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College Football Betting Preview: Florida St Seminoles vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons

October 28, 2023


The 4th ranked Florida State Seminoles will travel to Winston-Salem, North Carolina to face the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Allegacy Federal Credit Union Stadium in week 9 of the college football season with the game airing nationally at 12:00 PM on Saturday afternoon on ABC.

The Florida State Seminoles enter this game ranked 4th in the AP Poll and 4th in the Coaches Poll with a record of 7-0 following a 38-20 win at home against the Duke Blue Devils while covering the 14-point spread as a home favorite in week 8 of the college football season. Florida State scored 38 points while compiling a total of 420 yards offensively which included 268 passing yards and 152 rushing yards while allowing 20 points and 273 total yards defensively which included 76 passing yards and 197 rushing yards. Jordan Travis led the team in passing, completing 27 of 36 attempts for 268 yards with two touchdowns and an interception while also leading the team in rushing with 62 yards and a touchdown on ten attempts. Johnny Wilson led the team in receiving, catching five of six targets for 58 yards.

The Wake Forest Demon Deacons enter this game with a record of 4-3 following a 21-17 win at home against the Pittsburgh Panthers while covering the 3-point spread as a home underdog by winning the game outright in week 8 of the college football season. Wake Forest scored 21 points while compiling a total of 323 yards offensively which included 151 passing yards and 172 rushing yards while allowing 17 points and 414 total yards defensively which included 302 passing yards and 112 rushing yards. Santino Marucci led the team in passing, completing 12 of 21 attempts for 151 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions while adding nine rushing yards on six attempts. Demond Claiborne led the team in rushing with 14 carries for 96 yards and two touchdowns while adding a reception for 22 yards. Jahmal Banks led the team in receiving, catching two of three targets for 59 yards.

BookMaker has the Florida State Seminoles listed as 20-point favorites on the road against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons on Saturday afternoon in week 9 of the college football season. Florida State has won seven of the last ten while Wake Forest has won the last three meetings in a row while going 5-4-1 in the last ten and 3-0 ATS in the last three games in the series. The Florida State Seminoles are 5-2 ATS on the road, 1-1 ATS on the road, 4-2 ATS as a favorite, and 3-2 ATS in conference games this season while the Wake Forest Demon Deacons are 3-4 ATS overall, 2-2 ATS at home, 2-1 ATS as an underdog, and 2-2 ATS in conference games on the year.

Florida State is the better team this season, however, the Wake Forest Demon Deacons have been a thorn in the side of the Seminoles over the last three meetings as the Demon Deacons have won all three of those games. The Demon Deacons have been the better team at covering the spread in the series going 5-4-1 ATS in the last ten and 3-0 ATS in the last three games. Florida State will get the win, however, I’m taking the points with the Wake Forest Demon Deacons when they host the Seminoles in week 9 of the college football season. 

Spooky Express Pick: Wake Forest Demon Deacons +20