The Indiana Hoosiers and Wake Forest Demon Deacons are coming off very satisfying wins this past weekend. Let's check the betting odds and follow the trends to come with a solid college football pick.
The Hoosiers beat Western Kentucky, a team which had plans on making a run at a 10-win season this year. The Hoosiers’ defense was able to intercept veteran Western Kentucky quarterback Brandon Doughty multiple times. This was a key factor in a 21-point run in the third quarter which swung the game in Indiana’s direction, after Western Kentucky scored 28 points in the first half. The Hoosiers’ defense played its best half of the year in the second half, which has to make coach Kevin Wilson very happy about the direction in which his team is moving.
The Demon Deacons won a game in Army despite trailing and having starting quarterback John Wolford out of the game with an injury. The Demon Deacons battled back, held the Army offense in check, and rallied for a last-second win when kicker Mike Weaver, despite a low snap and a bad hold, was able to kick the ball through the uprights to create a 17-14 win. Wake Forest does not have a powerful offense, but with an excellent defensive performance such as the one it came up with against Army, the Deacs could very well win this game, even if they have to use a backup quarterback again.
There aren't any college football odds that have been posted on this game due to a lack of clear information on whether Wake Forest’s starting quarterback will be able to play. More details appear below.
The Hoosiers have listed wide receiver J-Shun Harris II as being out for the season with a knee injury. Wide receiver Isaac James is questionable for this game with a shoulder injury. Defensive back Chase Dutra is questionable for undisclosed reasons. Wide receiver Dominique Booth is out indefinitely for undisclosed reasons.
The Demon Deacons have suspended offensive lineman Ryan Anderson for five games, so he will miss this game. Backup running back Rocky Reid is questionable for this game with an ankle injury. Defensive end Duke Ejiofor is questionable with a concussion. The main injury, though, is the ankle injury suffered by starting quarterback John Wolford last Saturday in Wake Forest’s win over Army. Wolford is listed as questionable. If he can’t play, Kendall Hinton will start. He relieved Wolford in the Army game and threw two interceptions before settling down and leading the team to a win on the last drive of the game.
Handicapping The Game
The Demon Deacons are rugged and competitive, but Indiana’s ability to make plays on defense is new for the Hoosiers. If they can continue on this path, they should be the better team on Saturday and contend in the Big Ten. Take Indiana with your college football picks.
College Football Pick: Indiana