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.

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