Wake Forest Demon Deacons 2022 Season Betting Guide

Wake Forest Demon Deacons 2022 Season Betting Guide

Written by on July 14, 2022

Wake Forest had one of the best football seasons in school history last year in finishing 11-3, and the school was able to keep highly coveted head coach Dave Clawson with a long-term extension. What to expect from the 2022 Demon Deacons?  Here’s your NCAA Football betting preview.

  • Odds to win national title: +10000
  • Odds to win ACC: +1800
  • Over/under win total: 8.5

Wake Forest Demon Deacons 2022 Season Betting Guide

Wake Forest shockingly reached the ACC title game last year for the first time since winning the 2006 title but the Deacons lost to Pittsburgh 45-21 to lose a chance to play in a New Year’s Six bowl game. Instead, Wake faced Rutgers in the Gator Bowl and rolled 38-10 to finish 11-3.

Quarterback Sam Hartman ended his historic single-season campaign with Gator Bowl MVP honors as he tossed three touchdown passes in the game and threw for 304 yards. Receiver AT Perry collected 10 of Hartman’s passes for 127 yards and pulled in his 15th touchdown reception of the season, tied for the fifth most in conference history.

Wake Forest topped 35 points in a game for the 12th time in 2021. In the College Football Playoff Era, the Demon Deacons were one of seven teams (2014 Oregon, 2018 Alabama, 2018 Oklahoma, 2019 Alabama, 2019 LSU, 2020 Alabama) to accomplish that feat. The Demon Deacons scored a combined 574 points, by far the most in school history and the fourth-most in ACC history.

Coach Dave Clawson became the first coach in program history to win four bowl games as all four titles have come during the Deacs current six-game bowl appearance streak. That run ranks as the second-longest in the ACC, trailing just Clemson. Clawson was named ACC Coach of the Year and a program record 15 players were named to the league’s All-ACC team.

Hartman might be the best returning quarterback in the ACC this year. Last season, his 50 total touchdowns ranked second in conference history and was just one away from tying the ACC record. Hartman threw for 4,228 yards in 2021, ranking sixth in ACC history and first in Wake Forest history. Additionally, he ran for 11 touchdowns, the second-most in program history by a Wake Forest quarterback. He is the only Wake Forest quarterback with three or more four-plus touchdown games in his career.

Hartman, who is in his third consecutive season as a captain, goes into the 2022 season with 9,266 career passing yards, ranking second in program history. Additionally, he holds the program record with 72 career touchdown passes while also ranking in the top-five in program history in career completions, attempts, completion percentage and passing efficiency.

Hartman’s top target in Perry also returns. He is DEAs coming off one of the greatest single seasons by a Wake Forest wide receiver in program history, setting the single-season record with 15 touchdown receptions, three more than any other play in the program’s history.  Additionally, the total was tied for the fifth most in ACC history and the third highest total since 1997. Perry became just the ninth player in Wake Forest history to cross over the 1,000-yard barrier, tallying 1,293 receiving yards, ranking second and just 37 yards shy of the program record.

Rondell Bothroyd is back to lead the defense. The lineman finished the 2021 season with 63 total tackles which ranked fourth on the team and had a team-best 16.5 tackles for loss. His tackles for loss ranked third among all ACC players and 12th in program history. Additionally, he tallied at least one tackle for loss in 13 of 14 games including all 12 regular season games and totaled five games with seven or more tackles. The defense also adds transfer Kobie Turner, an FCS second-team All-American at defensive tackle.

“People now when they play Wake Forest have a little more respect for who we are and what we’ve done,” Clawson says. “There’s been times we’ve been able to beat people who maybe didn’t take us seriously. Those days are probably over.”

Wake should win all three non-conference games vs. VMI, at Vanderbilt and vs. Liberty and opens ACC play with preseason conference favorite Clemson. The toughest road game is at Florida State on Oct. 1.

Wake Forest Expert Prediction

  • 8-4, no return to ACC title game
 
 

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