Realistically speaking, the Wake Forest Demon Deacons have two winnable games remaining. The last time they underwent a winless conference season was during the 1995 season, when the Deacs went 1-11 with their only win being against Navy, a year in which they also scored no home victories. If Wake can’t come up with a win against Boston College this Saturday, then it likely all comes down to a matchup with the NC State Wolfpack to try and avoid the schools worst season in nearly two decades.
Possibly the most frustrating part about the Wake Forest season thus far is that they seem so close yet so far away from being a quality team. The defense has been outstanding this year, only allowing 25 points a game, a number inflated by a horrendous amount of turnovers and lack of ball control from the offense. A great example is last week, when the Deacs went down 30-7 against Syracuse. 14 of those points came off of defensive touchdowns for the orange. This sets up an interesting matchup with the Eagles, who come in boasting the 9th best rushing attack in the nation, averaging nearly 290 yards per game on the ground. After losing Heisman finalist and Doak Walker award winner Andre Williams to the NFL, the Eagles rushing attack has been carried by senior dual threat QB Tyler Murphy, a Florida transfer who has rushed for 766 yards and 8 TD’s this season.
Boston College has quite a defense of their own, however, and will come into this game with a lot of confidence after holding Clemson to just 17 points in a narrow loss last week. The Eagles defense ranks in the top 20 in points allowed in the nation and has only allowed more than 17 points once in ACC play this season. This is bad news for the Deacons, who come in with possibly the worst offense in FBS college football. Wake Forest ranks LAST- yes, LAST in rushing among FBS teams, with a dismal 36.7 yards per game on the ground. They also rank 126th in the nation in scoring with only 14 points per game. In case you aren’t counting at home, that is third to last. Freshman QB John Wolford hasn’t been bad, but the offensive line leaves a lot to be desired and if you can’t block you can’t move the ball.
So to sum it all up, what we have here is a Wake Forest team who can stop people and kick the ball (they rank in the top 5 in the ACC in almost every kicking stat), against a team from Boston who runs it well and also stops people. This is one of only two realistically winnable games left for the Deacons this season. But will they get over the hump?
PREDICTION- Boston College- 20, Wake Forest- 10. This one is pretty simple, the Eagles are just the better team. While they haven’t been overly impressive, they have a win over USC and a close loss to Clemson. The Deacons defense will hold the BC rushing attack in check as well as anyone else has this season, but they’ll get enough points to just squeak by as Wake’s offense once again struggles to keep up.
TV- Regional Coverage
Radio- Wake Forest IMG Network
Start Time- 3:30
Date- October 25th
Location- Winston Salem, NC