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Will Wake Forest Surpass a Lowly Win Total?

Gabriel Santiago
Gabriel Santiago@gps_onthemic
Will Wake Forest Surpass a Lowly Win Total?

With action on the hardwood soon to take over the airwaves, college football will be (temporarily) put on the back burner. However, for those gridiron fans who want to get ahead of the game, FanDuel Sportsbook has gone live with 2024 college football win totals!

In the ACC, Wake Forest Demon Deacons football is back for an 11th season under head coach Dave Clawson. Wake Forest is looking to rebound after a down year. With the ACC expanding in 2024, the program in Winston-Salem will be eager to make a statement this fall.

Before spring ball gets up and running, let's have a look at Wake Forest's 2024 regular season win total at FanDuel Sportsbook while digging into both perspectives -- the over and the under.

All college football odds via FanDuel Sportsbook. Lines may change after this article is published.

Wake Forest Football Win Total Odds

Wake Forest Football Over/Under 4.5 Wins

  • Over: -108
  • Under: -112

Wake Forest 2024 Football Schedule

Date
Opponent
Thu, Aug 29vs. North Carolina A&T
Sat, Sep 7vs. Virginia
Sat, Sep 14vs. Ole Miss
Sat, Sep 28vs. Louisiana
Sat, Oct 5@ NC State
Sat, Oct 12vs. Clemson
Sat, Oct 19@ UConn
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Why Wake Forest Could Win Over 4.5 Games (-108)

The Demon Deacons enter 2024 tied for the second-lowest win total (4.5 games) in the ACC, which now houses 17 competing universities in football. Overall, Wake Forest shows 250-to-1 odds to win the ACC Championship Game in 2024.

Simply, the betting market is not expecting much from Wake this coming year, but that could work quite favorably in the win total market. Going against a line of 4.5 games, five regular-season victories is a very achievable goal in 2024. Sifting through the Demon Decons' upcoming football schedule, we may be able to spot several wins off the bat.

Commencing the season with a couple easier contests, the Demon Deacons have a favorable shot to start 2-0. Wake Forest will also have the luxury of staying in Winston-Salem to start the year, hosting the North Carolina A&T Aggies (FCS) and Virginia Cavaliers -- those two sides combined for four total wins in 2023.

For Week 3, Wake Forest will run into Lane Kiffin's high-flying Mississippi Rebels; expect the Deacs to be a substantial home underdog in that bid. From there, Wake Forest has a bye week before welcoming the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns. That is another very winnable game for Wake Forest. If the Deacs get to conference play with a record of 3-1, I very much like the Demon Deacons to go over 4.5 wins.

Notably, the ACC is adding the California Golden Bears, Stanford Cardinal and SMU Mustangs for 2024 and beyond. Wake Forest will face both incoming Bay Area institutions this season. Considering Stanford currently yields the ACC's lowest win total (3.5 games), the Deacs should have a solid shot to get a victory in Palo Alto just before Halloween.

Why Wake Forest Could Win Under 4.5 Games (-112)

Transparently, Wake Forest is still rebuilding, and 2023 showcased an exponential offensive drop-off for the Demon Deacons.

Two years ago, the Demon Deacons produced 36.1 PPG under quarterback Sam Hartman. Of course, Hartman transferred to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish for 2023, which led to Wake Forest scoring just 20.2 PPG last campaign. Amongst the FBS ranks, the Deacs have gone from a top-five scoring team in 2021 all the way down to 115th after the most recent season.

With two quarterbacks from last season -- Mitch Griffis and Santino Marucci -- transferring out of Winston-Salem, former Louisiana Tech Bulldogs signal-caller Hank Bachmeier will come in to Wake Forest. Bachmeier is the Deacons' likely starter for 2024, as the 24-year old brings significant Division-I experience. Still, this continues the lack of continuity at the game's most vital position.

In the previous section, we touched on Wake Forest's upcoming schedule. As mentioned, there are obvious spots where the Demon Deacons can have success. Contrarily, they will also face myriad opponents that have the Demon Deacons overmatched from a talent perspective.

Genuinely, I would not give Wake Forest much of a shot in the five following 2024 contests: vs. Ole Miss (9/14), at North Carolina State Wolfpack (10/5), vs. Clemson Tigers (10/12), at North Carolina Tar Heels (11/16) and at Miami (FL) Hurricanes (11/23).

If they lose all five of those games, Wake Forest will need to win at least two games of the remaining crop versus the Duke Blue Devils, Connecticut Huskies, Stanford Cardinal and Cal Bears to get to five wins -- and that's assuming the Demon Deacons start 3-1 over their first four games. If Wake slips up early on against one of North Carolina A&T, Virginia or Louisiana, five wins starts to look like a really difficult chore.

As noted, 4.5 games is a very modest number in the win-total market. Still, the odds at FanDuel Sportsbook have the under as the slight favorite at -112 odds. How Wake Forest fares early may ultimately be the deciding factor in whether or not they can get to five wins.


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