Florida State at Wake Forest- Game Preview

Wake Forest Bio Flash

Head Coach: Dave Clawson (2nd year, 5-11 overall record)

Key Players: QB John Wolford, QB Kendall Hinton, DB Ryan Janvion Jr., LB Brandon Chubb Sr.

Last Year’s Record: 3-9 (1-7 in ACC)

Quick Analysis:

Head coach Dave Clawson enters his second year at the helm of the Demon Deacons after a disastrous first year. This year Wake Forest has started its season 2-2, with two close losses against Indiana and Syracuse. John Wolford has played decent at quarterback, but was hurt in the Army gave and missed last week’s game against Indiana. The backup, True Freshman Kendall Hinton, is a dangerous runner but inefficient thrower. If Wolford goes down, expect a lot of zone read options and QB draws out of the spread. Wake Forest’s personnel of choice is one RB, one TE/H-back, and three WR with the QB in the shotgun. The Deacons like to spread the defense out to help generate passing lanes for quick throws. In the best defense Wolford has faced (Syracuse), he threw three interceptions including a pick-six. Against a lackluster Wake Forest offensive line, getting pressure and jumping pass routes are keys for the Seminoles defense coming off the Boston College shutout two weeks ago. Defensively, Wake Forest is currently ranked 19th in total defense. Don’t expect that ranking to last after Saturday, as the Deacons will likely be defending against short fields because of the offense’s tendency to turn the ball over.

4 Things 2 Watch:

1) Jacques Patrick

Backup running back Mario Pender is out for Saturday’s game due to a collapsed lung. In to fill his shoes is  True Freshman Jacques Patrick. So far this year, Patrick has carried the ball three times for thirteen yards in garbage time. With Pender out, Patrick now gets the chance to spell Dalvin Cook in key situations and show how talented he is.

2) Jalen Ramsey

Wake Forest passes the ball a lot more than Boston College does. Florida State has an All-American who is incredibly talented at corner. The ‘Noles could easily get pressure on Wolford with four rushers and force bad decisions. With more opportunities to make plays in this game, expect Jalen Ramsey to have a monster day and snag his first interception of the year.

3) Wake Forest’s Arm Tackling

Turn on the tape of any Wake Forest game, and a theme becomes very apparent: arm tackling. The Deacons continuously use poor tackling technique, and do a bad job of swarming the football. Dalvin Cook has to be anxious to get the ball after watching film on Wake Forest. Expect a few big plays on offense for the ‘Noles in this one.

4) Trick Plays

The only real way Wake Forest is going to beat Florida State is through some gadget and gimmick plays. With a dual-threat backup quarterback, the Deacons have the resources available to keep the ‘Noles guessing. A lot has to go right for Wake Forest to win, but it will be interesting to see what type of plays coach Clawson draws up.


Florida State should have absolutely no troubles against Wake Forest. The Seminoles’ strengths line up with Wake Forest’s weaknesses, and Florida State is simply too athletic and talented. This one might be in the book before half time, and a lot of young players should gain experience. Expect the offense to be explosive and the defense to be disruptive. The prediction for this week is 45-10, and a second consecutive shut out could be on the cards. On another note, Florida State’s offense is fine. Boston College’s defense ranks 1st in the entire country in total defense, and the ‘Noles went on the road to Boston on a short week. There shouldn’t be too many more complaints after this game.

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