Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs. Army Black Knights - 10/29/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Army Black Knights (4-3) at Wake Forest Demon Deacons (5-2)
College Football: Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 3:30 pm (BB&T Field)
The Line: Wake Forest Demon Deacons -8 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ACCN, CHSS
We’ve got a nice-looking matchup ahead of us on Saturday, October 29 from BB&T Field in Winston-Salem as the Army Black Knights visit the Wake Forest Demon Deacons in Week 9 college football activity.
Army is entering play here with a 4-3 record on the season, following a 35-18 loss to North Texas in their most recent outing. In that game, Black Knights QB Ahmad Bradshaw had a horrible day with a 7-for-21 line for 94 yards and four interceptions, but he did lead Army in rushing with 90 yards and a TD on 24 carries. Dalton Mendenhall led the Knights in receiving with one catch for 39 yards.
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So far this year, Bradshaw is 22-of-54 for 329 yards, one TD and five picks for Army, while Andy Davidson has bagged 113 carries for 615 yards and seven touchdowns to lead the rush. Christian Poe is the Black Knights’ leading receiver so far with nine catches for 124 yards.
Over on the Wake Forest side, they’re coming into this game with a respectable 5-2 record, but lost their most recent game 17-6 to Florida State. In that game, Demon Deacons QB John Wolford wasn’t very good with a 16-of-34 line for 184 yards and two interceptions, while Cade Carney led a tepid running game with 10 carries for 33 yards. Cortez Lewis was about the only Wake Forest player with a decent line, with six catches for 109 yards in all.
On the season thus far, Wolford is 95-of-172 for 1010 yards and a 3:4 TD:INT ratio for Wake Forest, and Matt Coburn leads the team with 90 carries for 377 yards and a TD on the ground. Lewis hasn’t found the end zone yet this year, but is tops in the Demon Deacons’ receiving corps with 21 catches for 276 yards.
Army is 8-23-1 ATS in their last 32 road games, and 2-6 ATS in their last eight games following a straight-up loss. Army is also 2-6-1 ATS in their last nine games on field turf, and 7-22 ATS in their last 29 games following a bye week.
Meanwhile, Wake Forest is 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a straight-up loss, and 6-2 ATS in their last eight versus independents. Wake Forest is also 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games following a bye week, and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 home games versus a team with a winning road record.
Frankly, both of these offenses are pretty atrocious. Army is 1-3 in their last three games, and has scored 20 points or fewer three times in that span. On the other side, Wake Forest is 1-2 in their last three games, scoring a combined 22 points in their two losses. I don’t think we’ll see much in the way of passing from either side here, so it’s going to come down to who has the better running attack in a low-scoring game. With those criteria in effect, I’ll take Wake Forest to get a victory here.