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12 Enero 2018, 07:37 | Crisanna Felipe
Belk Bowl Betting Preview: Texas A&M vs. Wake Forest
Both Texas A&M and Wake Forest will be looking to close out 2017 on a winning note after each lost their last game to close out the regular season.
Wake Forest won its eighth game, a mark that hasn't been reached since 2008.
A&M and Wake Forest will kick off from Bank of America Stadium, home of the Carolina Panthers, at noon CT.
Turnovers - This hasn't been a problem for Wake Forest on offense; they have thrown just seven interceptions and lost just four fumbles. The Demon Deacons have an all-time record of 449-653-33. The Aggies will have wide receiver Chrisitan Kirk playing in the game, who has elected to not sit out the bowl game. The Demon Deacons lost to LSU 34-10 in the Tangerine Bowl on December 22, 1979, and to Mississippi State 23-17 in the Music City Bowl on December 30, 2011. After being overseas for the semester, Rama could not "think of a better way to end the 2017 football season or year".
On the defensive line, too, Wake Forest's starting front four of Duke Ejiofor, Elontae Bateman, Willie Yarbary and Wendell Dunn have an average weight of 275 pounds, far smaller than the Aggies' offensive line.
15 Belk Bowls have been played, each featuring an ACC participant. He ranked third in the ACC in total offense at 309.7 yards per game and is sixth in yards passing per game at 253.8. Senior Jake Hubenak has seen action in three games as well, but he will miss the Belk Bowl after undergoing surgery to fix a torn labrum in his shoulder.
38 Previous bowls for Texas A&M. The loss to start the year set the tone for the season as the Aggies blew a 44-17 lead giving up 28 points in the fourth quarter to lose to UCLA.
How much does Texas A&M care? Mond is certainly no Jackson, but the combination of him and Starkel may be enough to keep Wake Forest's defense on its toes.
Jeff Banks, who has served as Texas A&M interim coach between the tenures of Kevin Sumlin and Jimbo Fisher, might be retained.
For Demon Deacon fans across the country, the best Christmas present of all came a few days late with a hard-fought Belk Bowl victory against the Texas A&M Aggies. Winston-Salem native and Wake Forest junior Melina Jorizzo drove down for the Belk Bowl festivities. They could also do with more production in the run game. For his career, Kirk has 221 catches for 2,667 yards and 23 scores.
Kirk played anyway. He battled through the injury and turned in the best postseason performance in program history. He led the conference in passing efficiency with a 157.5 rating this season.
Wake Forest is usually strong defensively under head coach Dave Clawson. He's made it quite clear he wants the Aggies (7-5) to notch their fourth consecutive eight-win season. Wake Forest scored the next 31 points on three Wolford touchdown passes and a 59-yard punt return touchdown by Jessie Bates III. He did just that, throwing for 400 yards and four touchdowns and rushing for another 68yards. With 25 TD passes and 10 TD runs, Wolford also has established a school single-season record for TD responsibility with 35 and pushed his career total to a school-record 74.
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