Wake Forest University is a southern school that plays men’s football in the Atlantic Division of the tough Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). This squad faces difficult challenges on the gridiron almost every week of every season.
That’s the price the school needs to pay for being a member of a conference packed with very good teams. Last season, 2014, proves just how steep is the uphill battle that faces the Demon Deacons (that’s what they’re called) when they take the field against Conference opponents. And, in fact, the same problem tends to plague this squad when it plays games against non-conference foes.
Head Coach Dave Clawson, now in his second year, discovered first-hand the problem facing his squad when it played its 2014 schedule. The Demon Deacons finished the football year with a poor Won-Loss record of 3-9. The team’s performance against Conference foes was even worse. Wake Forest University won just one of eight contests.
Coach Clawson probably accepted the job knowing just how tough it was going to be to elevate the program and make the team more competitive. His recruiting and on-field coaching may already be paying dividends.
Wake Forest began the new 2015 Season at home on September 3rd against Elon University. The home team won easily by a score of 41-3. The squad’s next two games were played away from home. The Demon Deacons traveled to Syracuse University on September 12th and lost 30-17. The squad returned to upstate New York yesterday, September 19th and overcame the cadets of Army by a score of 17-14.
There are still lots of home games to be played, some of which will pit the Demon Deacons against ranked competitors. It all begins on September 26th when Wake Forest University hosts Indiana University. The 9th ranked Florida State Seminoles will visit the Demon Deacons on October 3rd, followed by North Carolina State University on October 24th, the University of Louisville on October 30th and the Duke Blue Devils on November 28th.
Road games provide lots of tough challenges for the Demon Deacons. The team will visit Boston College on October 10th, the University of North Carolina on October 17th, 8th ranked Notre Dame on November 14th and the 11th ranked Clemson Tigers on November 21st.
There are very few, if any, “soft touches” on the schedule for Wake Forest University. But, if the Demon Deacons really want to improve, the slate of games facing them this season is perfect.
After all, you have to beat the best to be the best. The Demon Deacons are going to find out just how far their program has advanced.
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