The Deacs are 2-0 and set to open up ACC play Saturday against the winless Florida State Seminoles. Everyone remains perfect picking the outcome of games thus far, which is not shocking since Wake has easily outmatched their previous two opponents. With the Deacs set to take on a team that likely has equal or more talent on the field for the first time this season, how does the staff feel about Wake’s chances?
- Opponent: Florida State Seminoles
- Spread: Wake -4.5
- Over/Under: 61.5
Adam: Wake 31—FSU 28 | FSU -4.5 | Under
Wake Forest is 2-0 and I feel like I really don’t know anything about this team. The two teams we’ve played were so outmatched, the Deacs didn’t have to get too deep into the playbook or play the starters much longer than a half to secure the win. Now that the Deacs are taking on an ACC team, we will finally figure out how the offense and defense match up against some similar competition. Florida State hasn’t won a game yet and is coming off a loss to an FCS opponent, which in my mind means one of two things: They are going to be hyper-focused to get their first win of the season, or they are going to be dejected and dwell on the loss to Jacksonville State. My guess would definitely be on the former. As the Deacs haven’t been tested yet this season, I think Florida State could jump out to a 10 or 14 point lead in the first half. As Wake settles back into playing against ACC caliber competition, they will take the lead late to move to 3-0 on the season.
Elijah: Wake 38—FSU 35 | FSU +4.5 | Over
Florida State limps into the game after a shocking loss to an FCS school. With the Seminoles sitting at 0-2, look for FSU to be desperate to start their ACC schedule strong.
After looking much better than anticipated against the Fighting Irish, last week’s game really makes me wonder which Florida State team will show up.
Wake Forest ironically comes in with mystery as well. Although taking care of their FCS matchup, how good are these Deacs really? With the schedule ramping up into conference play, the Deacs are hopeful to lean on Hartman and the improved defense so far.
In my head, I think Florida State has the better overall athletes but with my heart, I believe the Deacs are better positioned with more consistency and motivation. I’ll go with my heart and say the Deacs win an extremely close contest, 38-35.
Cam: Wake 31—FSU 17 | Wake -4.5 | Under
There’s just not a whole of anything that point to FSU winning this game. Staying in it? Absolutely. The run game is pretty good (or at least it appears so), they have a good DL, Milton can turn it on… but the WR corps is abysmal, OL can’t stop shooting themselves jn the foot and are razor thin, they might be even more thin at LB, and the DBs haven’t shown they can make plays. If Wake actually shows up to play, not like they did against Louisville the last two years, they should be able to beat this FSU team that just isn’t all that good.
SF: Wake 24—FSU 14 | Wake -4.5 | Under
I don’t think it’s going to be a blowout or anything, but the fact is that a team that just lost to Jacksonville State at home is probably going to have trouble against this Wake team, even though the Deacs have trouble in their own right. I’m with Cam. If the Deacs show up and/or FSU doesn’t, Wake will TCB.
Average: Wake 31—FSU 24 | Wake -4.5 | Under
It looks like the staff still feels great about Wake Forest chances against the Florida State Seminoles, with all 4 picking the Deacs to take care of business.