Missouri vs. Wake Forest live stream, watch online, TV channel, prediction, pick, Gasparilla Bowl odds, spread

Missouri and Wake Forest will finish their 2022 seasons in Tampa, Fla., in the Gasparilla Bowl at Raymond James Stadium, which is significant because bowl games often seem to take it to the next level when played in a stadium with an actual pirate ship inside the premises. And when the ball game is named after a fictional pirate who terrorized the Gulf of Mexico and amassed a large fortune? Well, that just takes things to the next level.

The two teams in this game had seasons that were somewhat mirror images of each other. Wake Forest started the season with six wins in its first seven games but fell apart after that. A 48-21 loss to Louisville that saw the Demon Deacons blow a halftime lead of eight — eight! — The second-half turnover started a four-game losing streak in its last five games. Meanwhile, Missouri rebounded from a 2-4 start to the season with four wins in its last six games, including wins in its last two games to reach bowl eligibility.

The bowl will mark the first time the teams have ever met on the football field.

Here’s how to watch the Gasparilla Bowl live

Date: Friday, December 23 | Time: 6:30 p.m. ET
Place: Raymond James Stadium — Tampa, Florida
TV: ESPN | Live broadcast: fuboTV (try free)

Missouri vs Wake Forest: Need to know

This will be Sam Hartman’s last game with Wake Forest: Hartman became Wake Forest’s all-time leading passer earlier this season, passing Riley Skinner’s previous mark of 9,762 yards, and he enters the final game of his Wake career with 12,687 yards and another school record 107 passing touchdowns. He is one touchdown away from passing former Clemson QB Tajh Boyd to become the ACC’s all-time leader. What is not known is if this will be Hartman’s final college game. All he has confirmed is that he will leave Wake Forest, but he could enter the NFL draft or transfer. No matter what his next stop is, he will leave Wake as the greatest quarterback in program history.

Missouri will be brief: Without its defense, Missouri likely won’t reach a bowl game. While the offense improved late in the year, the defense carried the team for most of the season, and it will be needed against an explosive Wake Forest offense. Unfortunately, many key players will be missing. Defensive ends Isaiah McGuire and DJ Coleman and safety Martez Manuel were the team’s top three leaders in sacks, collecting 16 combined, and none will play in this game as they prepare for the NFL Draft. On the offensive side of the ball, Dominic Lovett led Missouri with 56 receptions for 846 yards, but he is in the transfer window and will not play in the game.

This is the bowl’s first meeting between the Power Five programs: The Gasparilla Bowl first appeared in 2008 as the magicJack Bowl and has gone through seven different names since then. It has seen teams from six different conferences appear in the game, with UCF making five appearances over the years. But for all the variety, the game has never featured two Power Five teams pitted against each other. In fact, only three Power Five programs have ever appeared in the game. The SEC dispatched Mississippi State in 2016 and Florida last year, while the ACC’s NC State played in the 2014 game.

Gasparilla Bowl Prediction, Picks

Featured games | Missouri Tigers vs Wake Forest Demon Deacons

If you want to take Wake Forest to cover the spread due to missing all of Missouri, I won’t talk you out of it, but I think over is the smarter play. Wake Forest’s defense has been terrible all season, and even a short-handed Missouri offense can find success against it, making it hard to count on Wake to win. Meanwhile, Wake should have no problem scoring against a Missouri defense missing so many key players. This one can get silly. Prediction: Above 58.5

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