Uniforms: Gold Helmets, White Jerseys, White Pants
Propagated: Alarm clock -16.5
More less: 63
ESPN Match Predictor: 76% chance of winning
Previous match: Wake 17 — Rutgers 10 (1999)
Last of the opponent: 40-16 loss to Maryland
Weather forecast: 72 degrees and mostly cloudy
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Who passed: Sam Hartman – 276-for-469, 58.8%, 3,924 yards, 36 touchdowns, 14 interceptions
To rush : Christian Beal Smith – 581 yards on 123 carries, 4.7 YPC, 7 TDs
Reception: To Perry – 61 catches for 1,166 yards, 19.1 YPC, 14 touchdowns
Defense: Ryan Smenda Jr. – 77 tackles, Luiji Villain – 9 bags, Redd Travel- 3 interceptions
Who passed: Noah Vedral – 172 against 290, 59.3%, 1,726 yards, 7 touchdowns, 6 interceptions
To rush : Isaih Pacheco – 647 yards on 167 carries, 3.9 YPC, 5 TDs
Reception: Bo Melton – 55 catches for 618 yards, 11.2 YPC, 3 touchdowns
Defense: Olakunle Fatukasi – 81 tackles and 3.5 sacks, Max Melton – 1 interception
When Wake Forest has the ball
It all starts with Sam Hartman in the unorthodox offensive. Hartman is within 100 yards of 4000 for the season and comes in with 36 touchdowns. Wake has averaged over 40 points per game and despite WR Roberson’s absence as he prepares for the NFL Draft, the Deacs will still have AT Perry who actually led the team with 1,166 yards. on reception and 14 touchdowns.
The slow read option needs a running threat, and the Deacs have relied on a committee approach. In Rutgers’ last game, the Scarlet Knight defense gave Maryland 40 points. Wake Forest should be able to move the ball and hopefully capitalize on a “weaker” opponent on paper.
When Rutgers has the ball
Rutgers has averaged just under 21 points per game this season, which isn’t a lot. Certainly, the Deacs’ defense has had its ups and downs this season. As the game draws closer, it looks like Rutgers will be shorthanded with potentially four of his best playmakers missing due to injury.
If Wake Forest manages to gain the advantage, the defense should be able to play much more comfortably and have their ears stuck.
Wake Forest has had a great season. Let’s make sure this is established with double digit wins and a chance to win the ACC Championship. While not playing against a bigger schedule at Texas A&M due to the pandemic may be hard to swallow for the bowl game, the Deacs still stand a chance of securing 11 wins and ending a great season strong.