Wake Forest at Wisconsin 12/30/20: College Football free preview, analysis, prediction, odds and pick against the spread.
2020-12-30 12:00:00 EDT
The Wisconsin Badgers face off with the Wake Forest Demon Deacons Wednesday, December 30th in the Duke Mayo Bowl college football action from Bank of America Stadium.
Coming into this Duke’s Mayo Bowl matchup, Wake Forest is 4-4 overall. The Demon Deacons have lost consecutive games to North Carolina and Louisville in their last two outings. As for Wisconsin, they’re 3-3 this season. The Badgers had lost three straight before eking out an overtime win over Minnesota in their last appearance. Check back all season long for free college football picks at Sports Chat Place.
Wake Forest has had quite the up-and down season. After falling to Clemson and NC State to kick things off, the Deacons went on a four-game win streak over Campbell, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Syracuse. Since then it’s been losses 59-53 to North Carolina and 45-21 to Louisville, however.
In the loss to the Cardinals, Wake Forest QB Sam Hartman posted 224 yards, two touchdowns and a pick on 17-of-41 passing. Jaquarii Roberson led the receivers with nine grabs for 138 yards and a score, while Christian Beal-Smith logged 14 carries for 58 yards.
Over on the Wisconsin side, it’s been a mixed bag this year as well. The Badgers began with big wins over Illinois 45-7 and Michigan 49-11, but then lost three straight to Northwestern, Indiana and Iowa. Wisconsin was able to bang out a 20-17 overtime win over Minnesota in their last game.
In the victory over the Gophers, Wisconsin quarterback Graham Mertz managed 132 yards on 12-of-20 passing, with Jack Dunn catching seven balls for 76 yards and a score. Garret Groshek rushed for 154 yards and a TD on 24 carries to pace the offense.
The Deacons are 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall and 5-2 ATS in their last seven bowl games. Wake Forest is 5-2 ATS in the last seven neutral-site games and 1-4 ATS in their last five on grass.
Meanwhile, the Badgers are 4-1 ATS in their last five non-conference games and 4-1 ATS in the last five versus the ACC. Wisconsin is 2-5 ATS in their last seven after an ATS loss and 0-4 ATS in their last four games overall.
PICK: I’m going to stick with Wisconsin in this one. The Badgers are just .500 this season, but could have had a couple more wins if things had gone their way. Wisconsin fell by 10 to Northwestern and eight to Indiana as their offense stalled out with just 20 combined points in a three-game stretch. That’s a bit concerning on paper, but the Wisconsin offense has stretched its legs in better matchups: 94 combined points in the Illinois and Michigan games compared to 18 points allowed. The capable Wake Forest offense is going to be a big test for the Badgers, but I think they’re up to the challenge on a cover.