Wake Forest vs Rice

Wake Forest vs Rice Live: If it’s Friday night, it must be time for Wake Forest Football — at least in the early part of the 2019 season. Rice Stadium – Houston, Texas, Can Wake Forest handle being a large road favorite when the Demon Deacons take on Rice in college football action tonight at 8PM ET…

This will be the fifth start of the redshirt freshman’s career. He started three games last season and the opener against Army, accounting for four total touchdowns and four interceptions. The Rice offense is a slow, grind it out attack, relying heavily on the run game to drive the offense. Still Wiley’s development is a key component of the Owls’ season. Keeping him on his heels will be important for the Wake defense.

Who: Wake Forest Demon Deacons (1-0) at Rice Owls (0-1)
When: Friday September 6, 2019 – 8 P.M. EST
Where: Rice Stadium – Houston, Texas
TV channel: CBS Sports Network
Live stream: Fubo TV
Line: Wake -18
Weather: Clear, 90°at kickoff

The Deacs touched down in Houston Thursday afternoon, gearing up for an 8 p.m. clash tonight against the Rice Owls. The game will be telecast nationally on the CBS Sports Network, with announcers Ben Holden and Ross Tucker. You can also follow all the action on the IMG Radio Network with Stan Cotten and Lary Sorensen. And don’t forget to follow me on Twitter all day long with updates from Houston.

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According to the latest oddsmakers, Wake Forest is favored in this game, as the Demon Deacons are getting odds of -19.5 points against Rice. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 58.5 points. The public betting currently has 66 percent going on Wake Forest as the favorite. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NCAAF Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.

The Deacs went for nearly 600 yards last week and got just enough stops defensively to escape with a 38-35 home victory over Utah State. The Aggies host Stony Brook this week, but have an intriguing matchup at LSU scheduled for Oct. 5.

Wake topped the Owls at BB&T Field last season 56-24 after jumping out to a 42-3 halftime lead fueled by a nearly flawless performance by starting quarterback Sam Hartman, who set program records for quarterback rating and consecutive pass completions.

But the Owls have matured, added some key transfers and look to be an improved team, based on a one-week sample size.

All these kids now are a year older, a year better and are more productive,” Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson said. “They have gone out and gotten a bunch of graduate transfers to fill that gap in their classes. Their center is a transfer from Stanford. They have a guard from North Carolina Central, who is a grad transfer. They have a Division II All-American starting at tackle for them. They have a Harvard quarterback transfer and a Stanford fullback transfer.

Rice appears to not have much of an offense, which will be a problem against Wake Forest. The Owls were able to contain Army, but that’s a rather pedestrian offensive scheme. The Demon Deacons have a lot more options and balance. I think Wake can score at a pace that Rice just won’t be able to handle. It’s a big road spread to cover, but I like the Demon Deacons to take care of business tonight.

The Demon Deacons dispatched a much better Utah State team last week in a thrilling win and will follow it up with a safe (but not easy) win over the Owls on Friday night.

William & Mary vs Virginia

William & Mary vs Virginia Live, Virginia will square off against William & Mary at 8 p.m. ET on Friday at David A. Harrison III Field at Scott Stadium. The teams both come into the game bolstered by wins in their previous games.

It’s GAME DAY, ‘HOOS! Get excited for Virginia’s home opener tonight against William & Mary, which also marks Mike London’s return to Scott Stadium for the first time since Bronco Mendenhall took over the Virginia Cavaliers. Week 1 saw a big win over Pitt and the team hopes to get off to a 2–0 start with a win this weekend. Here are a few reads to get you ready for Friday night under the lights.

Virginia gets a Friday night matchup in Week 2 against William & Mary and it should be a nice warmup for the Cavaliers as they prepare to face Florida State in Week 3. Will the Cavaliers take care of business against the Tribe or will the focus be too much on the Seminoles that they overlook William & Mary? On paper, this is an easy win for Virginia and it should cruise to victory, but that’s why they play the games.

How To Watch

When: Friday at 8 p.m. ET
Where: David A. Harrison III Field at Scott Stadium, Virginia
TV: ACC Network

Tribe players will also be returning home this weekend, including offensive lineman Mark Williamson, who grew up attending games in Scott Stadium to cheer on his favorite team, the University of Virginia.

“I’ve definitely been looking forward to this game for a long time,” Williamson said. “It’s been circled on my calendar probably since the last time I was there, so this game does mean a lot to me, but I know I need to stay grounded as well as all of my teammates know that we need to stay grounded, keep our eyes on the prize here.

Virginia, the heavy favorite, is 92-30-7 all-time in home openers, and has a 29-6-1 edge in the all-time series with William & Mary. The Tribe’s last win in the series was in 2009, when they beat the Cavaliers 26-14 at Scott Stadium.

William & Mary has a bit of a quarterback issue. Hollis Mathis, the projected QB1, had just 66 yards on 6-of-13 completions but he did rush for 127 yards and a score, leading the Tribe against Lafayette in Week 1. But he’s not going to be able to take off and run with ease against a defense like Virginia’s.

Backup quarterback Kilton Anderson had 100 yards passing on 4-of-8 completions and had the big-play throws, but neither is truly competent enough to give Virginia’s secondary problems.

The Tribe will have another lackluster performance through the air, passing for under 100 total yards while completing less than 50 percent of their passes. The two-quarterback system can only work against certain teams and Virginia is not one of them.

Anderson and Mathis are going to find it tough sledding to try and reach the end zone through the air against the Cavaliers.

Safety Joey Blount is going to be one of the key Virginia players to look out for. He is one of the most versatile safeties in the ACC and if he puts on the same performance he had against Pittsburgh, it could be lights out for the W&M offense.

The Virginia Cavaliers got their 2019 season off to a great start as the Cavaliers won their first game against a conference opponent no less.