N ° 17 Wake Forest Demon Deacons
10-3 record; 7-1 ACC Atlantic Division Champions
Calendar / Results:
Old Dominion W, 42-10
West Norfolk State, 41-16
West Florida State, 35-14
At Virginia W, 37-17
Louisville West, 37-34
At Syracuse W, 40-37 OT (as for same opponent, Rutgers 17-7)
In the W Army, 70-56
Duke W, 45-7
At North Carolina L, 55-58
NC State W, 45-42
Chez Clemson L, 27-48
At Boston College W, 41-10
ACC Championship: Pittsburgh L, 21-45
Statistical rankings (nationwide)
Score offense: 5th; 41.2 points per game
Exceeding offense: 12; 307.6 yards per game
Precipitated offense: 67th; 161.5 yards per game
Total offense: 11th; 469.1 yards per game
3rd Down’s offensive conversion rate: 6th; 48.8%
Score Defense: 94th; 30.3 points per game
Overtaking defense: 58th; 221.8 yards per game
Rushed defense: 114th; 202.0 yards per game
Total defense: 98th; 423.8 yards per game
3rd defensive conversion rate: 70th; 38.8%
Revenue margin: 26th; +7
Penalties per game: 60th; 6.00 per game
History of the series: Wake Forest leads 2-0 all-time, including 28-14 at UK in 1997 and 17-10 at Raleigh-Durham
Vegas Line: Wake Forest -11.5 opening line
Who passed: QB Sam Hartman: 276-469, 58.8%, 3,924 passing yards, 301.8 yards per game, 36 TDs, 14 INT
To rush : RB Christian Beal-Smith: 581 rushing yards, 4.7 yards per carry, 7 TDs; RB Christian Turner: 463 rushing yards, 4.0 yards per carry, 5 touchdowns; RB Justice Ellison: 482 rushing yards, 4.9 yards per carry, 6 TDs; QB Sam Hartman 342 rushing yards, 3.1 yards per carry, 11 TD
Reception: WR Jaquarii Roberson: 71 catches, 1078 yards, 15.2 yards per catch, 8 TD; WR AT Perry: 61 catches, 1,166 yards, 19.1 yards per catch, 14 TD; WR Taylor Morin: 39 catches, 563 yards, 14.4 yards per catch, 5 touchdowns
Defense: LB Luke Masterson: 78 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble; LB Ryan Smenda Jr .: 77 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, 3 forced fumbles; DB Traveon Redd: 63 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, 3 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered, 2 forced fumbles; DL Rondell Bothroyd: 61 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, 7 sacks, 2 fumbles recovered, 2 forced fumbles, 1 blocked kick; DB Ja’Sir Taylor: 54 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 2 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered; LB Chase Jones: 42 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 0.5 sacks, 2 fumbles recovered, 2 forced fumbles
Short summary :
The Demon Deacons have scored 40 or more points in eight games this season, including 70 points in the victory over Army. Offensive coordinator Warren Ruggiero is from Glen Rock, NJ and has been with the WFU since 2014. They lead an option run-pass (RPO) offense and QB Sam Hartman has had a big season. The fourth-year appellant leads the ACC with 33 completed passes from over 30 yards, which ranks second among FBS quarterbacks. Hartman threw for 8,962 yards and 69 touchdowns during his career at Wake Forest.
AT Perry and Jaquarii Roberson give the offense two dynamic 1,000 receivers while the running game is run by a committee led by Christian Beal-Smith, Christian Turner and Judge Ellison. Wake Forest became the 82nd team in the modern era of college football (post WWII) to score 500 or more points in a single season. The Demon Deacons’ 536 points are fifth in the nation this season.
With the offense throwing the ball so often, they are prone to errors and threw 15 interceptions and allowed 32 sacks,
Defensively, the Demon Deacons are quite poor and allow over 30 points per game. They are average against the pass but fight against the race.
The special teams play was average with their only strength being the kicking returns as they averaged 23.5 yards per return which is the 30th best nationally.
Overall, it’s a bad game on paper and the circumstances of this game give Wake Forest an even bigger advantage. Their firepower on offense could be a major problem for Rutgers, especially without even knowing for sure what the deep two will look like for this game. While WFU struggles to defend the run, the Scarlet Knights struggled with consistent ground play and Isaih Pacheco needs a waiver to even play. Aside from a lack of preparation time, the Demon Deacons are making their seventh consecutive bowl appearance.
We’ll have plenty of additional coverage on Rutgers football and its Gator Bowl opponent, Wake Forest, in the week ahead.