1. WAKE FOREST WIN TOTAL PREDICTION: WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN
Head coach Dave Clawson has put together a nice program, going to three straight bowl games at a place that’s not used to enjoying a whole lot of consistent success.
How good have the last few years been? Before making it three in a row with last year’s campaign, the last time Wake Forest put together three straight winning seasons was from 2006 to 2008, and before that 1950 through 1952. Come up with another winning run, and it’ll be the first time to make it more than three in a row since doing it five years straight from 1943 to 1948.
The recruiting has been good enough to count on the freshmen and young players to step in and produce early on, and now it’s more about developing depth than it is finding a reliable starting 22.
As long as the line comes up with the right starting five in fall camp, the offense will continue to have its explosive moments against the weaker defenses, but the D that struggled so often last year will need a minor miracle to improve too much.
Wake Forest has to be ready to keep up in shootouts.
Set The Regular Season Win Total At … 6
The Demon Deacons will beat Rice and Elon, and a win over Utah State in the opener could be a must to provide a nice base of wins.
With road games at Boston College, Virginia Tech, Clemson and Syracuse, there are plenty of problems, but with North Carolina, Louisville, Florida State, NC State and Duke at home, coming up with three wins in that group will be enough to go bowling.
However, it’s all about the hot start. the dates with the Hokies, Tigers and Orange are all on the road in November. It might come down once again to the date with Duke to go bowling, but Clawson will make it four in a row.