Wake Forest Analysis: Demon Deacons Unique On Offense

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Virginia Tech, Bud Foster
Bud Foster’s defense will have a tough game against Wake Forest. (Ivan Morozov)

Wake Forest is a good team. You don’t get to this point in the season with only one loss and not be a good team. How their schedule has worked is similar in some broad strokes to Tech’s. The overall strength balance is similar; drilling down, they beat the smaller schools, lost a close one to the best team on their schedule, and in between have played some ACC teams that are on the edge of good or bad. They were more successful against common opponents, beating BC 27-24 and UNC 24-18. While their upcoming game against Clemson would be a good barometer, I think it’s to Tech’s advantage to get in just before the Tigers.

For this review, I focused on Louisville, BC, and UNC, since I’m most familiar with them, and also since two other games of interest—NC State and FSU—feature teams that are injury-plagued and culturally bankrupt, respectively.


It’s not a fluke Wake’s putting up so many yards and running so many plays. They’re a good offense.  The caveat is that they don’t consistently put up the points you’d expect with all these yards being accumulated. Here are their ACC scores:

Vs UNC: W 24-18
At BC:    W 27-24
Vs. UL:   L 62-59
Vs. FSU: W 22-20
Vs. NCS: W 44-10

Against FSU they get a mulligan for missing their starting