Even though it is Homecoming, Wake Forest is not a typical Homecoming level team. Their only loss was a narrow loss to Florida State and they have surpassed Boston College as ‘the toughest team we play’ in the conference.

 

Their talent is worse than Boston College and is more fitting of a Group of Five team, particularly in the secondary and the offensive line. But unlike other teams with a lower talent level, they play beyond their talent level and are extremely well coached.

 

Clemson’s defense is one of the best in the nation, and can overwhelm Wake Forest’s offense. However, senior quarterback John Wolford can engineer the offense and is an efficient player. Cam Seringe is an excellent tight end will

 

Their defense is sound and Clemson’s offense will have to out-execute their defense and work to move the ball down the field. Senior defensive end Duke Ejiofor is a solid pass rusher that Mitch Hyatt will have to neutralize this Saturday. Wake Forest’s defensive line is the deepest Clemson has seen outside of Auburn this year and will harass Bryant throughout the afternoon.

 

Greg Dortch is their starting wide receiver, and is a small “jitterbug” that is an excellent punt returner. If Clemson does not play disciplined in the return game, Wake can change the game in a punt return for six points.

 

Make no mistake, Clemson is more talented than Wake Forest – but Wake Forest is a different Wake Forest than three years ago. Clemson will need to show up, the students will need to stay for the entire game, and as Coach Swinney says, “create a national championship environment” to win this game.

Prediction: Clemson 35 Wake Forest 24