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The Football Over-Unders for 2015: Wake Forest

This article is another in a series of articles in which the Confidential opines regarding the over/under for football wins in 2015.  We’ll take a cursory look at the schedule and determine what we think is the point where folks will struggle to select “over” or “under.”  We hope people will share their comments as to “why” they are going over/under.  If you disagree with our over/under choice, of course, feel free to let us know too.  The next team up: Wake Forest.  We are going with an over/under of 3.5 regular season wins.

  1. September 3 vs. Elon
  2. September 12 @ Syracuse
  3. September 19 @Army
  4. September 26 vs. Indiana
  5. October 3 vs. Florida State
  6. October 10 @ Boston College
  7. October 17 @ North Carolina
  8. October 24 vs. North Carolina State
  9. October 30 vs. Louisville
  10. November 14 @ Notre Dame
  11. November 21 @ Clemson
  12. November 28 vs. Duke

Likely wins: Elon, Army, Indiana

Likely losses: @ Notre Dame, @ Clemson, Florida State, Louisville

Summary: Wake Forest walks into the season with two or three likely wins and at least four likely losses.  That leaves five toss-up games: @ Syracuse, @ Boston College, @ North Carolina, vs. North Carolina State, and vs. Duke.  Would it shock you to see Wake Forest lose all of those games?  Not really.  The Demon Deacons have a ways to go.  It is nice that they get to play all of the North Carolina schools this year though.  The Confidential goes with an over-under of 3.5 wins.

What do you think?  Over or under?  Let us know.

Prior discussions: Florida State & Georgia Tech

 

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7 thoughts on “The Football Over-Unders for 2015: Wake Forest

  1. brianfsu9 on said:

    Wake is a hard team to gauge. I think talent wise and development wise they have improved. I am still not a 100% sold on their coach, but I am also not saying he is bad either. Wake I think will be better at the game of football, but you will not see it necessarily in the W-L record.

    Last year they were 3-9, with a tough/close win against Army at home and even Gardner Webb was a fight. Then VT essentially impaled itself on the field in 2 OTs for Wake’s 3rd win. They had a scrappy defense that made other games closer than they should have been, but their offense was really bad. I say you see more balance overall… the defense takes a step back (losing their best player on D), and their offense gets better (it has to right?). But they have some tricky games.

    Elon should be a win. Syracuse is on the road but I think they will struggle early. My gut says Wake is either 1-1 with a close loss, or actually 2-0. Then they go to Army 7 days later in the same state of NY. Army’s option attack gave Wake fits, and I think Army wins at their house. I will also say, it is unlikely that Wake walks out of NY with 2 wins, so either Syracuse or Army gets them. That makes them 2-1.

    Then they play Indiana. Indiana’s coach is on the hot seat, and FSU is the next week, which means that game could be tough on Wake. Also, Indiana actually runs the ball well. I think Wake loses that game, goes 2-2, looking ahead to FSU.

    They then lose to FSU in a closer game than the experts think. They then spiral, as teams at Wakes level tend to do, losing 2 straight road games. At this point they are 2-5.

    Then NCSU, who I think will have a great offense and will be coming off a bye; they will likely win. I think Louisville will win a tough game. Then with 2 weeks off Wake scares the crap out of ND, but loses. Wake then loses to Clemson, badly. Finally, they shock everyone with a win against Duke, who is having a down year. Wake finishes 3-9.

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