2022 Gasparilla Bowl Betting: Wake Forest Vs. Missouri

  • Wake Forest has -110 odds to cover -1-point against Missouri.
  • Missouri is taking 54% of bets on the spread.
  • Wake Forest won their games this season by 7.6 points on average.

TAMPA, Fla. – This marks the first ever meeting between Wake Forest and Missouri in the 2022 Gasparilla Bowl where Wake is a 1-point favorite.

Wake Forest Vs. Missouri Odds

  • Moneyline: Wake Forest (-115) vs. Missouri (-105)
  • Spread: Wake Forest -1
  • Total: 58.5 Points

Although online betting sites have the odds set extremely close for this one, many could argue that Wake Forest is going to run with this one given who is playing and who isn’t for both teams. However, the public has had a different idea as Bovada is taking in 54% of total bets being placed on the spread.

Trends & Nuggets To Keep In Mind

Looking at previous bowl appearances for each team, starting with Wake Forest, they have risen to the occasion in their last six bowl games going 4-2 in that span. Looking at Mizzou’s last six bowl games, they’ve gone 3-3, however, they have lost their last three.

On the season, both teams finished with a 7-5 record against the spread, but Wake Forest had the better margin though as they won each of their games by an average of +7.6 points while Missouri only averaged a +0.5 margin on the season.

Other trends to keep in mind come on how both Wake and Mizzou have done against the opposing conferences. This will mark the 14th game against the SEC in history for Wake Forest in which they’ve gone 7-6 S/U and 8-5 ATS going 3-2 ATS in their last five meetings.

As for Missouri, this is just their third meeting against an ACC team in which they have gone 1-2 S/U and ATS. Their last meeting against an ACC team came in 2021 where they lost 41-35 to Boston College and as a 1-point underdog as well.

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Key Players Playing and Opting Out

Wake Forest Players Opting In

  • QB Sam Hartman
  • RB Quinton Cooley
  • CB Zamari Stevens
  • S Malik Mustafa

Sam Hartman is clearly the notable name on this list. There was speculation that he might not play being that he still has a decision to make on his future with the team or if he’ll opt to go to the NFL. He led the Demon Deacons to a top-15 ranking this season and was 14th in the country in passing yards (3,421) and 5th in passing touchdowns (35). At one point he was also in the top half of the Heisman odds board at +3000 odds to win.

Wake Forest Players Opting Out

  • RB Christian Turner
  • WR Jahmal Banks
  • CB JJ Roberts

Turner and Banks are huge losses being that they make up for a ton of the rushing and receiving yards and touchdowns. Turner was second on the team in rushing yards (516) and first in rushing touchdowns (7) while Banks was third in receiving yards (564) and second in receiving touchdowns (8).

Missouri Players Opting Out

  • WR Dominic Lovett
  • DE Isaiah McGuire
  • DE D.J. Coleman
  • S Martez Manuel

Dominic Lovett is a tough loss for an already thin Missouri receiving core as he led the team in receptions (56) and yards (846). As for the key losses on defense, McGuire, Coleman, and Manuel all declared for the NFL Draft and will leave huge holes to fill as each of them had 35+ tackles this season.

Wake Forest To Cover 1-Point Over Missouri