Sports writers seem to think better of Wake Forest this week, as a couple of them have moved the Deacs up to 5th in the ACC power rankings. Another huge divisional game this week, as the Fridge brings his Maryland Terrapins into Winston-Salem fresh off a victory against Clemson. Onto the links...
ACC Football Power Rankings
The 5th spot might as well go to the Deacs, who handed Stanford its only loss so far.
ACC INSIDER: Fifth quarter … Flip those standings – ACC Insider - Wilmington Star
Wake Forest, B: The Deacons needed a win in the worst way and they got it, riding the talented right arm of Riley Skinner and a defense that gave up some big plays, but made the two biggest of the game by intercepting N.C. State’s Russell Wilson twice. Skinner made up for an inability to run the ball by throwing for a career high 361 yards and three touchdowns. Wide receivers Chris Givens also had a big day by catching eight passes for 113 yards and the game-winning touchdown while returning four kickoffs for 97 yards.
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5. Wake Forest (3-2, 1-1; LW No. 9): With their wins over Stanford and NC State, it’s time to give the Deacs credit and take them seriously as a contender for the Atlantic Division. They’ll need some help from the rest of the league against Boston College, but they’ve proven they can overcome both youth and injuries with the help of coaching and a veteran quarterback.
Tracking the Terps: Fridge looks ahead to Wake - baltimoresun.com
"This game with Wake (Saturday) is a very big game for us," Fridge said today. "Clemson and Florida State were the teams to beat in this division, and both of them have two losses now."
Adams, Deacons too much for Wolfpack - NC State - News & Observer
"Once I got stopped, I was like, I can’t afford to be stopped by this one man," Adams said. "I just kept my head down and kept my feet moving."
Starters rule the floor in Hawks' scrimmage | ajc.com
Hawks assistant coach Larry Drew is working to change at least one part of Jeff Teague's game. He's trying to get the rookie point guard to be more vocal on the floor with his veteran teammates. "The one thing all young guys want to do is to fit in," Drew said. "Going through that whole process, the one thing he has to understand is that you have to continue to do the things that got you here. If you are a leader by nature, you have to continue to be a leader, regardless of how young you are. Because those are traits that a point guard, and particularly one like Jeff who is quiet by nature, has to get better at."
ACC has growth spurt at '3' - Pickeral - News & Observer
Meanwhile, Duke's Kyle Singler (6-8) and Wake Forest's Al-Farouq Aminu (6-9) are expected to move from their post positions to the 3 spot, making for sizable (and formidable) frontcourts.
Welcome back to ACC Roulette! Starring the masters, Maryland and Virginia - Dr. Saturday - NCAAF - Yahoo! Sports
So Maryland and Virginia, the conference's worst teams over the first four weeks, led by beleaguered coaches bound for the chopping block, currently sit atop their respective divisions at 1-0 in conference play. At least one of them is going to a bowl game for the third straight year. You know this; you can't explain it, but you know it. And so it begins.
Pack succumbs to mistakes - Sports - News & Observer
But what should be disturbing for N.C. State is that Wake Forest committed as many turnovers (three) and was called for more penalties than the Wolfpack -- and still won.
The Daily Gamecock - Ten Things We Learned: Week 5 of College Football
6. Dabo is in trouble Dabo Swinney was all the rage at the school up to the north last fall, but at 2-3, with an atrocious loss to horrific Maryland fresh in their minds, could the Clemson faithful turn on the Boy Wonder? With Wake Forest, Miami, Florida State, N.C. State and the Gamecocks all remaining on the schedule, 5-7 or 4-8 is a real possibility for the Tigers.
Scout.com: Big Potential, Big Swagger
Wake Forest- "I've been there plenty of times. Nothing around there, which is good. That will just get you in trouble. Good program. They have talent and discipline."
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"If I changed it would probably be an in-state school," he said. "But it would take something serious to change."