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Notre Dame Fighting IrishWake Forest Demon Deacons
Nov 5, 8:00 PM | Turf of BB&T Field

Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs Wake Forest Demon Deacons Odds

5-3TEAM RECORD5-3

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Wake Forest Demon Deacons will meet for the first time ever in football this Saturday.

Both teams are 5-3 SU and 4-4 ATS, but Notre Dame is 3-1 SU and ATS in their last four games while Wake Forest is 1-2 SU and 0-3 ATS in their last three. Jonas Gray picked up three rushing touchdowns in Notre Dame’s 59-14 blowout win over Navy last Saturday.

Supporters of the Fighting Irish have seen them go 5-3 and 4-4 ATS so far this season, while the Demon Deacons are at 5-3 and 4-4 ATS.

In totals betting, the Demon Deacons are 6-2, while the Fighting Irish are 3-4-1.

View Notre Dame vs Wake Forest Odds and Stats.

Betting Line: The Fighting Irish were listed as 13.5-point favorites on the opening NCAA football line at most sportsbooks tracked by OddsShark. No total was available early in the week.

Power Rankings / Prediction: According to the Power Rankings here at OddsShark it's the No. 80-rated Demon Deacons and the No. 37-rated Fighting Irish in this matchup. Predictive formulas point to a 40-30 win for the Fighting Irish on Saturday.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Wake Forest's No. 52-ranked offense (29.8 PPG) against a Fighting Irish defense that ranks No. 28 at 21.4 PPG. The Demon Deacons passing attack has averaged 275.6 yards per game, more than the Fighting Irish give up through the air (201.4 YPG on average).

Defensively, the Fighting Irish feature the league's No. 15-rated road run defense, allowing 100.3 yards per game. Wake Forest, meanwhile, ranks No. 110 in rushing offense at home.

Last time out for Notre Dame, they were a 56-14 winner as they battled Navy at home. Notre Dame covered in the match as a 23.5-point favorite, while 70 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

Last time out for Wake Forest, they were a 49-24 loser as they battled North Carolina on the road. Wake Forest failed to cover in the match as a 7-point underdog, while 73 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish Trends:
When playing in November are 4-6
When playing on turf are 6-4
After outgaining opponent are 7-3
When playing outside the conference are 7-3

Wake Forest Demon Deacons Trends:
When playing in November are 3-7
When playing on turf are 4-6
After being outgained are 2-8
When playing outside the conference are 5-5

A few Fighting Irish at Demon Deacons trends to consider:
Notre Dame is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Notre Dame is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Wake Forest's last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Wake Forest's last 8 games
Wake Forest is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
Wake Forest is 6-12 SU in its last 18 games

Next up:
Notre Dame home to Maryland, Saturday, November 12
Wake Forest at Clemson, Saturday, November 12

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