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Wisconsin vs. Wake Forest 2020 Duke’s Mayo Bowl Betting Odds, Analysis and Expert Picks

Wisconsin vs. Wake Forest 2020 Duke's Mayo Bowl Odds and Picks
  • by Anthony Carpenter
  • December 27th, 2020
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Top sports betting app sites favor Wisconsin by seven points over Wake Forest when the Demon Deacons and the Badgers play on Wednesday, December 30th in college football action from Bank of America Stadium.

Heading into the Duke’s Mayo Bowl, Wake Forest has a 4-4 overall record. The Demon Deacons have lost back-to-back games to North Carolina and Louisville in their last two contests. Wisconsin has a 3-3 record this season. The Badgers had lost three in a row before managing an overtime win over Minnesota in their last outing.

Wisconsin Badgers vs. Wake Forest  Demon Deacons Odds by BetOnline.ag

Wisconsin-7 (-110)52½ (-110)-255
Wake Forest+7 (-110)52½ (-110)+215
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Betting Wisconsin Badgers

The Badgers are the best online sportsbooks’ favorites. Tt’s been a hit-and-miss year for Wisc. The Badgers started with big wins over Illinois 45-7 and Michigan 49-11. Then they lost three in a row to Northwestern, Indiana and Iowa.

Wisconsin was able to come up with a 20-17 OT win over Minnesota in their last outing.

In the win over the Gophers, starting QB Graham Mertz had 132 yards on 12-of-20 passing. Jack Dunn caught seven balls for 76 yards and a TD. Garret Groshek rushed for 154 yards and a score on 24 carries.

The Wisconsin football team that will face WF in the Duke’s Mayo Bowl has the top defensive unit in the nation. They allow 264 yards per game but are big and athletic.

“Their nose tackle (Keeanu Benton) is probably 330 pounds and their one defensive end [Isaiahh Loudermilk] is 6-foot-7 and 290 or 300 pounds, and I’m really impressed with their inside linebackers,” WF head coach Dave Clawson said. “These guys are physical, downhill guys who don’t miss tackles.”

Betting Wake Forest Demon Deacons

The Deaks, underdogs according to top sports betting app sites, have had quite a roller-coaster season. After losing to Clemson and NC State to start things off, the Deacons enjoyed a four-game winning streak over Campbell, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Syracuse.

Since then they lost 59-53 to North Carolina. And 45-21 to Louisville. In the loss to the Cardinals, starting QB Sam Hartman had 224 yards, two touchdowns and one interception on 17-of-41 passing. Jaquarii Roberson led the receiving unit with nine recs for 138 yards and a TD. Christian Beal-Smith had 14 carries for 58 yards.

Wake Forest head coach Dave Clawson still remembers his interview for the University of Wisconsin football opening. Clawson spent four to five hours in a conference room in Toledo, Ohio, attempting to impress a three-person committee led by athletic director Barry Alvarez.

Wisconsin Badgers vs. Wake Forest NCAAF Pick

Top sports betting app sites say that the Deacons are 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall. And 5-2 ATS in their last seven bowl appearances. Wake Forest is 5-2 ATS in the last seven neutral-site games. And 1-4 ATS in their last five games on grass.

The Badgers are 4-1 ATS in their last five non-conference games. And 4-1 ATS in the last five playing the ACC. Wisconsin is 2-5 ATS in their last seven following an ATS loss. And 0-4 ATS in their last four games overall.

Let’s stick with Wisconsin in this game. The Badgers are just .500 this year. They could have had a couple more Ws if things had worked out their way. Wisconsin lost by 10 to Northwestern. And by eight to Indiana. Their offense conked out with just 20 total points in a three-game span.

That’s a little worrying on paper. But the Wisconsin offense has strutted its stuff in happier occasions. 94 total points in the Illinois and Michigan games compared to 18 points allowed. The able Wake Forest offense is going to be a big challenge for the Badgers, but they’re up to the task on a cover.