Memphis vs Wake Forest 2018 Birmingham Bowl Lines & Pick

Written by on December 18, 2018

The Memphis Tigers and Wake Forest Demon Deacons will both be looking to close out their respective 2018 campaigns in style when they meet in the 2018 Birmingham Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 22 at Legion Field. If you’re looking for some expert bowl game picks, then let’s get to it.

Memphis vs Wake Forest 2018 Birmingham Bowl Lines & Pick

Weather Forecast

  • Clear: 9°C/49°F
  • Humidity: 56%
  • Precipitation: 0%
  • Wind: 7 mph W
  • Cloud Cover: 4%
  • Type of Stadium: Open

Why Bet On Memphis at -3.5?

Why should you consider betting on Memphis in this contest? Well, there’s the fact that the Tigers have the better offense in this matchup by far and one of the best offenses in the nation. Then, there’s the fact that Memphis is also the slightly better team defensively as well. Then, there’s the fact that Memphis has plenty of motivation after seeing their four-game winning streak snapped in their 56-41 loss against Central Florida in the AAC Championship game on Dec. 1. The Tigers average 43.6 points per game (7th) while allowing 31.5 points per contest defensively (93rd).

Team Statistics

Offense:
  • Average Score For: 43.62
  • Total Yards:
  • Pass Yards: 248.77
  • Rush Yards: 285.54
Defense:
  • Average Score Against: 31.54
  • Total Yards:
  • Pass Yards: 250.85
  • Rush Yards: 169.54

Why Bet On Wake Forest at +3.5?

Why should you consider betting on Wake Forest in this bowl game showdown? Outside of the fact that they play in a better conference against tougher competition, there’s only one good reason in my opinion and that’s the fact that Memphis has lost four of their last six non-home games. Wake closed out their regular season with an emphatic 59-7 drubbing of Duke on Nov. 24, but the Demon Deacons were consistently inconsistent in alternating SU wins and losses over their final six games while going 3-4 over their final seven. Wake Forest averages a healthy 32.5 points per game (39th) but gives up 33.2 points per contest defensively (102nd).

Team Statistics

Offense:
  • Average Score For: 32.50
  • Total Yards: 444.50
  • Pass Yards: 228.42
  • Rush Yards: 216.08
Defense:
  • Average Score Against: 33.25
  • Total Yards: 465.34
  • Pass Yards: 274.17
  • Rush Yards: 191.17

2018 Birmingham Bowl Betting Trends

  • Memphis is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Memphis is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Memphis’s last 6 games
  • Wake Forest is 4-10 ATS in its last 14 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Wake Forest’s last 6 games

Expert Analysis and Prediction

The Memphis Tigers are looking for their first bowl game win since 2014, but I believe they’ll get it and get it emphatically. Tigers quarterback Brady White has been rock-solid this season in completing 63.3 percent of his passes for 3,125 yards with 25 touchdowns and eight interceptions and he’s by far, much better than wake’s Sam Hartman, who, it should be noted, is a freshman, prone to making freshman mistakes.

Memphis has gone 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following a straight up loss while Wake Forest has gone 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up win, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following an ATS win and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games. I wouldn’t think twice about it college football bettors. The Memphis Tigers will win this contest and win it by double digits to easily cover the chalk!

Pick: Memphis 42 Wake Forest 31
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