News, Awards, and Tidbits
The first thing that comes to mind for the game this weekend is that the temperatures are not expected to get over 48 degrees. That means it’s going to be cold for the 1st half and freezing for the rest of the game.
Bud Foster is being honored for the game. It’s a big deal, and the defense is going to be on the spot tomorrow. Wake has a running QB and a good passing attack.
Divine Deablo gets the #25
After last week’s amazing performance, Divine keeps it going during the week, and earns the honor to wear the #25 for the 2nd time.
The game events are listed in this. Everyone who is in Blacksburg needs to get to their seats by 3:00pm for the ceremony honoring Bud.
Since the Duke debacle, we’ve seen a different Virginia Tech team. It’s not as if the Hokies are world-beaters, but they are playing more inspired football on both sides. Defensively, this group has limitations, but they are playing hard and led by some standout young players and veteran MLB Rayshard Ashby. Offensively, the Hokies get Hendon Hooker back. That is great news. While I think the Hokies will move the football and score, I have very little confidence the defense can stop a strong Wake Forest offense. Bud will need to have a few tricks up his sleeve to get pressure on Jamie Newman and possibly create a turnover—or two. In the end, I just think Wake Forest does enough to pull this one out.
Wake Forest 38, Hokies 34
After nearly escaping Notre Dame with a huge victory, the Hokies return to Blacksburg in what should be an entertaining ACC clash. Wake Forest is 7-1, having only lost in a 62-59 shoot out with Louisville. Their offense has scored at least 22 points in all of their games this year, including 44 on NC State last weekend. Bud Foster’s defense will give the Deamon Deacons a much harder time, as the crowd in Lane Stadium is in full voice. I expect to see a combination of Hendon Hooker passing and Quincy Patterson rush offense.
I just don’t know. There is part of me that thinks that the defense is just not up to stopping Wake’s Offense. There is another part of me that says maybe we exercised those demons finally and between Ashby, Tisdale, and Hollifield they understand not to let dual threat quarterbacks run wild. The Demon Deacs don’t have a top notch defense. It’s competent but can be beaten. Hendon Hooker is supposed to be back. Maybe we’ll see an intermediate game with slashing outside runs. Maybe the secondary is healthy after last week, and we see Wake searching for targets but not finding them. Maybe. It all gives me a headache. Wake hasn’t blown out a functioning peer. NC State is not a functioning peer by any stretch.
I’ll take a guess and say:
28 - 24 Hokies
Wake Forest comes in rocking a 7-1 record, but the “best” team they have defeated is the 5-4 Boston College Eagles. They do have a win against that dangerous UNC squad, and a close fought shootout against Louisville, but it is difficult to call the Demon Deacons tested. The Hokies are coming off an emotional near-miss loss against a storied program. I think these young men are amped and can see what they are capable of achieving. At Lane, in front of a home crowd, the Hokies take this one.
How do you think that it’s going to go?
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It’s Bud’s day, the defense rises to the occasion and the offense plays a solid game. Tech scores at least 28, and wins with an O/U below 60
Bud’s day or not, his defenses can’t control a running QB. Today wasn’t the tonic for it, either. The game gets away from the D in the 2nd half. Wake gets past 28, and the O/U stays below 50.
Hokies have Hooker back. There is confidence in the Offense. A serious shootout develops and the O/U approaches 70 with Tech edging out the Deacs.
A shootout develops with an O/U above 70. The lead see-saws back and forth, but Wake puts the ball across the goal line late to edge Tech by a few.