Wake Forest Demon Deacons Vs. Army Black Knights 9/22/12 Ryanâs Free College Football Pick Against the Spread
The Army Black Knights lost a tough game at home to Northern Illinois, 41-40, on Saturday. Army controlled the clock and gained 494 total yards against the Huskies. Armyâs offense only had 8 yards passing on the day, as they earned 30 1st downs on the ground and converted 9 out of 17 3rd down conversions. Armyâs RB Raymond Maples and RB Larry Dixon both went over 100 yards rushing and combined for four touchdowns in the game. Dixonâs three touchdown performance and 28 rush attempts were career highs for the sophomore. The game also marked Dixonâs first career 100-yard rushing game. Through the first two games of the season, Dixon is Armyâs second leading rusher with 170 yards and leads the team with three rushing scores. The Black Knights defense allowed 515 total yards, 342 through the air and 173 on the ground. The Huskies were able to convert 8 of 9 times on 3rd down, but coughed the ball up three times. This is the fifth straight home opening defeat for Army as the Huskies made their first visit to Michie Stadium in 20 years. Army will go for its first win of the season on Saturday when it travels to Wake Forest.
Wake Forest was not only shut out by the Florida State Seminoles on Saturday, they were embarrassed and run right off the field. Wake Forest only gained 126 total yards, 83 passing and 43 rushing, along with only managing seven first downs. QB Tanner Price completed 8 of 22 passes for 82 yards and was sacked three times, while his favorite target, WR Michael Campanaro, had two catches for 8 yards. Campanaro had caught 22 passes in the Demon Deacons first two games, but was dominated by the Seminoles secondary. Price, who threw for a career high 327 yards last week against UNC, spent the afternoon running for his life and trying to stay upright. The Demon Deacons were forced to start their first five possessions at their own 20, and started at the 5 yard line twice. The Seminoles had 357 of their 612 total yards on offense by halftime. Wake Forest allowed 385 yards on the ground and 27 first downs in the game. Wake Forest has been shut out by the Seminoles 6 times and this is the third time the Demon Deacons have been beaten by more than 50 points to the Seminoles.
Wake Forest is 3-4 ATS in their last 7 games as a favorite, 5-5 ATS in their last 10 non-conference games, and 4-6 ATS in their last 10 games in September. Army is 5-7 ATS in their last 12 road games, 6-7 ATS in their last 13 games as an underdog of 3.5 to 10 points, and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games after 2 or more consecutive straight up losses.
Army was blown out by San Diego St on the road in their opening game and then lost at home to Northern Illinois. Wake Forest beat UNC at home in a close game and then went to Florida State and were embarrassed. I think as far as talent Wake Forest has the edge and with home field advantage on their side the Demon Deacons should win this game. I will lay the points and side with the home team, but this will not be a game I will be personally betting on.