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2021 Gator Bowl prediction, odds, spread, line: Wake Forest vs. Rutgers picks, bets from model on 43-30 run

The No. 17 Wake Forest Demon Deacons can tie the program record for most wins in a season when they face the Rutgers Scarlet Knights in the 2021 Gator Bowl on Friday. With a win, the Demon Deacons (10-3) would match the 2006 Wake Forest team that went 11-3 and won the ACC championship for the most wins in a season. This year’s team is just the second in program history to reach double-digit wins. On Friday, Wake Forest faces a 5-7 Rutgers squad that replaced Texas A&M in the Gator Bowl after the Aggies had to pull out of the game, citing a breakout of COVID-19 cases on the team. 

Kickoff is 11 a.m. ET from TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Fla. The Demon Deacons are 17-point favorites in the latest Wake Forest vs. Rutgers odds, while the Over/Under for total points scored is 62.5. Before making any Rutgers vs. Wake Forest picks or Gator Bowl 2021 predictions, you need to see what the SportsLine Projection Model has to say.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every FBS college football game 10,000 times. Over the past five-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated a stunning profit of almost $3,600 for $100 players on its top-rated college football picks against the spread. It also enters the third week of the 2021-22 college football bowl season on a 43-30 run on all top-rated college football side picks. Anyone who has followed it has seen huge returns.

Now the model has dialed in on Wake Forest vs. Rutgers and just revealed its coveted picks and predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see all of the model’s college football bowl game picks. Now, here are the college football odds and trends for Rutgers vs. Wake Forest and the Gator Bowl:  

  • Wake Forest vs. Rutgers spread: Demon Deacons -17
  • Wake Forest vs. Rutgers over-under: 62.5 points 
  • Wake Forest vs. Rutgers money line: Demon Deacons -800, Scarlet Knights +550 
  • WF: The Demon Deacons average 41.2 points per game, which ranks fifth in the country 
  • RU: The Scarlet Knights lead the nation with a net punt average of 45.34

Why the Demon Deacons can cover

Wake Forest has a highly productive quarterback in Sam Hartman. A 6-foot-1 sophomore from Cornelius, N.C., Hartman has thrown 36 touchdown passes this season, which ranks sixth in the country. He also ranks eighth in the nation in total passing yards (3,924). For his efforts this season he was selected as the second-team all-ACC quarterback, behind Pitt’s Kenny Pickett.

In addition, Wake Forest has been winning the turnover battle this season. The Demon Deacons have forced 27 turnovers this year, which leads the ACC and ranks fifth in the nation. That has helped Wake Forest generate a turnover margin of +0.54 per game.

Why the Scarlet Knights can cover

Coach Greg Schiano knows how to motivate Rutgers for a bowl game. During his first stint as head coach in Piscataway (2001-11), he led the Scarlet Knights to six bowl games, going 5-1. The team won its last five bowl games under Schiano, winning by an average of 18.0 points a game.

In addition, Rutgers will have one less thing to worry about on defense after Wake Forest receiver Jaquarii Roberson opted out of this game to prepare for the NFL Draft. The junior caught 71 passes for 1,078 yards and eight touchdowns this season. 

How to make Wake Forest vs. Rutgers picks

SportsLine’s model is leaning under on the total, projecting the teams to combine for 60 points. It also says one side of the spread hits in over 50 percent of simulations. You can only see the model’s Rutgers vs. Wake Forest pick at SportsLine.

So who wins the Gator Bowl and Wake Forest vs. Rutgers? And which side has all of the value? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Rutgers vs. Wake Forest spread in the Gator Bowl to jump on, all from the advanced model that is on a 43-30 run on top-rated picks, and find out.

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