[3:00 PM] Virginia @ Wake Forest

Who will WIN this matchup?

Virginia Cavaliers (2-6)

@ Wake Forest Demon Deacons (5-3)


Current odds:

Virginia Cavaliers: (+140)

Wake Forest Demon Deacons: (-160)


ESPN simulations have Wake Forest as XX% favorites to win the game.

XX% of sports bets are currently on Virginia to win as (TBD) favorites.

The line for this game is Wake Forest by 3 points.

A week after playing one of its poorest games of the season, the last thing Wake Forest needs is for Virginia to come to town Saturday for an ACC matchup. Despite winning two straight games for only the third time in the 122-year history of the series, the Demon Deacons have been dominated by the Cavaliers, who own a 15-2 mark at BB&T Stadium.

With a new coach in Bronco Mendenhall, the Cavaliers are starting a lot of young players on defense, but the leader is junior linebacker Micah Kiser, who is tops on the team in tackles, tackles for loss, sacks, forced fumbles and pass breakups. Sophomore safety Juan Thornhill has produced five pass breakups and collected a team-leading three interceptions and freshman linebacker Jordan Mack has four tackles for loss and two forced fumbles. On offense, Taquan Mizzell, who is second on the team with 36 receptions, and Albert Reid have combined for 894 rushing yards and 10 rushing touchdowns.

Junior quarterback John Wolford eclipsed 200 yards passing for the second time this season, but it came at a steep price as he threw three interceptions against Army. Kendall Hinton, who started each of the first two games, is getting closer to returning for the Demon Deacons, but after attempting to warm up prior to the Army game, Clawson said he was not even close. Thus, getting the running game back closer to where it was during the first four games will be critical to winning this game.

Virginia enjoys a 34-14 advantage in the series, but the teams have played only three times since meeting every year between 1980 and 2003.

With 44 receiving yards last week, Mizzell became the first player in Virginia history to record at least 1,400 yards rushing and receiving.


StreakSmarts Pick: Wake Forest Demon Deacons

Confidence: 5/10

StreakSmarter Pick