Both teams enter this game with plenty to prove. After last season's 24-21 victory for Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, Army seeks revenge. While this season is in West Point, the Demon Deacons believe they are substantially better than last year.
Both teams had chances to win against middling opponents (Connecticut beat Army 22-17). This is a winnable game for both teams. And frankly, both teams could use positive momentum down the stretch.
To provide more insight on the Black Knights, Army's beat writer Sal Interdonato (follow him HERE for all things Army football) for the Times-Herald Record answered some questions for us.
1. Ahmad Bradshaw accounts for five of Army’s seven touchdowns between his legs and his arm. What kind of mismatches does he present?
Bradshaw is Army's toughest runner and the hardest to tackle. He makes tacklers miss often and breaks a lot of arm tackles.
2. The Black Knights are always known for their lethal running attack. Who are Army’s biggest running threats and what problems do they pose on the ground?
Bradshaw has accounted for 272 of Army's 436 rushing yards. Army graduated 2,884 rushing yards including 1,000-yard fullback Larry Dixon from last season. The Black Knights are still looking to find a running identity besides Bradshaw. Freshman slotback Jordan Asberry has showed speed to get to the outside, averaging 8.9 yards on just seven carries.
3. How does Army strategize for a team that has superior athletes and greater size?
Army's offense needs to control the clock, something it did not do against UConn last week when the Huskies won time of possession 2 to 1. Army's defensive line of John Voit, T.J. Atimalala and Jordan Smith did more than hold their own against an UConn offensive line, which averaged 307 pounds per man. The trio combined for 18 tackles and helped hold Ron Johnson, UConn's leading rusher, to 39 yards on 18 carries.
4. After going toe-to-toe with Wake Forest in Winston-Salem last season, what is Army’s mindset heading into this game?
Army's desperate for a win. The Black Knights have lost their first two games by a total of seven points. Both games were decided late in the fourth quarter. This is a younger Army team than last season. Sixteen freshmen played against UConn.
5. Wake Forest is a 2-point favorite on the road. How do you see this game playing out and what is your score prediction?
Expect Army to make someone other than Wake Forest quarterback John Wolford beat them. The Black Knights are a blitzing team and will throw different pressures at Wolford. Wouldn't surprise me if this game is tight late. I'll go Army 24, Wake Forest 21, flipping the result of last year's game.
Thanks again Sal for spending some time with us here at Blogger So Dear!