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BSD Staff Predictions for the Birmingham Bowl

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It’s time for the Birmingham Bowl, and as Wake Forest looks to win its 3rd straight bowl game for the first time in school history, the BSD Staff look to add another correct prediction. Everyone seems confident in the Deacs.

Andrew (8 correct, 4 incorrect)

Wake Forest 31-Memphis 17

With all the ups and downs the Deacons have endured this football season, most notably the season-ending injury to starting quarterback Sam Hartman, this is the moment where it all should end on a more positive note. Although this may be quarterback Jamie Newman’s fourth career start as a collegiate player, he has proven to be reliable under center over the past three contests, especially against the Duke Blue Devils. Running back Matt Colburn II being back in the lineup is a major addition, as Cade Carney’s recent tear on the ground should give the team a dangerous run game to work with. I can see the Deacons’ offense being a versatile, fast-moving system that should lead to a relative amount of points on the scoreboard.

It is an opportune time for the Deacons to win their third straight bowl appearance. They clearly have the emotional advantage in this one, and should use that to their advantage come Saturday.

Elijah (8 correct, 4 incorrect)

Wake Forest 38-Memphis 31

As the Deacs go to their third consecutive bowl game, they try for their third consecutive win as well. Although Memphis will still have their head coach unlike the previous two bowl game opponents, the Memphis staff has just lost crucial coaches on both sides of the ball while star running back Darrell Henderson will not suit up for the game. I’ll be traveling to the game to watch first-hand and am hopeful the offense can continue to rally around the strong running game and QB Jamie Newman.

The Deacs may also be down WR Greg Dortch, who is dealing with a finger injury. With the Deacs looking to close the year out strong as they overcame the odds to make a bowl game, Wake Forest gets their third consecutive bowl game victory for Coach Clawson.

Riley (10 correct, 2 incorrect)

Wake Forest 38-Memphis 35

This one is pretty hard to predict. Memphis’ best player will not be playing as he prepares for the NFL Draft, and their coaching staff has also seen some attrition and turbulence heading into the bowl game. That being said, they have a really good offense and an incredible offensive line that will give the Wake Forest front seven one of its hardest tests of the season. I am just really high though when it comes to our staff having a long time to prepare the team for a game. A 7-6 season looks a hell of a lot better than a 6-7 season, and getting that third straight bowl win would be huge heading into spring ball where the team will look for a fourth straight bowl berth for the first time in school history.

A big part of it could come down to whether or not Dortch plays, and I’ve heard that folks around the program aren’t overly optimistic about that.

Regardless, I will take the Deacs in a slight upset, 38-35, as we continue entertaining neutral observers in high scoring bowl games.

Samurai (6 correct, 6 incorrect)

Wake Forest 24-Memphis 17

24-17 Deacs. Leggo.

Rob (8 correct, 2 incorrect)

Wake Forest 35-Memphis 31

I’ll take the Deacs in a shootout. The team played its best ball of the season during the final portion of the season, and some time to heal from injuries should only help. The Deacs are coming off an unbelievable performance against Duke, and are genuinely excited to be in this game, whereas Memphis is without its best player and recovering from blowing multiple 17-point leads in the AAC Championship.

Adam (9 correct, 3 incorrect)

Wake Forest 38-Memphis 31

We won the last two, lets make it 3 in a row.

Cam (4 correct, 5 incorrect)

Wake Forest 35-Memphis 28

The Tigers not having Henderson is a blow, but the rest of the RB corps is still really good. However Jamie Newman and the crew seems locked in. Brady White is probably the 2nd or 3rd worst QB Wake has played this year so I expect us to stack the box, force him to beat us through the air, and us to get pressure on him.

Essang Bassey vs Damonte Coxie should also be really fun and an extremely Underrated matchup.

35-28 Deacs on the back of a Newman to Bachman game winning touchdown cause I have a feeling they’re going to single-cover him. And that is a bad idea my friends

Bart (8 correct, 3 incorrect)

Wake Forest 38-Memphis 34

Even without their top running back, Memphis has an elite offensive line and will be able to successfully establish their ground game. However the Wake offense will be difficult to stop with Jamie at the helm and this one comes down to the wire. Wake scores another late TD just like the Belk Bowl to knock off the Tigers and Wake wins their third consecutive bowl game to set a school record. Dortch plays and dominates.

Edward (9 correct, 3 incorrect)

Wake Forest 34-Memphis 27

Memphis is without star running back Darrell Henderson, who declared for the NFL Draft and will not play in the bowl game. But the Deacs may be without Greg Dortch, who has been dealing with an injury and hasn't been practicing. In the end, Wake has a few more weapons and pulls this one out to win their third straight bowl game for the first time in school history.

What do you all predict the outcome of the game will be? Comment below.