It is that time of the week to check in and see how the Wake Forest opponents both past and future fared in Week 6 of the college football season. The Deacs have an open date this week, so we should be able to just sit back and watch some of these teams this weekend.
Opponent Combined Record in Week 6: 5-5
Opponent Combined Overall Record: 43-21
(2-4) Boston College 3—Clemson 31 (6-0)
Pretty expected result on this one. Surprisingly, the game was tied 3-3 for much of the first half until Clemson finally found the end-zone at the end of the 2nd quarter. They went to score 21 more unanswered in the second half for the easy win. Another not so great game for Jurkovec, who completed just 19 of his 40 attempts for 188 yards. The BC rushing attack also struggled yet again with 30 rushes for 34 yards.
(3-3) Louisville 34—Virginia 17
Pretty solid win for Louisville, considering they were missing Malik Cunningham and Tiyon Evans, who have combined for over 700 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns on the ground this season. Backup QB Brock Domann threw for 275 yards, 1 touchdown, and 2 interceptions while also rushing for 71 yards and a touchdown to lead the way for the Cardinals. The Cavs managed to outdo Boston College this week, rushing for a whopping 6 yards on 25 carries. I don’t want to take anything away from Louisville because it’s a big deal when you can get a road win without your 2 best players, but man Virginia just looks awful this season.
(5-1) NC State 19—Florida State 17 (4-2)
So maybe Florida State isn’t exactly back. The Noles had a 17-3 lead at the half and managed not to score a single point for the rest of the game. Devin Leary left due to injury in the second half and NC State completed a single pass afterwards for -5 yards. Let me repeat that, the Wolfpack completed 1 pass (from a wide receiver to the quarterback no less) for -5 yards in about a quarter and a half and came back from 14 points down to win the game. Jordan Travis made the inexplicable decision to chuck the ball up for grabs late in the 4th quarter despite being in field goal range down just 2 points, and NC State picked off the pass to win the game. Big win for NC State, but really FSU kind of just blew this one.
(5-1) North Carolina 27—Miami 24
The Tar Heels went into Coral Gables and came away with a road win against the Miami Hurricanes—the last team to accomplish that was...3-3 MTSU, who just lost back-to-back games against UAB and UTSA. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but Miami might have been slightly overrated to start the season. Somehow, Tyler Van Dyke finished the game 42-57 for 496 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 1 interception, and Miami still lost the game—that’s nearly 500 yards on a 75% completion rate. Drake Maye looked a little bit more like a freshman against the Canes, throwing 2 interceptions to go along with his 309 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Heels are 5-1 and I honestly still don’t know if they are actually good.
(4-2) Duke 20—Georgia Tech 23
Clearly Geoff Collins was just one of the worst coaches ever, because the Yellow Jackets are 2-0 since they fired him—that’s 2/3 of the way to matching their win total in the past 3 seasons in just 2 games. Duke managed just 278 total yards and Riley Leonard struggled, completing just 20 of his 41 attempts for 136 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception. The Blue Devils may be coming back down to earth after a hot start against some not-so-great teams.
(5-1) Liberty 42—UMass 24
UMass has won 21 games in the past decade, so this game really means nothing. Liberty’s only loss remains their 1-point loss at the hands of Wake Forest.
(3-3) Vanderbilt 28—Ole Miss 52
Vandy is obviously much improved this season, but they still aren’t good enough to compete week in and week out with the teams in the SEC. Missouri is probably the only winnable game left on their schedule. AJ Swann has completed over 60% of his passes for 800 yards and 8 touchdowns with 0 interceptions since winning the starting job after the Wake game, so they Dores may be in good hands for the foreseeable future.
The Deacs will play Boston College in 2 weeks for a chance to get bowl eligible.