Army Adds Long Series with Wake Forest

With spring practice in full swing for the Black Knights and many other schools around the country, that other rite of spring football is also picking up pace. Future scheduling can occur year round, of course, but this break in the schedule for administrators and the like allows the athletic departments to work hard on picking up games which in all likelihood they will not be around to see.

On Tuesday Wake Forest released a long list of future opponents for their football program and Army featured prominently on that list. The two schools have agreed to a six game series which will take place up to and including the 2026 season. Army will host the Demon Deacons in 2021, 2024 and 2026, while they will visit Winston-Salem in 2016, 2022 and 2025. That is in addition to the game which will be played this upcoming season in West Point.

Army has previously played Wake Forest on 14 occasions, with the Demon Deacons winning 10 games to Army’s four. The most recent match up was a game last fall, where Army saw a 21-14 half time lead evaporate in the fourth quarter of a 24-21 loss. The game was a disheartening one for the Black Knights as they out-gained the Demon Deacons and just crushed them on the ground both offensively and defensively. Turnovers were the key, however, as Army lost two fumbles and was unable to make its dominance of the clock result in a victory.

This, however, is a good series for Army to lock in. Though it is nice to play some of the flashier FBS schools on occasion, the Black Knights are looking for games which they can win. Wake Forest is okay, and they do have the potential to get better in an ACC which is often up and down, but they are a team that Army can play and expect to be in the game with in the fourth quarter.

As Jeff Monken continues to build the program in his image as a head coach he needs to be playing these games and instilling confidence into his team. For that reason alone the series makes sense for Army.

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