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Jared Birmingham Bowl
Saturday, Dec. 22 - Legion Field, Birmingham, Alabama
Wake Forest +143 over Memphis
12:00 PM EST. Memphis' first-ever consensus All-American has quit the team, three assistants have left for more prestigious jobs and the whole program is reeling from the 35-3 second-half beatdown at UCF in the American Athletic Conference championship game. It's hard to find good vibes anywhere around this program right now. Memphis is a favorite here largely on the strength of the mismatch between its third-ranked rush offense and Wake's 91st-ranked rush defense, but the Tigers are now without Darrell Henderson and the improving Deacs have allowed just 307 combined rushing yards on 2.8 yards per carry in their past three outings, all versus bowl teams.
We’re not going to get into a lot of the variables here. Everyone knows that Memphis hangs its hat on its ability to move the chains and put up points. There is a chance that they bring that part of their game with them here and if they do and wear out the Deacs, good for them. We’re banking on the Deacs being the more focused team by a wide margin and we’re banking on the Tigers continuing to spin out of control. Wake outright is the call.
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Wake Forest +143 (Risking 2 units - To Win: 2.86)