Wake Forest vs. Virginia Tech fearless prediction and game preview.
Wake Forest vs. Virginia Tech Broadcast
Date: Saturday, November 9
Game Time: 3:30 ET
Venue: Lane Stadium, Blacksburg, VA
Network: ACC Network
Wake Forest (7-1) vs. Virginia Tech (5-3) Game Preview
Why Wake Forest Will Win
The Demon Deacons are one game away from the battle for all of the marbles.
The CFP’s 19th-ranked team isn’t really in the hunt for the playoff – the loss to Louisville might be a killer – but win this week, and then it’s on with a shot at all the glory with a trip to Clemson next week.
The offense keeps on rocking and rolling. QB Jamie Newman was banged up for the Florida State game, but he came back and threw for 287 yards and three scores in the blowout over NC State. He has only thrown five picks with 20 touchdown passes, he’s been exceedingly steady, and the offense keeps on rolling.
The team is doing everything right. It leads the ACC in third down conversions, it leads the nation with the fewest penalties, and it dominates the turnover margin. The talent level might not be there overall, but it makes up for it with the execution.
The Virginia Tech secondary is getting loaded, allowing 340 yards or more in three of the last four games – Rhode Island was the game in the middle of that – with 11 touchdown passes in those three. Newman should be able to go off, but …
Why Virginia Tech Will Win
The Hokies have the pass rush to make Newman a bit uncomfortable.
He gets the ball out of his hands in a hurry, and the Demon Deacon offensive line has been fantastic, but the Hokies are great at being disruptive.
The defense isn’t allowing much of anything against the run – okay, partly because everyone is throwing on the secondary – but the O has found its production at just the right time. It might have struggled against Notre Dame – that’s Notre Dame – but it scored a total of 120 points over the previous three games.
Wake Forest’s defense can be moved on.
It rolled bad Florida State and NC State offenses, but it got rolled by Louisville, and it allowed close to 300 yards over the three games before dealing with the Wolfpack last week.
Quincy Patterson got the start at quarterback last week for Virginia Tech, but Hendon Hooker was apparently close to go. Head coach Justin Fuente made the call late to hold out Hooker, but if the rising star freshman is back, he’s got the skill set to screw up the Demon Deacon D.
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What’s Going To Happen
And here’s where Virginia Tech makes a big statement in the ACC title chase.
There’s a logjam in the Coastal, but the Hokies beat North Carolina and Miami, and they still get to play Virginia and Pitt. It’s a interdivisional game against the Demon Deacons, but it’ll be a big win or the program coming off the heartbreaker against Notre Dame.
The defensive front will bother Newman, and the offense will be just effective enough to hold serve. It’ll be a four quarter fight, but Brian Johnson will come through a late field goal to survive.
Wake Forest vs. Virginia Tech Prediction, Line
Must See Rating: 4
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