Memphis Vs. Wake Forest: Birmingham Bowl Trends & Betting History

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 2:26 PM UTC

Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018 2:26 PM UTC

The 2018 Birmingham Bowl is bound to offer southern hospitality, and bettors will surely see serious football when Wake Forest and Memphis clash on December 22 at Legion Field. These numbers will help you pick a side. 

2018 Birmingham Bowl: Memphis vs. Wake Forest

The historic Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama has a rich college bowl game history, hosting such events as the Dixie Bowl (1947-48), Hall of Fame Classic (1977-85), All-American Bowl (1986-1990), and now the Birmingham Bowl (2006-present) in its 91-year history. The American Athletic is one of two conference tie-ins (SEC), sending runner-ups Memphis to take on Atlantic Coast Conference foes Wake Forest in the 13th playing of the current event. As of publication, the Tigers are 5-point favorites.

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Results
Season Winner Loser Final Line Total Winner ATS OU
2006 S. Florida E. Carolina 24-7 -4.5 43 W U
2007 Cincinnati S. Mississippi 31-21 -10.5 56 L U
2008 Rutgers N.C. State 29-23 -6.5 53.5 L U
2009 Connecticut S. Carolina 20-7 4 51.5 W U
2010 Pitt Kentucky 27-10 -4 52 W U
2011 SMU Pitt 28-6 4 46.5 W U
2012 Ole Miss Pitt 38-17 -3 53 W O
2013 Vanderbilt Houston 41-24 -2 52.5 W O
2014 Florida E. Carolina 28-20 -7 57 W U
2015 Auburn Memphis 31-10 -3 64.5 W U
2016 S. Florida S Carolina 46-39 -10 61.5 L O
2017 S. Florida Texas Tech 38-34 -3 66.5 W O

Birmingham Bowl Key Betting Numbers

Average Victory Margin: 13.5
Average Line: -3.8
Favorite ATS: 7-5
Average Total: 54.8
O/U Record: 4-8
O/U Margin: -4.8
Largest Underdog Upset: SMU (+4.5) 28, Pitt 6 (2011)
Largest Spread: Cincinnati -10.5 (2007)
Largest Rout: SMU 28, Pitt 6 (2011)

Birmingham Bowl Summary & Trends

Only two Birmingham Bowl winners compiled fewer wins on the season than their opponents. Wake Forest accrued six and Memphis eight victories in the 2018 regular season.

Favorites have won 10 of 12 altogether, though only two reached double figures on the college football oddsboard.

Losers post just 18.2 points per game.

Conference H2H: AAC vs. ACC

The American Athletic Conference is 18-27 SU (40.0 percent) and 22-23 ATS (48.9 perccent) all-time against Atlantic Coast Conference foes, going of an average 8.0-point underdog. In 10 bowl game matchups, the results are all square, the pair splitting five wins apiece. The AAC, in fact, is 6-4 ATS; the average line is 0.2 points. The clashes tend to be higher scoring than expected with seven easily sailing past a 53.7 average total. The over/under margin is 10.1 points.

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The mascot matchup is REAL this year. Pouncer has been on the prowl with TOM the Tiger at @MemphisFB events since 1960. @WakeFB's Demon Deacon has been around in name since the 20s, and in top hat since '41. W ho's your team?? #GoTigersGo #GoDeacs pic.twitter.com/eFYspTrcVQ

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Memphis Tigers (8-5 SU, 8-5 ATS)

Seasons: 59
Bowl Record: 4-6
Coach, Bowl Record: Mike Norvell, (0-2 SU, 0-2 ATS)

Mike Norvell’s first two bowl games with the Tigers have proven forgettable, losing and failing to cover the spread in each. The high-powered offense has come up short of projections by a 10.0 average. Memphis is posting just 25.5 points per game. The Tigers fell 51-31 to Western Kentucky in the 2016 Boca Raton Bowl, while dropping a 21-20 nail-biter to Iowa State in last year’s Liberty Bowl.

Memphis vs. ACC

SU Record: 1-6
Average Margin: -7.8
ATS Record: 0-3 (since 1984)
Average Line: 7.3

Memphis played Duke in a home-and-home series during the 2012-3 seasons, the Tigers only ACC matchups since the early 1980s. They lost each, scoring just 14 points in both as well.

Wake Forest Demon Deacons (6-6 SU, 4-8 ATS)

Seasons: 111
Bowl Record: 8-4 SU, 7-1-1 ATS (since 1980)
Coach, Bowl Record: Dave Clawson (2-2 SU, 1-2-1 ATS)

Dave Clawson is a perfect 2-0 leading Wake Forest in the postseason, after going 0-2 with Bowling Green (2009-13). Clawson puts on a show for bettors, the “over” cashing in every game. A 75.3 average final score is soaring past a 54.8 total under these conditions. No games have ventured into extra time either.

Wake Forest vs. AAC

SU Record: 3-0
Average Margin: 6.0
ATS Record: 1-2
Average Line: -4.0

Wake is undefeated against AAC competitors, including shocking Temple 34-26 as a 10.5-point underdog in the 2016 Military Bowl.

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