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Wake Forest Football Predictions

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Wake Forest finished up the 2012 campaign with a record of just 5-7. It marked the fourth consecutive season under veteran head coach Jim Grobe. The Demon Deacons had three chances to become bowl eligible down the stretch, but were outscored 130-27 by NC State, Notre Dame and Vanderbilt. It was a season that was doomed by injuries and suspensions.

Grobe has done an amazing job of exceeding expectations over his 12-years at Winston-Salom and there’s plenty of reason to believe the Demon Deacons will be improved in 2013. Wake Forest returns 15 starters and will be switching back to the option=based offensive attack. Some of Wake Forest’s best years under Grobe have come with the option as the focus.

The change in scheme won’t result in a switch at quarterback. Senior Tanner Price will remain the starter. Price has started 34 games in his career at Wake Forest. Some might wonder if he’s mobile enough to run an option attack, but he rushed for over 1,000 yards in high school and has been limited on the ground to avoid injury. Look for improved numbers from an offense that managed to score just 18.5 ppg in 2012.

Last Season
ACC (Atlantic)
Record
ATS Record
Over/Under
Points For
Points Against
4th
5-7
5-7-0
5-6
18.5
31.8
Key Numbers for 2013
Returning Starters
Returning to Offense
Returning to Defense
4 Year Recruiting Rank
Strength of Schedule
15
7
8
3.11
67th
74th
Head Coach Jim Grobe
Overall
ATS
Home
Home ATS
Road
Road ATS
105-108
104-99-5
61-44
50-48-2
40-62
49-50-3
Bowl Games
Bowl Games ATS
Off of a Bye
Off of a Bye ATS
Off of a Loss
Off of a Loss ATS
3-2
4-1
10-11
8-12-1
5-6
6-5
2013 Schedule
2013 Wake Forest Demon Deacons Schedule
Date Opponent
Spread (Est.)
Win Chance
8/29 Presbyterian
-33
1
9/6 @ Boston College
+3
0.44
9/14 ULM
-6
0.68
9/21 @ Army
-2.5
0.57
9/28 @ Clemson
+21
0.00
10/5 NC State
-3
0.56
10/19 Maryland
-3
0.56
10/26 @ Miami
+13
0.19
11/2 @ Syracuse
+1
0.50
11/9 Florida State
+18
0.00
11/23 Duke
-3
0.56
11/30 @ Vanderbilt
+12
0.20
Estimated Wins: 5.26

Whether or not the Demon Deacons are able to get to a bowl game, will likely depend on how they perform over the first month of the season.

They should have no problem getting past Presbyterian in the opener, but the next three will all be tough. Road games at Boston College and Army are both winnable, but the Eagles and Black Knights figure to be two of the most improved teams in the country.

The other key to Wake Forest getting back to the postseason will be taking care of business at home against NC State, Maryland and Duke. All three of those teams are capable of coming into BB&T Field and getting a win.

The Demon Deacons also figure to have a decent shot at getting a road win at Syracuse, as the Orange figure to be down a notch after the loss of their all-time leading passer Ryan Nassib.

Odds
Regular Season Win Total
ACC Championship Odds
National Championship Odds
5.5
80 to 1
1,500 to 1
Odds Courtesty of Bovada
Season Predictions

Wake Forest isn’t going to be a popular pick to finish in the top half of the ACC Atlantic, but I think this team is going to surprise once again under Grobe. They have plenty of experience coming back with 15 returning starters and should be more fortunate when it comes to the injury bug. I’m also a big fan of the switch to a more heavily based option offense, as teams in the ACC will have a difficult time preparing for the new look.

The biggest reason I think the Demon Deacons will improve is a very manageable schedule. They get the two teams who figure to be competing for the 3rd spot in NC State and Maryland both at home, and avoid three of the top four teams out of the Coastal Division. They also benefit from two very winnable road games against arguably the two worst teams in their division in Boston College and Syracuse.

As you might have guessed, I think Wake Forest is going to be a solid team to back against the spread. The public perception is never very high, which creates a lot of favorable lines. In each of the last four years that Wake Forest made a bowl game, they have a combined ATS record of 30-22.

2013 Projections
ACC (Atlantic)
ACC Record
Overall Record
Win Total Prediction
3rd
4-4
7-5
Over (5.5)
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