Virginia vs Wake Forest odds, strains and finest bets
Virginia quarterback Brennan Armstrong (5) appears to fit against North Carolina in the first half of an NCAA college football game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday, September 18, 2021. (AP Photo / Gerry Broome)
- Wake Forest (3-0) visits Virginia (2-1) Friday night at 7:00 p.m. EST on ESPN2
- Cavaliers QB Brennan Armstrong ranks second in college football this season with 1,298 passing yards
- Check out the odds, predictions and the best bet in the conference game below
Get ready for fireworks under the lights on Friday night in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Virginia is 4.5 points ahead of the undefeated Wake Forest in what is definitely the most entertaining game of the night. Not only does this all-important ACC match give you the chance to watch high quality soccer, it is also a great betting opportunity.
Wake Forest vs Virginia odds
|Raise Forest Demon Deacons||+4.5 (-110)||+158||O 68.5 (-110)|
|Virginia Cavaliers||-4.5 (-110)||-196||U 68.5 (-110)|
September 22nd odds at FanDuel
Wake Forest won last year's game 40:23, but those odds expect a very different outcome. Not only are the Demon Deacons underdog, but the total number is much higher too. Let's take an in-depth look at both programs in order to get the best bet on the board.
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Wake Forest with a big win over FSU
Wake Forest, who beat up FSU with three touchdowns, was undoubtedly an impressive feat. However, it's important to get a bird's eye view of the gain in order to get the right context. The Seminoles are now 0-3 and have actually come into play with five points underdog. The result seems more like evidence of how far the state of Florida has fallen as opposed to how big Wake Forest could be.
The Demon Deacons hold a 3-0 record, but those wins came over the staggering FSU, Old Dominion and Norfolk State. While Virginia won't be battling for an ACC title anytime soon, they are one step ahead of these other teams.
3️⃣-0️⃣ # GoDeacs pic.twitter.com/r20X5YVeg9
– Wake Forest Football (@WakeFB) September 18, 2021
To compete in this, Wake Forest will rely on a trio of stars who placed them in 29th place with 39.3 points per game. Quarterback Sam Hartman is a game manager, but a really good one.
He has six touchdowns and only one interception in the season and is named after his favorite A.T. Looking for. Perry often. The Demon Deacons will also rely on Christian Beal-Smith, who already has 229 yards and four touchdowns this year. Beal-Smith would be used to lengthen the rides and give the defense a break against the soaring cavaliers.
Dynamic duo lead Virginia Offense
Virginia lost their first loss of the season, a 59-39 loss to North Carolina. The offense was incredible, the defensive wasn't. It's a theme that is likely to last all year round. The Cavaliers rank second in the passing game, seventh in total yards and 19th in total points. On the defensive side, it's hard to come up with a stat where they crack the top 100 in college football.
The offense is based on quarterback Brennan Armstrong and the vertical threat Dontayvion Wicks. Armstrong is the second best in college football with 1,298 passing yards in just three games this year. His favorite target, Wicks, is 346 yards and three touchdowns, but it's the underlying stats that are most impressive. He averages 24.7 yards per receptions, which is the second best among players with at least 10 catches. Two of Virginia's three opponents were Power Five teams, so the gaudy stats are worth a little more than what Wake Forest has gathered so far.
Wide receivers Dontayvion Wicks and Josh Downs. pic.twitter.com/5nu22CuDCz
– theScore (@theScore) September 19, 2021
One negative point to keep in mind, the Cavaliers have next to no running attack. You still don't have a 100 yard rusher. That's not a single game stat, they haven't had anyone on the 100-yard list all season.
The fun choice is the right one
Who doesn't like to put an over? Cheering on the offense is always fun and in this case it is definitely the smart game. Both offenses are among the top 30 in terms of points scored and should retract them in this case. Virginia's refusal to play the ball results in big games or a stopwatch, both big wins for anyone with the over.
The choice: over 68.5 (-110)
Ryan has been with TSN for over eleven years and is now the lead writer and content producer for That's Hockey. Over the years, he has launched and hosted TSN's first NCAAF podcast, The College Football Show, and has been featured on TSN 1050, Sportscentre and That's Hockey 2Nite.
Ryan has been with TSN for over eleven years and is now the lead writer and content producer for That's Hockey. Over the years, he has launched and hosted TSN's first NCAAF podcast, The College Football Show, and has been featured on TSN 1050, Sportscentre, and That's Hockey 2Nite.