After jumping out to a 2-0 start on the season, including a critical 24-14 road conference victory over Duke, Wake Forest returns to action late tomorrow afternoon against FCS foe Delaware. The Blue Hens, perhaps best known for producing ELITE Joe Flacco, have experienced a good amount of success at the FCS level. This year’s rendition of the Blue Hens enter this contest at 2-0, just like the Demon Deacons, and are looking to knock off an ACC opponent as they head into conference play.
What does the BSD staff expect to see tomorrow? Let’s check it out:
Bart: Wake 34-13. While the over/under and spread on this game (for entertainment purposes only) indicate that it will be low scoring, I expect the Demon Deacon offense to pick up where it left off against Duke with Hinton at the helm. Wake’s defense has been dominant at times through eight quarters this year, allowing only 17 points through two games, and Duke Ejiofor’s play on the defensive line has caused havoc for opposing offensive lines, quarterbacks, and running backs alike. I think Wake jumps out to a quick lead in the first half and coasts to a comfortable three touchdown victory.
Grumpy: Wake 24-10. I hope the actual result is better than this, but my prediction is tempered by the fact that Wake has only surpassed 24 points once since 2013 (against Elon in last year's opener). For what it's worth at this point in the season, Sagarin has Delaware as a 7 point underdog to Tulane on a neutral field (and as a 22 point favorite over this year's Elon team). It would be encouraging to go up big in the first half and get the backups some reps in the second half, though.
Chris: I like Wake 20-3. Delaware likes to run the ball and run clock, so the scoring could be pretty low. Wake's pass rush is its strongest defensive suit, so taking away the pass game altogether should mean the ability to stack the box and stop the run. The offense needs to continue to focus on not turning the ball over and not making mistakes. This should be an easy win.
Ned: Wake 24-9. Kendall Hinton's first start since winning the QB job will end up in a W, but the Deacs won't run away with it like many might expect. Rarely does Wake Forest blow out an opponent regardless of talent level, and I don't see that being any different this weekend. Cade Carney pushes his TD total for the year to 4 and Kendall runs one in himself as well. The Deacs' D continues to impress and keeps their opponents out of the endzone for the 2nd time this year. 3-0 and were headed to Bloomington.
Adam: Wake 31-6. Carney and Hinton shred the defense on the ground in the run game, keeping us in ahead of the sticks and not having to throw on 3rd and long. Moral is high from the win in Durham last weekend, and the Deacs will be amped up and ready to play against Delaware. We saw what Carney could do last week against an ACC defense, and I fully expect him to do much of the same on Saturday.
Rob: Wake Forest wins 27-6. All I care about in this game is to win and to come away without any injuries headed into Indiana. Wake Forest is about a 20-point favorite according to Sagarin, so hopefully this game is a snooze fest in the second half and we are essentially in chew clock mode. I expect us to use more base plays, so that we can maybe save some wrinkles for the Indiana game. Worst case, is that Kendall Hinton will probably be able to make plays with his feet and we will move the ball that way. Even if the offense gets off to a slow start, I fully expect the Wake defense prevent the Blue Hens from putting many points on the scoreboard. Besides, we sure as hell can't lose to a team with a running back named Thomas Jefferson.
Jake: 28-10 Wake. Delaware scores a TD on a trick play but otherwise can't get their running game going like normal. The Deacon receivers finally get more involved and Cortez Lewis and Cam Serigne catch the first two TD passes of the season. Cade Carney puts it out of reach in the 4th after Delaware hangs around through 3.
Riley: Wake 31-10 behind three more Carney touchdowns and an offense that sees the rush game top the 250 yard mark after an impressive effort moving the ball last week against Duke.
Average BSD: Wake 27-8 (hey it’s doable)
Well, the consensus appears to be that the Deacs will take care of business against Delaware tomorrow and move to 3-0 to square off against Indiana in Bloomington next week. Hopefully Wake is able to take care of business and there will be no cause for concern for Demon Deacon faithful as the game turns to the second half.
What do y’all expect to see? Let us know your game predictions below and if you have any questions or concerns, drop us a line or shoot someone on the staff an email. As always, go Deacs!