Wake Forest Demon Deacons are up against the North Carolina Tar Heels. See our college football odds series for our forecast and pick for North Carolina Wake Forest. In recent years, games between the North Carolina Tar Heels and Wake Forest Demon Deacons were technically nonconference contests, which meant that they were excluded from the final ACC football rankings.
Even though Wake Forest and North Carolina are conference rivals, this still occurred. Why did that take place? North Carolina and Wake Forest were not scheduled to play each other frequently in the ACC due to its rotation-based schedule. These two colleges don’t play as frequently as other ACC schools because they are in different ACC divisions.
They had to organize “nonconference” games as a result in order to meet more frequently. It’s strange to say that about two institutions are in the same state and were a part of the ACC when it first started in the 1950s. This disaster is a result of the ACC schedule’s unique characteristics. But this contest will be a conference match.
The ACC team that has been most pleasantly unexpected this season might be North Carolina. North Carolina did defeat Duke directly and is on track to play in the ACC Championship Game, despite the fact that Duke has a case to make. Nobody anticipated this before the season began.
The Virginia Cavaliers, Pitt Panthers, who were the defending ACC Coastal champions, and Mario Cristobal’s Miami team were all receiving more preseason attention as probable division winners than North Carolina.
Given that North Carolina had quarterback Sam Howell in the lineup with numerous elite skill players beside him last year, it appeared as though North Carolina’s time had come and gone. Last season, UNC completely failed, and this year’s defense didn’t seem to be all that terrific either. …and it hasn’t.
Sam Howell was never a better quarterback in 2021 than the quarterback has been in 2022. Maye has often delivered key performances in UNC victories, including the shootout victory over Appalachian State in early September that helped the team get off to the right start. Maye has faith in both his teammates and his abilities. Because its quarterback can assume control in crucial situations—the Duke victory being the best example—UNC has been able to win multiple games after mounting comebacks and prevail in other close contests as well.
Over the past two weeks, Wake Forest has witnessed the death of its dreams. Wake Forest’s prospects of being invited to the Orange Bowl, which was extremely likely prior to this two-game slump, were dashed by an ugly loss to Louisville in which it made eight total turnovers, including six in the third quarter. This was followed by a defeat to North Carolina State. Given
that standout quarterback, Sam Hartman would be attending school again this season, Wake Forest had high expectations for itself. Can the club bounce back and save the season after taking two gut punches? This team would feel extremely good about itself if it defeated North Carolina. Can the Demon Deacons rise above the fray and answer on their own turf? Here are the NCAA Football Odds between North Carolina and Wake Forest, provided by FanDuel.
College Football Odds: North Carolina-Wake Forest Odds
Tar Heels of North Carolina: +4.5
Demon Deacons of Wake Forest: -4.5
Over: 77.5 (-105)
Why North Carolina Could Cover the Spread
Drake Sam Hartman is having a worse year than Maye. Wake Forest will likely participate in a third-tier bowl game while Carolina is likely to play in the ACC Championship Game despite neither predictions nor expectations being made for it. Maye consistently pulls off the biggest plays in crunch time, which is a very compelling reason to believe North Carolina will not only cover the spread but also win outright.
Why Wake Forest Could Cover the Spread
The Demon Deacons dropped two straight-away games. They have been away from home for several weeks, so the support of their supporters at home will be quite motivating for them. Wake Forest is extremely motivated to defeat North Carolina since it is a game of pride for the team, regardless of the odds or other factors. Here, Sam Hartman will recover.
Final North Carolina-Wake Forest Prediction & Pick
This game had the atmosphere of a last-second, last-possession game. Given this, it is more likely that the side receiving four and a half points will cover.
Final Wake Forest, North Carolina Pick, and Prediction: North Carolina +4.5