The Wisconsin Badgers will be going for their second consecutive win when they face the Wake Forest Demon Deacons in the Duke's Mayo Bowl on Wednesday afternoon. The Badgers closed out the regular season with a 20-17 win over Minnesota in a game they were favored to win by 10 points. The Demon Deacons are coming off a 45-21 loss to Louisville as one-point favorites.
This is the first meeting between the two teams.
(Late line movements and injury reports were updated on Tuesday evening.)
The line has moved in favor of the visiting team for this contest as the week has gone on. Wisconsin opened as a 6.5-point favorite when the lines came out and, as of Tuesday evening, now stands as a 9.5 or 10-point favorite at the majority of sportsbooks for this contest. 61 percent of the bets ATS are backing the Badgers giving the points as they look to earn the victory in the Duke’s Mayo Bowl.
The total for this contest has moved down somewhat during this week. After opening at 53 points, the total has bumped up to 51 or 51.5 points, depending on your sportsbook of choice. A narrow majority, 53 percent, of the bets on the total are expecting this contest to end up falling short of the mark.
Game-time Weather: The weather in Charlotte is expected to be pretty favorable for this contest. At kickoff, the temperature is expected to be in the high-30s under cloudy skies. During the contest, the mercury will climb into the low-40s though there is an increasing chance of precipitation as the game goes on. The chance of rain is 10 percent at kickoff but that moves to a near coin flip by 2 pm ET, so the second half could be a bit soggy. Winds for this contest are expected to be from the east-northeast around five miles an hour with the wind gusts topping out around seven miles an hour.
Wake Forest Hoping Offense Carries Them to VictoryThe Demon Deacons finished with a .500 record after their last game of the regular season was canceled because of COVID-19 concerns. They were embarrassed by
Wake Forest had one of the best offenses in the nation, averaging 37 points per game. The team averaged 265.8 passing yards and 169.5 rushing yards per game.
Sam Hartman completed 58.9 percent of his passes for 1,906 yards, 10 touchdowns, and one interception. Christian Beal-Smith led the team with 650 rushing yards, while Jaquarii Roberson led the team with 795 receiving yards and five touchdowns.
The Demon Deacons struggled defensively, giving up 31.6 points per game. They gave up 45 points in their last game and will need a significantly better performance if they want to win this game.
Wake Forest Injury Report:
OUT: RB Quinton Cooley, OL Terrance Davis, DB Nasir Greer
Questionable: WR Donavon Greene
Badgers Going For Sixth Bowl Win In Seven YearsThe Badgers have had a lot of success in bowl games in recent years, but they had their five-game bowl winning streak snapped by Oregon in the Rose Bowl last season. They will try to avoid another bowl loss as they try to pick up their fifth postseason win in seven years.
Wisconsin wasn’t very good offensively during the regular season, averaging 22.3 points per game. The team averaged 187.2 passing yards and 171.7 rushing yards per game.
Graham Mertz completed 60.8 percent of his passes for 1,108 yards, eight touchdowns, and five interceptions. Jalen Berger leads the team with 267 rushing yards and one touchdown, while Jake Ferguson led the team with 284 receiving yards and four touchdowns.
Wisconsin had one of the best defenses in the nation, holding opponents to 15.7 points per game. They gave up 17 points in their last game and will need a similar effort if they want to get the win.
Wisconsin Injury Report:
OUT: QB Jack Coan, LB Izayah Green-May, RB Isaac Guerendo, DE Matt Henningsen, OL Kayden Lyles, DE James Thompson Jr.
Questionable: WR Stephan Bracey, WR Danny Davis III, CB Semar Melvin, QB Graham Mertz, WR Kendric Pryor, S Titus Toler, OL Cole Van Lanen, CB Rachad Wildgoose
- 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games.
- 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games after accumulating less than 170 yards passing in their previous game.
Wake Forest is:
- 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
- 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games played in December.