-7) in the NCAA Football Gator Bowl competition at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville on Friday, December 31, 2021, at 11:00 PM ET.

 

Wake Forest will be participating in the Gator Bowl invitational match versus replacement team the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on Friday. The Demon Deacons will be representing the Atlantic Coast Conference in this Gator Bowl invitation after splitting their last six outings and losing their final match in the regular season.

 

Wake Forest took the lead at 7-1 in Atlantic Division in the ACC with a 10-3 overall standing on the year. The Demon Deacons trailed at 21-24 versus the Pittsburgh Panthers at halftime and failed to score in the second half to a 21-45 loss on December 4. QB Sam Hartman passed for 213 yards on 45.7% completion of his pass attempts and scored two touchdowns but intercepted 4 times in the loss.

 

QB Sam Hartman posted a total of 3,924 yards of 58.8% of his passes with 36 touchdowns and 14 interceptions while WRs Jaquarii Roberson and A.T. Perry recorded a combined 2,244 receiving yards with 22 touchdowns.

 

RB Christian Beal-Smith led the ground attack with 581 rushing yards and nailed 7 touchdowns this season. LB Ryan Smenda Jr. led Wake Forest’s defensive line with 77 total tackles while DL Luiji Vilain added 9 sacks in the loss.

 

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Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights Predictions 12/31/2021

 

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights will be replacing Texas A&M in the Gator Bowl facing Wake Forest on Friday after concluding their regular season’s tour with a 16-40 loss to the Maryland Terrapins. The Scarlet Knights split their last six road games in the regular season and will be representing the Big Ten Conference in the Gator Bowl with a 5-7 record in the regular season.

 

Rutgers dropped to 6th place at 2-7 in the East Division behind Maryland in the Big Ten Conference with an overall standing at 5-7 in the regular season.

 

The Scarlet Knights struggled in their offense after scoring only 2 points in the first quarter and scoreless in the second. Their defense allowed the Terrapins to advance with 20 points at halftime on the way to their 24-point defeat. Rutgers utilized four passers led by QB Evan Simon with 86 passing yards in the losing effort.

 

QB Noah Vedral recorded a total of 1,726 yards after completing 59.3% of his passes with 7 touchdowns and 6 interceptions while WRs Bo Melton and Shameen Jones marked a combined 947 receiving yards with 3 touchdowns.

 

RB Isaiah Pacheco led the running game with 647 rushing yards and nailed 5 touchdowns for the Scarlet Knights. LB Olakunle Fatukasi led Rutgers’ defensive line with 81 total tackles while LB Mohamed Toure added 3.0 sacks.             

  

Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights. The NCAAF Pick for this match-up is Wake Forest -14. The Scarlet Knights struggled in their regular season’s tour and they don’t have enough preparation with short notice to participate in Gator Bowl.

 

The Demon Deacons are in the top-15 passing attack and top-5 in scoring offense in NCAAF. The prediction: The Wake Forest Demon Deacons will win at 37-24.

 

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Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights 12/31/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

NCAAF Starting Time: 11:00 PM ET

 

Location: TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, FL

 

Date: Friday, December 31, 2021

 

TV: ESPN

 

NCAAF Odds/Point Spread: Wake Forest Demon Deacons -14     

 

NCAAF Totals: 61.5

 

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