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Belk Bowl Preview: Wake Forest vs. Texas A&M

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

On Friday afternoon, the Wake Forest Demon Deacons faces the Texas A&M Aggies in the Belk Bowl. The game will kick off at 1 pm EST on ESPN from Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Both of these teams have identical 7-5 records. Wake Forest will basically be the home team as their campus is just an hour and 22 minutes away from Bank of America Stadium.

Wake Forest quarterback John Wolford carries the ball for a touchdown against the Syracuse Orange (Getty Images)

Wake Forest quarterback John Wolford carries the ball for a touchdown against the Syracuse Orange (Getty Images)

According to Covers.com Consensus Analysis, the Aggies have a 61% chance to win this game, according to their public poll. Their expert poll; however, gives the Aggies a 79% chance to win this game.

This is the first meeting between these two teams ever.
Wake Forest is 7-4 all-time in Bowl games. They won their last Bowl game, as they defeated the Temple Owls, 34-26, in the Military Bowl on December 27th, 2016.

The Demon Deacons are 1-0 with Dave Clawson as their head coach in Bowl games. They last lost a Bowl game on December 30th, 2011 against the Mississippi State Bulldogs, 23-17, in the Music City Bowl in Nashville, Tennessee.

This is the first-time that Wake Forest is playing in the Belk Bowl. However, they are previously 1-0 at Bank of America Stadium in Bowl games, as they defeated the Connecticut Huskies, 24-10, in the Meineke Car Care Bowl on December 29th, 2007.

Texas A&M is 17-21 all-time in Bowl games. They have lost their past two Bowl games, losing to the Louisville Cardinals and the Kansas State Wildcats.

The Aggies have not won a Bowl game since defeating the West Virginia Mountaineers, 45-37, in the Liberty Bowl on December 29th, 2014.

Jeff Banks will be the interim head coach for this Bowl game for the Aggies, as Kevin Sumlin was fired after the season. Texas A&M is 3-2 in Bowl games since joining the Southeastern Conference.

This is the first-time that the Aggies are playing in the Belk Bowl.

Wake Forest lost its last regular-season game, losing 31-23 to the Duke Blue Devils on November 25th, 2017. They have not won a regular-season game since defeating the North Carolina State
Wolfpack, 30-24, on November 18th, 2017.

Texas A&M also lost its last regular-season game, losing 45-21 to the LSU Tigers on November 25th, 2017. The Aggies have not won a regular-season game since defeating the Ole Miss Rebels, 31-24, on November 18th, 2017.

Wake Forest is averaging 33.7 points per game. Texas A&M is averaging 31.1 points per game.

Demon Deacons quarterback John Wolford has gone 207 of 325 for 2,792 passing yards. He has 25 touchdowns and six interceptions.
Matt Colburn leads the running backs with 145 carries for 754 rushing yards and six touchdowns. Greg Dortch leads the receivers with 53 receptions for 722 receiving yards and nine touchdowns.

Aggies quarterback Kellen Mond has gone 117 of 227 for 1,375 passing yards. He also has eight touchdowns and six interceptions.

Trayveon Williams leads the running backs with 166 carries for 733 rushing yards and seven touchdowns. Christian Kirk leads the receivers with 58 receptions for 730 receiving yards and seven touchdowns.

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