Both Wake Forest and Boston College roll into #therivalry game tomorrow afternoon in Chestnut Hill with a 1-0 record. Each team seeks to continue their undefeated run to begin the year with a win in the conference opener. BC, fresh off a road win against Northern Illinois last week, enters with some injury concern on their offensive front but features an offense who rattled off an impressive 92 plays in the opener. Wake, on the other hands, takes to the road for the first time this year coming off a massive home win against an overmatched Presbyterian in the opener.
What does the Blogger So Dear crew expect from this one? Let’s take a look.
Riley: Let's roll with Wake Forest 28-24. In a slightly higher than expected score, Wake holds off BC thanks to a big time play by Greg Dortch in the 4th quarter. The special teams advantage for Wake Forest will be the difference in this one, as field position plays a pivotal role in these matchups. Wolford is steady, but nothing dazzling, while Arkeem Byrd makes his presence felt out of the backfield as well.
Rob: Wake Forest wins 24-20
I have some concerns about our secondary in general, but BC losing their starting center is a big loss. I believe that we will find a way to generate enough big plays to score on this BC defense. This is a critical game in just the second week of the season, but I think we will be 2-0 at the conclusion of #therivalry.
Grumpy: Wake 17-14. I know this edition of #therivalry features HIGH-POWERED offenses that have driven the O/U to about 45 points, but I ain't buying it. BC-Wake is a war of attrition. I'm scared to even predict as many points as I did. This one can definitely go either way, but I'll take Wake by a FG.
Cam: Wake 27 BC 17. A tough physical game from the start but the freshman QB will make mistakes against this very tough defense. The Deacs need to prove though that this offense isn't a fluke.
Elijah: Wake 24-BC 21. Nothing but positive vibes continues for the Deacs. While ACC play begins early and Presbyterian isn't exactly a strong warmup, the Deacs will continue to lean on Dortch and Wolford to score enough points against the Eagles.
Look for Zeek and Bates to carry the team defensively as they make just enough plays to win the game.
Ned: Wake Forest 28-21
It won't be easy, but the Deacs will take their second consecutive W in Chestnut Hill and start the season 2-0. Jay Sawvel will bring an aggressive approach to disrupt true freshman QB Anthony Brown and try and force turnovers early. The offense will continue to look completely refreshed and Greg Dortch will find his way onto the scoresheet once again. On to Homecoming...
Ed: Wake Forest 27-Boston College 24
With slightly improved offenses on both sides (maybe wishful thinking) this edition of #TheRivalry sees a few more points on the board than previous ones. In the end the experience of Wake's offense over BC's leads to a win in a game that once again mostly highlights the defenses.
Bart: Wake 27 Boston College 20.
This should be a battle throughout and honestly I believe both teams will have a shot to win this one and wouldn’t be surprised with any result (unless someone wins by 20+ in a blowout). The Wake offense will be tested much more this week than they were against Presbyterian but I also expect the Wake defense to put a ton of pressure on the BC backfield throughout the game, causing several mistakes for the Eagles offense. Let’s get it done Deacs.
Vegas Line: Pick’em (O/U 44.5, BC opened between -2.5 and -4 on most books)
BSD Average: Wake Forest 25-Boston College 20
What does everybody else think?