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Memphis vs. Wake Forest - 12/22/18 - Birmingham Bowl College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Memphis Tigers (8-5) at Wake Forest Demon Deacons (6-6)
Date & Time Saturday December 22, 2018, 12:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Wake Forest Demon Deacons +4 -- Over/Under: 73
TV Channel
ESPN
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The Memphis Tigers take the field with the Wake Forest Demon Deacons in the Birmingham Bowl.

The Memphis Tigers closed the regular season with five consecutive victories before blowing a big lead in a 56-41 loss to Central Florida in the CUSA title game. Memphis possessed a big time offense with 543 yards and 43.6 points with the third ranked rushing attack producing 285 yards. 

The Tigers defense gave up 420 yards and 31.5 points and struggled the against the pass with 251 yards allowed.

Brady White paced a very productive Tigers passing game completing 63.3% of his throws for 3,125 yards with 25 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Damonte Coxie was the top gun in the Memphis receiving corps with 66 receptions for 1,104 yards for an explosive 16.7 yard average while Tony Pollard totaled 39 catches for 458 yards.

The Tigers were explosive on the ground with Darrell Henderson amassing 1,909 yards on 214 totes and 22 TD’s and an 8.9 yard average followed by Patrick Taylor Jr. with 1,012 yards and 15 scores on 178 carries.

The Wake Forest Demon Deacons won back to back games once this season with a mix of good and not so good performances. Wake Forest did some damage offensively with 445 yards and 32.5 points with the top 25 ground game averaging 218 yards. 

The Demon Deacons defense needed a lot of help with 464 yards and 33 points given up with this unit ranking in the bottom quarter in most categories. 

Wake quarterback Sam Hartman connected on 55.3% of his throws for 1,984 yards with 16 TD’s and eight picks while Jamie Newman threw for another 755 yards. Greg Dortch was the Demon Deacons primary receiver with 1,078 yards on 89 receptions with Sage Surratt and Alex Bachman combining for 938 yards on 69 catches. 

Wake Forest received 954 rushing yards on 176 touches from Cade Carney with Matt Colburn totaling 739 yards on 145 attempts.

Memphis Tigers are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games in December and over is 4-0 in Memphis Tigers last 4 games after allowing more than 280 yards passing in their previous game and over is 10-1 in Memphis Tigers last 11 games after accumulating more than 450 total yards in their previous game. 

I don’t see either team getting a whole lot of stops and I like the over despite the big total…

Pick:
over 73

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