In the past we have always kept an eye on what Vegas thinks about Wake Forest in each game, but with sports gambling slowly but surely picking up speed as a legal enterprise it would be foolish not to incorporate it in our game week articles.
The first week of the year always provides some interesting lines because of how many variables there are, and this is especially the case for the Wake Forest season opening game against Tulane on Thursday night.
The Deacs currently sit at a seven point favorite over the Green Wave. The line has fluctuated a bit since it opened in May at Wake Forest -10.5, and was actually taken off the board on June 14th when presumed starting quarterback Kendall Hinton was suspended for the first three games of the season by the coaching staff.
True freshman Sam Hartman is slated to start for the Deacs in a humid settling at Yulman Stadium, and is a pretty big unknown at this point, at least to folks outside of the program.
In the past two months the line has primarily stayed between 6.5 - 8 points, with the consensus of lines right around the touchdown mark.
The over/under initially came out as 61.5, but too has dropped to 56. This suggests somewhere around a 31-24 type victory for the Demon Deacons.
I think the line is pretty fair overall, but would lean towards taking the Deacs -7 as a decent bet, and I really like the over 56. The Tulane defense struggled last year, and it will take the Demon Deacon defense a bit to get used to the triple option attack that head coach Willie Fritz deploys. By the team both defenses settle down it could be 21-17 or so before halftime.
Obviously Vegas is very good at what they do, but I will track my results in each weekly article so we can see how good I really am at prognosticating our beloved Wake Forest.
Week 1: Wake Forest -7 and OVER 56.