Wake Forest vs. Memphis - Birmingham Bowl - 12/22/18 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Memphis Tigers (8-5) at Wake Forest Demon Deacons (6-6)
College Football: Saturday, December 22, 2018 at 12:00 pm (Legion Field)
The Line: Wake Forest Demon Deacons +2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Memphis Tigers and Wake Forest Demon Deacons meet Saturday in the college football Birmingham Bowl at Legion Field.
The Memphis Tigers have lost five of their last eight games and hope to win their first bowl game since the 2014 season. The Memphis Tigers have lost four of their last six non-home games. Brady White is completing 63.3 percent of his passes for 3,125 yards, 25 touchdowns and eight interceptions. White has two or more touchdown passes in seven of his last 11 games. Damonte Coxie and Tony Pollard have combined for 1,562 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns while Joey Magnifico has 19 receptions. The Memphis Tigers ground game is averaging 285.5 yards per contest, and Darrell Henderson leads the way with 1,909 yards and 20 touchdowns. Defensively, Memphis is allowing 31.5 points and 420.4 yards per game. Curtis Akins leads the Memphis Tigers with 91 tackles, Bryce Huff has 9.5 sacks and Tito Windham has two interceptions.
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The Wake Forest Demon Deacons look for their third straight bowl victory and hope to avoid their first losing season since 2014. The Wake Forest Demon Deacons have won three straight non-home games. Sam Hartman is completing 55.3 percent of his passes for 1,984 yards, 16 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Hartman and Jamie Newman have combined for 24 touchdown passes and 11 interceptions this season. Greg Dortch and Sage Surratt have combined for 1,646 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns while Alex Bachman has 30 receptions. The Wake Forest Demon Deacons ground game is averaging 214.7 yards per contest, and Cade Carney leads the way with 954 yards and eight touchdowns. Defensively, Wake Forest is allowing 33.3 points and 465.3 yards per game. Justin Strnad leads the Wake Forest Demon Deacons with 94 tackles, Willie Yarbary has 4.5 sacks and Luke Masterson has one interception.
The Tigers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 neutral site games, 3-7 ATS in their last 10 non-conference games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Demon Deacons are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 bowl games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games overall. The over is 5-1 in Tigers last 6 games overall.
The Memphis Tigers are coming off a tough loss to UCF for the AAC title in which they controlled most of the game, but they've scored 41 or more points in four of their last five games. The Wake Forest Demon Deacons are coming off their best showing of the season, a 59-7 road win over Duke, and they've topped 50 points in four of their last five wins. The Memphis Tigers have covered each of their last five games when favored of at least two points. The Wake Forest Demon Deacons have failed to cover six of their last nine games when an underdog of at least two points. Memphis has been the more consistent team this season and Darrell Henderson, one of the top backs in the country, will be going up against a Wake Forest defense that's 91st in rushing yards allowed. Memphis should be able to get the job done here.