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Fighting Irish Demon Deacons Betting Preview for Week 12

Wake Forest Demon DeaconsNotre Dame Fighting Irish
Nov 17, 3:30 PM | Grass of Notre Dame Stadium

Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish Odds


Now 10-0 Notre Dame looks to stay perfect when it hosts 5-5 Wake Forest Saturday afternoon at South Bend (3:30 pm ET, NBC).

The Irish, No. 3 in the latest BCS standings, were early 24-point favorites over the Demon Deacons, who only lost to Notre Dame last year by a touchdown.

View Wake Forest vs Notre Dame Odds and Stats.

Betting Line: Bettors going with the Fighting Irish in this game found them listed as 22-point favorites on the betting line at Sportsbook.ag earlier in the week.

Power Rankings / Prediction: According to the Power Rankings here at OddsShark it's the No. 3-rated Fighting Irish and the No. 115-rated Demon Deacons in this matchup. Predictive formulas point to a 37-13 win for the Fighting Irish on Saturday.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Notre Dame's No. 79-ranked offense, averaging 26.1 PPG, against a Demon Deacons defense that ranks No. 72 this week at 28.9 PPG. The Fighting Irish aerial game is averaging 204.6 yards per game, less than the Demon Deacons secondary allows through the air, 260.9 YPG per game.

Defensively, the Demon Deacons feature the league's No. 60-rated road run defense, allowing 164 yards per game. Notre Dame, meanwhile, ranks No. 40 in rushing offense at home.

In their last action, Wake Forest was a 37-6 loser on the road against North Carolina State. They failed to cover the 9.5-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (43) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Wake Forest didn’t make much of a game of it last time out, losing to the Wolfpack as North Carolina State blasted them 37-6 in Week 11 action.

Last time out for Notre Dame, they were a 21-6 winner as they battled Boston College on the road. Notre Dame failed to cover in the match as a 20-point favorite, while 27 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Theo Riddick ran through the Boston College defense for 104 yards in Notre Dame's last game, handing the Eagles a 21-6 setback on Saturday at Alumni Stadium.

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

Notre Dame Fighting Irish Trends:
When playing in November are 8-2
When playing on grass are 9-1
After outgaining opponent are 9-1
When playing outside the conference are 8-2

A few Demon Deacons at Fighting Irish trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Wake Forest's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Wake Forest's last 6 games on the road
Wake Forest is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
Wake Forest is 8-15-1 ATS in its last 24 games on the road
Notre Dame is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Notre Dame is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Notre Dame's last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Notre Dame's last 7 games at home

Next up:
Wake Forest home to Vanderbilt, Saturday, November 24
Notre Dame at Southern Cal, Saturday, November 24