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Stanford at Wake Forest Figures to be Close
Demon Deacons Favored by a Field Goal
Stanford heads East to take on Wake Forest this week in a game that has the Demon Deacons favored by a field goal at most offshore sportsbooks. The total on the game is 44.
Wake Forest tried hard in week one, but they were unable to prevent the
Baylor Bears from exacting revenge while losing 24-21. We here at
Bettorsworld.com successful predicted that Baylor would win that game. We will
try to come up with the winner in Wake Forestís game this week as well. Now Wake
Forest will seek to get their first win of the year against Stanford, a team
that registered an easy victory over Washington State in their first game. This
one will be important to both teams.
Stanford ran the ball, ran the ball, and then ran the ball some more against Washington State. They picked up 288 yards on the ground and 3 TDs. They also got another 193 yards and another TD in the air. Freshman QB Andrew Luck resembled his last name and made few mistakes. He was very effective overall and must do well against the Demon Deacons this week. Senior RB Toby Gerhart was the most effective runner, rushing for 121 yards and 2 TDs. He had a long run of 39 yards. We can expect to see a similar strategy against Wake Forest.
The Stanford Cardinals had a tough time playing on the road last year. Their lone win while traveling came against the lowly Washington Huskies. They lost to Notre Dame by a TD and were soundly defeated by conference rivals USC and California. This will be tough test for Stanford, because Wake Forest has been a solid team when playing at home in recent years. On the bright side, Stanford has a deep and experienced defense that hits hard and makes problems for the other team. The secondary had just seven interceptions last year and that could become a problem. Stanford ranked 81st in the nation with a turnover margin of -4 last year. Needless to say, weíd like to see them come up with more turnovers!
Riley Skinner did most of the work for Wake Forest against Baylor, but he certainly didnít look like the ACCís most accurate passer of all time with 3 INTs. He also had 143 yards and 2 TDs, but that hardly makes up for turning the ball over 3 times. Skinner canít afford to throw INTs like that in this game. He should be helped by Stanford relatively weak secondary. The running game was sour, picking up just 126 total yards. The defense didnít help matters by giving up 366 total yards, 197 of which came on the ground. Stanford will try to pound the ball just as Baylor did, and if they donít stop them it will be bad news for fans of the Demon Deacons. Junior WRs Jordan and Marshall Williams played OK, with each picking up 42 yards.
Regardless of how good/bad you think Riley Skinner did last week, he is still a strong and veteran leader of this team. It will be up to him to rally his teammates to play a great game. I expect to see the running game heat up with Josh Adams and Brandon Pendergrass after doing little to nothing in last weekís game. Iím a little worried about Wake Forestís linebackers. They lost all of their starters from last year at that position. They also have only one player back from last yearís secondary. The defense will have to come up with some big stops in this game and they will surely be put to the test.
Wake Forest will be looking to come out with a vengeance after losing at home in week one. Riley Skinner should be back to his normal touchdown throwing self. Stanford is a tough unit on the whole, but they have a bad track record playing on the road. It could be wise to purchase a half a point when betting this game as this one figures to come down to the wire. We'll side with Wake Forest -3 here but it's just a lean.
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