2017 Belk Bowl Betting Odds & Preview: Wake Forest vs. Texas A&M

2017 Belk Bowl Betting Odds & Preview: Wake Forest vs. Texas A&M

Written by Eric Williams on Wednesday,December 27, 2017 10:31, EDT

The Texas A&M Aggies will look to pull off the upset over the identical seven-win but Belk Bowl betting odds favorite Wake Forest Demon Deacons under an interim head coach when the two teams tangle on Friday, December 29 at Bank of America Stadium. Now, let’s find out which one of these teams is offering the best value based on the latest NCAAF lines.

Demon Deacons (7-5) vs. Aggies (7-5) 2017 Belk Bowl Betting Odds & Preview

  • When: Friday, December 29, 2017, 1:00 PM ET
  • Where: Bank of America Stadium
  • TV: ESPN
  • Radio: 105.7 FM (Wake Forest) / 1550 AM (Texas A&M)
  • Live Stream: Watch ESPN
  • Belk Bowl Betting Odds: Wake Forest Demon Deacons -3 (Over/Under at 66.5)

Weather Forecast

  • Partly Cloudy: 5°C/41°F
  • Humidity: 28%
  • Precipitation: 0%
  • Cloud Cover: 55%
  • Wind: 4 mph WSW
  • Stadium Type: Open

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Team Records

  • All: Wake Forest Demon Deacons 7-5 / Texas A&M Aggies 7-5
  • Home: Wake Forest Demon Deacons 4-2 / Texas A&M Aggies 5-3
  • Away: Wake Forest Demon Deacons 3-3 / Texas A&M Aggies 2-2
  • ATS: Wake Forest Demon Deacons 8-3-1 / Texas A&M Aggies 6-5-1
  • Over/Under: Wake Forest Demon Deacons 6-6 / Texas A&M Aggies 6-5

Why Bet the Wake Forest Demon Deacons?

Wake Forest had their modest two-game winning streak snapped in their regular season finale, losing to Duke 31-123 while failing to cover the spread as a 10.5-point home favorite. The Demon Deacons averaged an impressive 33.7 points per game (32nd) while allowing 26.3 points per game defensively (62nd).

“Now this year we did take another step,” Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson said, referring to the seven-win regular season. “The next (step) is a little more challenging.”

Quarterback John Wolford connected on 63.7 percent of his throws for 2,792 yards with 25 touchdowns and nine interceptions while running back Matt Colburn II rushed for a team-high 754 yards and wide receiver Greg Dortch caught 53 passes for a team-high 722 yards.

For Wake Forest, this is a coveted opportunity to play on a 90-minute drive from campus.

“You play in (this bowl), you’re going to play a good team,” Wolford said. “They’re a brand name. … A chance to get eight wins is huge.”

“The bowl game last year is something we’ll always remember and something we want to happen again,” Wake Forest center Ryan Anderson said.

Why Bet the Texas A&M Aggies?

The Texas A&M Aggies will be coached on an interim affair in this contest by Jeff Banks with new head coach Jimbo Fisher taking the program next season.

“Now this year we did take another step,” Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson said, referring to the seven-win regular season. “The next (step) is a little more challenging.”

Banks said Fisher has been an asset while also allowing the current staff to finish the task. “He has been very sensitive to us and very complimentary,” Banks said of the incoming coach.

The Aggies come in as the 2017 Belk Bowl Betting Odds underdog.

The Aggies offense averaged 31.1 points per game this season (43rd) while allowing 28.7 points per game defensively (82nd). Quarterback Kellen Mond completed just 51.5 percent of his throws for 1,375 yards with eight touchdowns and seven interceptions.

Quarterback Nick Starkel completed 57.0 percent of his passes for 1,294 yards with ten touchdowns and five interceptions and both will likely see action in the Belk Bowl, wide receiver Christian Kirk caught a team-high 58 passes for 730 yards and seven TDs while running back Trayvon Williams leading the ground game with 733 yards and seven scores.

“I haven’t won a bowl game since I’ve been at A&M,” Kirk, a likely first-round NFL pick said recently. “That’s something I definitely want to do. It sucks losing bowl games — it’s a terrible feeling.”

Latest Belk Bowl Betting Trends

  • Wake Forest is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Wake Forest is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Wake Forest’s last 6 games
  • Texas A&M is 6-14-1 ATS in its last 21 games
  • Texas A&M is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Texas A&M’s last 7 games

Expert Analysis and Prediction

A convincing 60 percent of public bettors like Texas A&M to get the ATS cover in this contest, but I don’t!

Wake Forest has gone 7-0-1 ATS in their last eight games following an ATS loss, an unblemished 4-0 ATS in their last 4 neutral site games, a perfect 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games in the month of December and equally pristine 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Bowl games.

Texas A&M is 0-5 ATS in their last five games against teams from the ACC, 3-8 ATS in their last 11 bowl games and 2-6 ATS in their last eight games in the month of December. More importantly, I think Texas A&M is just looking to get this game over with before starting their ‘new’ program under Jimbo Fisher next season. Wake Forest wins outright to cover the chalk!

Pick: Wake Forest Demon Deacons -2.5