College Football Picks: Wake Forest to Hang Close to a Tough Notre Dame Team

Joe Catalano

Thursday, November 12, 2015 5:44 PM UTC

Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015 5:44 PM UTC

Notre Dame will look to make an impression on the NCAA Pollsters. Will Notre Dame run up the score is the question for the betting public? See what our college football pick is.

Kickoff is scheduled for Saturday, November 14th at 3:30 p.m. EST at Notre Dame Stadium in Notre Dame Indiana. According to 5Dimes, the Fighting Irish are a 27 point betting favorite and the total for the game is 52 on the college football odds.


Looks Are Deceiving?
My first impression is that record aside, we're not going to see much of a fight put up by Wake Forest as they possess one of the weaker offenses in the country, scoring just 18.7 points per game on 339 yards of total offenese and that won't beat a team the caliber of Notre Dame. On the other hand, the Demon Deacons defense isn't awful and in order to look impressive, Notre Dame won't have a cakewalk and will have to play one of their better games of the season.


Playoff Aspirations for ND
That said, this shouldn't be a problem as Notre Dame possess a well balanced offense and can beat a team in many ways. The Fighting Irish are averaging 37.1 points per game on nearly 500 yards of offense per game. 

Notre Dame was also lucky to have their one loss early in the season as they loss to the Clemson Tigers, 24-22. Since then, they've taken care of teams such as Navy, Temple, USC, and Pittsbugh. Quality wins aren't an issue with Notre Dame. They just need to keep winning and look dominant in doing so.


5 TD's For Kizer
Notre Dame sophomore quarterback, DesSone Kizer, picked the right time to get hot as the Fighting Irish are coming off of a 42-30 victory over the Pittsburgh Panthers on the road. In this game, Kizer exploded for 5 touchdowns to go along with his efficient passing and 262 yards. The 5 TD's were nearly 1/3 of his seasonal output and although I don't expect to see this on a regular basis, it certainly is a confidence booster for the big man.

Kizer was able to find his favorite target, wide receiver, Will Fuller, in Pitt's endzone on 3 separate occasions to go along with 152 yards. Notre Dame basically shoved their offense down the throats of the vulnerable Pittsburgh offense as Irish freshman Josh Adams also had a breakout game with 147 yards rushing. We'll have to see how this carries over to a much inferior opponent in Wake Forest as the Demon Deacons defense can hold their own.


Nothing Special
Their record indicates this and I've already stated that Wake Forest isn't a team that's going to excite anyone, but they manage to "hang around" in most of their losses and this is something to consider when they're a 27 point underdog.

I mean, when they can play a Boston College team to a 3-0 victory, that's basically as non-eventful a win as possible in a game and that's how I look at this team.

Wake Forest's running game leaves a lot to be desired. Not one rusher on this team averages 4 yards or more per carry despite leading rusher, Kendall Hinton's 6 rushing TD's this season. The quarterback position hasn't been much better than the rushing game as there's been an abundance of ineffiency and turnovers created by quarterbacks John Wolford and Kendall Hinton.

In their last game, the two combined for 9 for 30 passing for 226 yards with 2 TD's and 4 INT's in a 20-19 loss to Louisivlle and they still almost won the game. That defines this team in a nutshell.

On paper, Notre Dame will destroy the Demon Deacons, but the game is played on the field and 27 points are a lot. Take Wake Forest to cover as Notre Dame wins the game on your college football picks.

College Football Pick: Wake Forest +27 at 5Dimes

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