The Campbell Fighting Camels won six consecutive victories following a season-opening loss before dropping their final four contests last year. The struggles have continued in 2020 as Campbell has lost the first three on its abbreviated four-game fall schedule. The Fighting Camels look to conclude it by ending their seven-game slide when they visit the Wake Forest Demon Deacons on Friday in the first-ever meeting between the programs. Kickoff from Truist Field in Winston-Salem, NC is set for 7 p.m. ET.
Campbell (0-3) has faced three FBS teams thus far and has been outscored 122-68 while falling to 0-7 all-time against the subdivision. Wake Forest (0-2) hasn't played since dropping a 45-42 decision at North Carolina State on Sept. 19. The Demon Deacons are 33.5-point favorites in the latest Wake Forest vs. Campbell odds. Before making any Campbell vs. Wake Forest picks, be sure to see the college football predictions from SportsLine's Emory Hunt.
Hunt is the founder and CEO of Football Gameplan, which has been supplying analysis for all levels of football since 2007, and a former running back at Louisiana-Lafayette. He knows the game from a player's and coach's perspective.
The football analyst was SportsLine's No. 1 college football expert last season. Hunt went 116-79 on college football against-the-spread picks in 2019, returning a huge profit of $2,976 to his followers. He capped off the year with LSU -5.5 over Clemson in the national championship. Anyone who has followed his college football picks is way up.
- Wake Forest vs. Campbell spread: Demon Deacons -33.5
- Wake Forest vs. Campbell money line: Demon Deacons -5000, Fighting Camels +1300
- WF: The Demon Deacons are 13-0 against non-conference in-state schools since the turn of the century
- CAM: The Fighting Camels have allowed 95 points over their last two games
Why Wake Forest can cover
After completing only 11-of-21 pass attempts in the season opener, Sam Hartman was 23-of-36 for 236 yards and a touchdown against NC State. The redshirt sophomore appeared in only four games last year after amassing 1,984 yards and 16 TD passes as a freshman in 2018. Despite his limited action in 2019, Hartman threw for over 300 yards twice and finished the campaign with a total of 830.
Sophomore Kenneth Walker III set career highs last time out with 131 rushing yards and three touchdowns - one fewer than his total in 13 games last season. Wideout Taylor Morin, who leads Wake Forest with 12 receptions, is third in the nation with an average of 15.2 yards per punt return. Defensive back Traveon Redd made a team-high 10 tackles against the Wolfpack after recording just one in the season opener, while defensive lineman Carlos Basham Jr. is riding a streak of 20 consecutive games with a tackle for loss.
Why Campbell can cover
Quarterback Hajj-Malik Williams is dangerous when on the run, as he leads the Fighting Camels in rushing with 179 yards. The sophomore also has recorded four of Campbell's seven touchdowns on the ground this year. Williams' backup, freshman Wiley Hartley, had an impressive collegiate debut in Saturday's 52-21 loss at Appalachian State as he completed his only pass attempt for an 87-yard touchdown.
Senior wideout Austin Hite also had some success against the Mountaineers, as he was on the receiving end of Hartley's TD pass and finished with two catches for 93 yards in his season debut. Campbell has three players on defense who have made more than 20 tackles, with Darion Slade leading the way with 26. The senior, who is ahead of fellow defensive back Jonathan Jones (23) and linebacker Ray Miller (22), made 11 tackles on Saturday - eight of which were solo.
How to make Wake Forest vs. Campbell picks
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