The Demon Deacons of Wake Forest come to Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee this Saturday at Noon to take on the Seminoles of Florida State. FSU comes into the game ranked 5th in the nation in the AP Poll.
Florida State comes off a 55-0 trouncing of Savannah State last week which was likely more memorable for how it ended than anything else. The game was called halfway through the third quarter due to multiple lightning delays. Like the ‘Noles, the Demon Deacons come in to Saturday 2-0, though both wins were nail-biters for Wake.
Wake Forest faces a tall test entering Saturday’s game. Oddsmakers have put the Demon Deacons for the moment as 28 point underdogs, fairly high for an in-conference match up. Since their loss to Wake last season, the ‘Noles have won 9 of 10 and want to make a statement against a somewhat talented, but seemingly outmatched team.
Wake Forest goes into the game with its talented quarterback Tanner Price, who won the ACC Offensive Back of the week for his performance in a 28-27 win over the North Carolina Tar Heels last week. The Demon Deacons also have a stud at the wide receiver position, Michael Campanaro. He caught 13 passes from Tanner Price last week for 164 yards receiving and was the ACC’s receiver of the week.
While Wake Forest does have an offensive game that's much better than Florida State's previous two opponents, facing the nation’s 2nd ranked defense will likely be a very lofty task for the Demon Deacons. The ‘Noles defensive performance shouldn’t be as dominant as it was against Savannah State, but look for them to limit many of Wake Forest’s scoring opportunities throughout the game.
Wake Forrest’s defense will be a bit more of a challenge for Florida State to score on than its previous opponents. FSU will likely have to punt a few times during the game, unlike last week, but look for FSU to use its many weapons to overwhelm Wake Forest’s defense over the course of the game. The point totals likely won’t go as high as what the ‘Noles have been putting up recently, but scoring in the 40s for FSU won’t be out of the realm of possibility.