2007 Opponent Previewâ€¦Wake Forest
Predictions about Wake Forest for 2007 run the gamut from first place to last place in the ACC's Atlantic Division and every spot in between. Raw talent? Not there. But that was true a year ago when they won the ACC. The Demon Deacons pulled out a lot of close games to shock the nation. Can they do it again?
Riley Skinner lead the ACC in pass efficiency and he'll have much of his offensive line back as well as running back Micah Andrews (provided his knee ligament tear is not a lingering issue).
But for every bounce that went their way in 2006, it could easily go the opposite way in 2007. In fact, an 0-2 start seems likely. The Demon Deacons open at Boston College and then host Nebraska in one of the smallest stadiums in the country (that's sure to also have its share of Husker fans). Things could pick up from there as those are arguably the two toughest games on their slate. It also doesn't hurt that they'll again face the three teams from the ACC's Coastal division that finished with losing records in 2006 and Boston College will face the three winning teams. But this season they must navigate the ACC without some standout defenders in linebacker Jon Abbate and safeties Josh Gattis and Patrick Ghee that graduated. They also just lost a projected starter at linebacker for the season to academic trouble.
Last year guaranteed the Deacons won't sneak up on anyone, but another division title is possible (though perhaps unlikely). It's hard to imagine an ACC championship game victory, but that was true a year ago. So while Wake figures to be among the first teams to drop out of the national championship hunt, they might well climb back into the ACC race and take another step forward in establishing their program.