LINE: Wake Forest -18.5, o/u: 57.5
ATS PICK: Wake Forest
Wake Forest has to go on the road to face a Rice team that gave Army a whole host of problems in a 14-7 Knight win to kick off the season.
There’s a reasonable concern that the Owls might have found something defensively in Mike Bloomgren’s second season, and there’s a worry that the running game might be able to blast away on the squishy-soft Wake Forest defensive front.
It might have been a good fight by the Owls, but that also made it seven times in the last nine games that they failed to score more than 17 points. Last year they put up 24 on Wake Forest, and still lost by 32.
The Demon Deacons might have to travel, but they’re bringing an offense that Rice doesn’t have. It will take a little bit, but you’ll be fine by the fourth quarter.