Wake Forest vs. Duke fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, November 24
Game Time: 12:30 ET
Venue: Wallace Wade Stadium, Durham, NC
Network: ACC Network
Wake Forest (5-6) vs. Duke (7-4) Game Preview
One Reason Why Wake Forest Will Win
The only way this works is if Jamie Newman goes off.
The sophomore was brilliant against NC State – throwing for close to 300 yards with three touchdowns – but struggles against Pitt as the team tried everything to stay in the game. Newman is enough of a bomber to hit Duke for over 200 yards, and he can’t be worried about mistakes.
The Blue Devils don’t force them.
The Duke secondary is hardly bad. It’s tough, it can tackle, and it doesn’t give up a slew of big plays. However, it also doesn’t come up with turnovers, with no interceptions in the last eight games.
With the season on the line, this is where Wake Forest will let it rip.
One Reason Why Duke Will Win
Duke’s offense hasn’t been all that consistent, but that’s partly because it’s gone against Miami and Clemson over the last few weeks. Against mediocre defenses, it’s going off without much of an issue.
The Demon Deacons have a mediocre defense – to be nice.
Wake Forest is great at not making little mistakes and doesn’t get flagged too much.
Duke gets flagged less.
Duke has massive issues on time of possession and controlling games. Wake Forest is dead last in the ACC and 119th in the nation, holding the ball for just over 27 minutes.
The Demon Deacons can’t handle anyone’s passing game and has the worst defense in the conference, getting ripped apart for well over 300 yards in four of the last five games. This is where Daniel Jones should go off, with at least 250 yards and three touchdowns without breathing too hard.
What’s Going To Happen
Wake Forest will play with a sense of urgency as it pushes for a sixth win and bowl eligibility. The defense won’t come up with anything big, but it’ll be great in the firefight, and the team will win the turnover margin.
The Blue Devils don’t take the ball away – with no forced turnovers in four of the last five games – and Wake Forest has to be a +1, at least. It will be.
Both teams will trade big punches with lots and lots of fun plays, and the Demon Deacons will come through with well over 400 yards of total offense in the win they have to get.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Wake Forest 31, Duke 30
Line: Duke -11.5, o/u: 58.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3
Must See Rating: 3
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