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Early Preview – Wake Forest

Posted by cuorange on July 22, 2009

Game 6 – October 17, 2009 – Death Valley, Clemson, SC

Record O St Rtng Pts/Gm O Yds/Gm O D St Rtng Pts/Gm D Yds/Gm D
8-5 9 21.0 308 4 18.3 297

The Demon Deacons return a ton on offense including Riley Skinner at QB (2,347 Yds, 13 TDs) and their entire RB corps, minus a total of 123 yards.

The receivers take a hit with the loss of D.J. Boldin (81 Rec) and are less experienced than last year, but have potential as a group.

The Deacs return 9 of their top 10 offensive lineman and the running game will benefit immensely from this – they averaged 121 yards per game on the ground last season. This group has 119 career starts between them (second most in FBS).

The defensive line takes a hit at the end spot, losing three DEs, but otherwise is a steady, sturdy and experienced group.

Wake loses all three starting linebackers, including Aaron Curry, and this will be the weakest group on the defense.

The secondary loses 3 starters, including 1st team All American Alphonso Smith, but does return Alex Frye and Brandon Ghee.

The Skinny: Wake gives Clemson fits from time to time, but typically this happens in Winston-Salem. The last time these two played at Clemson in 2006 the Tigers blasted Wake 44-10. Last year the Tigers couldn’t move the ball vs. Wake despite repeated chances in a 12-7 loss that served as Tommy Bowden’s last game.

Early Conclusion: Wake’s seasoned offensive line will allow the Deacs to move the ball and Skinner is a steady, if unspectacular QB that makes few mistakes. Wakes offense improves, but their defense suffers from major losses. Ultimately the home field proves to give the Tigers the extra edge needed.

Clemson 26 Wake Forest 21

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