Why Wake Forest Will Win The Birmingham Bowl
– The Demon Deacons aren’t consistent, but when the offense is on, it’s able to run wild, with five games with 250 rushing yards or more, and hitting the 200-yard passing mark in nine of the 12 games. When the O absolutely had to work to keep the season alive, it ripped up Duke for 340 yards on the ground with four passing scores. It threw just fine, too, with close to 300 yards and three touchdowns against NC State to spark hopes of a bowl game. And now it all gets to go off, because …
– The Memphis defense hasn’t been great against the good offenses. Missouri ran wild on the way to 65 points, and UCF tore off 350 yards and six rushing scores in the Conference USA Championship. The Tigers and Knights, like everyone else who tried, threw at will. The Wake Forest offense will go off.
– In what should be a shootout, the little things are going to matter – like penalties. Wake Forest was among the tightest in the ACC and best in the nation at not screwing up, getting flagged just four times for around 42 yards per game. On the flip side, Memphis was naughty, getting hit for 7.5 penalties for 63 yards every time out. For a Demon Deacon defense that has issues on third downs, it’ll take all the help it can get.