Date: Saturday, September 30
Kickoff: 3:30 PM
Location: BB&T Field, Winston-Salem, NC
Watch: ABC (TV), WatchESPN (Online)
Once again, Wake Forest is entering this Saturday’s matchup following a win, this time a victory over in state rival Appalachian State. This Saturday, the 4-0 Demon Deacons will attempt to extend their winning streak to 5 games when they take on the 0-2 Florida Seminoles in Winston-Salem (I am sure that everyone expected to read that sentence entering the season).
Although the Wake Forest offense looked dynamic in each of their first three games, the Deacs came out looking flat in the first half last week and punted on all but one drive before the break. While John Wolford’s dynamic play in the second half secured a win last week, the offense will need to play well for 60 minutes this weekend if the Deacs want to compete. Nothing will come easy against Florida State, as the Seminoles boast one of the best and most experienced front 7’s in the country, and safety Derwin James is arguably the best defensive player in the country. However, if the past 4 games have taught us anything, it is that John Wolford is capable of leading this offense to heights that Wake has not seen under Coach Clawson.
While Florida State is 0-2, they certainly should not be taken lightly, as they still remain one of the top opponents that the Deacs will matchup against this season. With that being said, the Seminoles are certainly struggling after losing star quarterback Deondre Francois to a season-ending injury in their season opener against Alabama. Last week against NC State, Florida State looked somewhat out of sync, which can probably be attributed to the fact that the team had been idle for two weeks due to Hurricane Irma, as well as the fact that it was true freshman James Blackman’s first collegiate start. While the Seminoles will likely look to come out firing this game, the Wake Forest defense has proven time and time again this season that they are capable of making big plays. If the Deacs can contain the running game and force the talented, yet inexperienced, Blackman to beat them by making big throws all game.
Unfortunately, I believe that the dream of an undefeated season comes to an end on Saturday, as Florida State will come out angry and the Deacs will be hard pressed to withstand the pressure that the Seminoles put on the offense. With that being said, I expect Coach Clawson and his squad to be very competitive on Saturday and keep this game close, and I would not be surprised to see Florida State come out looking tight, as Wake has nothing to lose, while FSU’s season could be laying in the balance.
Final Score: Florida State 31, Wake Forest 24