- No. 23 Wake Forest and Vanderbilt face off Saturday in Week 2 on Saturday, September 10th
- The Demon Deacons are suddenly 13.5 point betting favorites over the Commodores in the CFB odds
- Read below for Wake Forest vs Vanderbilt odds, spread and best bet for Week 2
This matchup has Wake Forest heading to Nashville to take on the Vanderbilt Commodores in a Week 2 game on Saturday, September 10. Kickoff is set for just after Noon at FirstBank Stadium, and the game will be broadcast on ESPN. Wake Forest will be trying to get off to a 2-0 start, while Vanderbilt attempts to win three straight.
Wake Forest is now a 13.5-point betting favorite and the total is set at 62.0 for this contest.
Let’s take a look at the Wake Forest vs Vanderbilt odds and offer you our best bets and predictions.
Wake Forest vs Vanderbilt Odds
|Wake Forest||-13.5 (-110)||-500||Over 65.5 (-110)|
|Vanderbilt||+13.5 (-110)||+375||Under 65.5 (-110)|
Odds as of September 7th at BetMGM.
Wake Forest is -500 on the moneyline in the college football odds, giving them 83.33% implied probability to win.
Wake Forest Wants To Keep Ball Rolling
Coming off an amazing 11-3 season, Wake Forest wants to keep the ball rolling. The Demon Deacons and head coach David Clawson want to get back to that level from last year. There was no Sam Hartman at quarterback last week, but Mitch Griffis looked just fine in their Week 1 win, completing 21 of 29 passes for almost 300 yards in an easy victory.
Wake Forest wants to challenge for the ACC Conference crown, but it will not be easy. They start the season at +1600 in the ACC Title odds, which is behind even teams like Pittsburgh and Florida State.
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— On3 (@On3sports) September 7, 2022
Though Hartman has been cleared to play, just be careful. Sometimes it takes a little time for a quarterback to get going. Harman missed basically what amounted to be a month after having a blood clot removed. The Wake Forest quarterback tossed 39 touchdowns compared to just 14 interceptions. With a full complement of receivers, there is little wonder why the spread jumped the way it did.
Wake Forest had an easy time disposing of VMI at home on September 1st by a score of 44-10. Playing on the road against Vanderbilt figures to be a bit more difficult but the books do not seem to believe so. The Demon Deacons did run for more than 200 yards against VMI and may need that balance a bit more versus the Commodores.
Career best-day already for Wake Forest running back Christian Turner, who has 100 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries.
— Les Johns (@Les_Johns) September 2, 2022
On offense, the duo of Turner and Justice Ellison could cause a lot of problems for Vanderbilt’s defensive line. Wake Forest expects to have a solid advantage in the trenches.
The defense could be tested a bit by the Vanderbilt team. Their two “running” backs could be close to the same level as Wake Forest’s.
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Vanderbilt Attempts To Win Third Straight
Head coach Clark Lea will look to pull off an upset with an improved Vanderbilt squad. Their 2-0 start featured wins against Hawaii and Elon. Both are basically below-average teams, but any wins are good ones for the Commodores.
The Commodores displayed lightning-quick offense with 105 points combined so far in two games. Mike Wright is a duel passing and running threat. He has averaged more than 100 yards rushing with almost 200 yards a game passing. Wake Forest could have a battle on its hands.
Post-Week 1 Division I Leaders in Rushing Yards:
1. Chase Brown (@chasebrown____) – 350
2. Nathan Carter (@_natecarter5) – 313
3. Anthony Grant (@Grant4Anthony) – 290
4. Mike Wright (@mike5wright) – 247
5. Kayvon Britten (@KayvonBritten) – 237 pic.twitter.com/yx42dvje6d
— The Transfer Portal CFB (@TPortalCFB) September 7, 2022
Can Wright keep the defense of Wake Forest honest with his passing ability? This is a huge challenge for Vanderbilt in a big spot. An early upset like this could have ramifications the rest of the season. Wright seems to be maturing before everyone’s eyes, and Jayden McGowan could find some room — even against the Demon Deacons’ secondary.
Vanderbilt’s projected NCAAF win total of 2.5 is low and a lock to go over already. Given their schedule and improved level of play, four or five wins is quite plausible.
Wake Forest vs Vanderbilt Prediction
ESPN’s Power Football Index projects Wake Forest to finish in the upper half of the ACC pecking order, while Vanderbilt expects to finish near the bottom of the SEC.
Wake Forest expects to hit the 35-40 point range, but can they hold Vanderbilt under 24 points? That is questionable.
Oddsmakers may be underestimating Vanderbilt at home. This game opened at 6.0 and ballooned to 13.5. Take Vanderbilt with the points.
Pick: Vanderbilt (+13.5)
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