Just a few days ago, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights football team had left campus for Christmas Break. Rutgers wasn’t initially invited to a Bowl game, so they didn’t have anything to stick for. Then came all of the COVID issues that have run rampant throughout numerous teams playing in Bowl games. Texas A&M was no longer to play in the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl due to having too many players with COVID. Since there was enough time, the Gator Bowl allowed Rutgers to take A&M’s place, and we will now have a matchup between Wake Forest and Rutgers.
So instead of celebrating New Year’s Eve at home, Rutgers will start off their day in the Gator Bowl. This will be the first of the New Year’s Eve bowl games. At 5-7, it’s very unusual that a team with a losing record is in a Bowl game, but since this has been an extraordinary last few weeks, we’re glad that they were allowed to play. That being said, let’s have a look at both teams and how they arrive to this Wake Forest vs Rutgers showdown so you can bet against their College Football Bowl odds.
Wake Forest Demon Deacons Vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights Betting Analysis – TaxSlayer Gator Bowl Odds
Wake Forest is also glad that Rutgers accepted the invitation. The Demon Deacons could very well have not had a game to play at all, so they’ll be happy to take on the Scarlet Knights. Wake Forest has one of the most dynamic offenses in college football. They love to play fast and put up points in bunches. The Rutgers defense will have a huge challenge on their hands, especially since they have had very little time to prepare.
When Rutgers has the football, we’ll see the exact opposite. Rutgers wants to grind out every possession on the ground, and they’ll look to keep the Wake Forest offense off of the field. This is a very low-scoring offense that didn’t give too many Big 10 teams problems. In their seven losses, they failed to score more than 16 points. Their best win of the season came against another 5-7 team, the University of Illinois Fighting Illini. And in that win, they only scored 20 points.
Enough about offense, it’s time to talk about defense. Wake Forest led the ACC in turnovers with 27. With Rutgers looking to run, run, run, we’re fairly certain that Wake’s defense will stack the box and force them to try and pass the ball. Wake gives up more than 200 rushing yards per game, so Rutgers could gain some yardage on the ground.
As far as the Rutgers defense goes, they’ll look to force Wake Forest’s quarterback Sam Hartman into making some big mistakes. Hartman threw 13 interceptions in Wake Forest’s last five games of the season, so the Rutgers secondary will be looking to snag some passes. If Rutgers can get some costly turnovers, they’ll be in business.
Rutgers is a huge underdog in this one, as Wake Forest has been made a 15-point favorite. Rutgers has had very little time to prepare for Wake Forest, and with such a high-powered offense to get ready for, we just can’t see Rutgers hanging with the Demon Deacons. Wake Forest gets a 21-point victory over Rutgers in the 2021 TaxSlayer Gator Bowl.