Wake Forest Betting Odds Preview
Although it almost seems like a dream now Wake Forest experienced a moment in the sun seven years ago, winning the ACC championship for the first time in almost 40 years and playing in the Orange Bowl. Since then the Demon Deacons have struggled a bit, now with four losing seasons in a row. But with most of the team back for this season Wake stands a decent chance of snapping that streak and returning to a bowl.
The Deacons only had 11 starters back last season from a team that went 5-3 in the ACC in 2011, so expectations were not exactly high. But Wake actually got within one touchdown of becoming bowl-eligible. The Deacons opened 3-1, with a win over North Carolina, and a few weeks later, after downing Virginia and Boston College, Wake Forest sat at 5-4. But depleted by injuries (and some suspensions) Wake lost its last three games to NC State, Notre Dame, and Vandy by a combined score of 130-27, missing a bowl.
The Deacs lost to Duke by seven points and to Maryland by five, so that bowl bid, as it turns out, was just one score, or one stop, or a couple field goals from becoming reality. Wake ended up 5-7 overall, 3-5 in ACC play, and 5-7 ATS, despite a +9 turnover margin. This year the Deacons return 15 starters, including third-year starting QB Tanner Price, leading receiver Michael Campanaro, last year's top two rushers, three along the offensive line, three more along the defensive line, and five of the defensive back seven. The last two times Wake had this many starters back they went a combined 12-5 in ACC play and went to two bowls.
This year's schedule calls for tough road games at Clemson, Miami, and Vandy, winnable road games at BC, Army, and Syracuse, a tough home date with Florida State, but winnable home games against, among others, NC State, Maryland, and Duke. And the Deacons miss three of the contenders from the Coastal Division, Virginia Tech, Miami, and Georgia Tech. Wake could conceivably be favored in a half-dozen games this year.
ACC Championship Odds at 5Dimes as of July 30
Florida State +240
Virginia Tech +775
North Carolina +850
Georgia Tech +1050
NC State +7000
Boston College +8500
Wake Forest +15000