The Wake Forest Demon Deacons (8-4) head to New York this week to battle the Michigan State Spartans (6-6) in the 2019 Pinstripe Bowl. Kickoff is set for 3:20 PM EST on December 27th at Yankee Stadium and the game will be nationally televised on ESPN.
Taking a look at the full list of college bowl betting odds, Michigan State is currently listed as a 4-point favorite. The total for the game is sitting at 50 points. You can also click here to check out our 2019-20 bowl predictions page.
Pinstripe Bowl Vegas Odds Preview: Wake Forest vs Michigan State
Michigan State narrowly edged out Maryland their last time out, beating the Terrapins 19-16 to finish the regular season 6-6 overall and punch their ticket to a bowl game. The Spartans trailed 16-13 at the end of the third quarter but managed to pull off an impressive comeback down the stretch, scoring six unanswered points over the final 15 minutes of the game. QB Brian Lewerke certainly wasn’t at his best, throwing two interceptions and failing to find the end zone through the air. Lewerke did manage to score a touchdown on the ground while RB Elijah Collins rumbled for just 41 yards on a team-high 15 carries. As a whole, Michigan State only averaged 22 points and 361 total yards of offense per game during the regular season.
The Spartans were slightly above average on the other side of the ball this year, giving up well under 25 points and 325 total yards of offense per game. Michigan State was especially impressive defending against the run, limiting their opponents to an average of just 109 rushing yards per game on the ground.
Wake Forest lost three out of their final four games to close out the regular season, falling 39-30 in overtime against Syracuse their last time out to finish 8-4 overall. The Demon Deacons trailed 17-6 at the half and couldn’t quite find a way to pull off an impressive comeback despite outscoring the Orange 24-13 over the final two quarters of the game to force OT. QB Sam Hartman had an up and down outing, going 25/42 for 350 passing yards and two touchdowns but also get picked off twice as well. Donavon Greene absolutely torched the Syracuse secondary, exploding for 172 yards and a touchdown on seven catches. Overall, Wake Forest averaged 33 points and over 450 total yards of offense through their first twelve outings.
The Demon Deacons struggled defensively at times during the regular season, surrendering close to 30 points and 425 total yards of offense per game. Wake Forest was mediocre at best against the rush, coughing up nearly 175 yards per game on the ground.
2019 Pinstripe Bowl Free Betting Pick & Predictions: Wake Forest +4
I’m certainly more than happy to take the four points and roll with the underdog in the 2019 Pinstripe Bowl, as I think that the Demon Deacons could easily find a way to win this game outright. Not only did Wake Forest have the better record straight up during the regular season, they also were the superior team against the spread as well. Michigan State was really underwhelming on both sides of the ball this year, especially offensively where they struggled to find success all season long. They also went a horrific 3-9 against the spread through their first 12 games, which certainly doesn’t bode for them heading into a tough matchup against a more than capable Wake Forest squad.
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The Spartans didn’t have much success away from home this season either, failing to cover the number in four out of their last six games that were played in locations other than Spartan Stadium. Michigan State also went just 1-7 against the spread over their last eight games during the regular season and only have two wins since October. On the other side, the Demon Deacons are a very respectable 4-2 against the spread in their last six games against BIG 10 conference opponents. They have also gone 10-4 straight up over their last 14 games overall. I’ll scoop up the four points and take my chances with Wake Forest in this particular spot – give me the Deacons to cover the number in the 2019 Pinstripe Bowl!