The Belk Bowl features a couple of exciting teams, as the Wake Forest Demon Deacons and Texas A&M Aggies square off on Friday. Can you guess who is probably going to be more excited to be here? It isn’t a trick question. If you selected Wake Forest I would have to agree. Nevertheless, Texas A&M are more than excited about the future. In a wild move, Jimbo Fisher dropped everything at Florida State and departed for Texas A&M on a contract that will make him a few bucks. No one liked the news in Tallahassee, but there is a newfound sense of confidence on the campus of Texas A&M now. The Belk Bowl is just a prelude for things to come at Texas A&M.
Johnny Manziel put the Aggies back on the map, and since he left, they’ve been trying to find that element of excitement again. Kevin Sumlin rode on the back of Manziel, and got as much as he could out of that era. With no savior at quarterback this time around, Sumlin was shown the door. Jimbo is a significantly better recruiter than Sumlin. It’s going to be interesting to see who he brings in. He has a tough task at hand, as he competes with heavyweights in the SEC for top players. It won’t be as easy as he had it in the ACC. Jimbo didn’t have to worry about Nick Saban.
For Wake Forest, they will be looking for their second consecutive bowl win. Last year they took a 34-26 win against Temple in the Military Bowl. They have a tougher opponent this season, as they look to seek to get some recognition against the Aggies. You think we’d expect a harder effort out of Wake Forest in this spot, but we’ll see how it goes. The Demon Deacons’ offense came on hard in 2017, but their defense left a lot to be desired. Quarterback John Wolford dished out 25 touchdowns and 6 interceptions in his senior year. It surpassed his three years by a long shot, as he showed massive forward steps. The defense unfortunately didn’t help him out much, though. Head below for our free Wake Forest vs. Texas A&M in the Belk Bowl on Friday afternoon.
Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs. Texas A&M Aggies Betting Odds:
Wake Forest -3(-110)
vs. Texas A&M +3(-110)
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Wake Forest vs. Texas A&M Pick:
Wake Forest have really been clueless at quarterback over the last several years. Wolford has done a fine job giving the Demon Deacons a good option under center. He has had games where he’s gone off. Notably, against Syracuse and Louisville. Wolford connected for 363 yards and 3 touchdowns against the Orange, and 461 yards and 5 touchdowns on the Cardinals. Wolford is a dual-threat quarterback, and has also gashed teams on the ground. He’s rushed for 615 yards and 10 touchdowns. Wolford is a tricky guy to game plan for and defend.
If only he had a defense to help him out. Wake Forest allowed an average of 36.5 points per game over their last four games of the regular season. Most capable offenses have gashed them for big yardage. They’re 107th in the nation, allowing 444 yards per game. They haven’t been good against the pass or run. Conversely, their offense has been well balanced on the ground and air. They are 44th rushing the football, with 184.2 yards per game, and 35th through the air with 266.6 passing yards per game.
The A&M offense seen their share of ups and downs. It was a bit of a rollercoaster for them, as they were all over the place. They did face a tough schedule, though, having to deal with Alabama, Auburn, and Florida. The bad defenses the played, the Aggies did move the ball effectively, scoring 44 on UCLA, 45 on UL-Lafayette, 50 on Arkansas, and 55 on New Mexico. As we already noted, it hasn’t been pretty for the Wake Forest defense. Nick Starkel shouldn’t have issues moving the ball on the Demon Deacons. This should be a fun matchup, with some points put up on the scoreboard. I would take a look at the OVER in the Belk Bowl.
PICK: OVER 65.5 (-110)