Wake Forest-Memphis Betting Guide: Each Team Missing Key Weapon For 2018 Birmingham Bowl

Dec 22, 2018 10:15 AM EST

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2018 Birmingham Bowl Betting Odds: Wake Forest-Memphis

  • Odds: Memphis -3
  • Over/Under: 73
  • Date: Saturday, Dec. 22
  • Time: 12 p.m. ET
  • TV: ESPN

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Memphis and Wake Forest have the third-highest over/under of bowl season, but might each be without their best offensive weapons.

Memphis running back Darrell Henderson is gone to prep for the NFL Draft, while Wake wide receiver Greg Dortch is out with a finger injury suffered in the Demon Deacons’ season finale.

Will the Tigers’ running game remain its biggest strength, or will Wake’s end-of-season run propel it to bowl victory?

Odds Movement for Wake Forest-Memphis

By Danny Donahue

Early action on Memphis moved this line up from -4 up to -6. Since then, more money has come in on Wake Forest to bring the line down. While both sides have seen close to 50% of bets, the 62% of dollars behind the Deacons have been enough to move their line back to +3.

A similar back-and-forth has taken place with the total. While early action raised the number up as high as 74.5, sharp bettors have stepped in and pushed it down to 73. Only 36% of bets are on the under, but they’ve accounted for 52% of dollars wagered.

Trends to Know for Birmingham Bowl

By John Ewing

Wake Forest finished the season 6-6. Teams with a .500 or worse record have gone 80-60-2 (57%) against the spread in bowl games since 2005 according to our data from Bet Labs.

By Evan Abrams

We’ve finally made it. The first bowl game this season with an over/under in the 70’s.