Head to head: Navy vs. Wake Forest

Next up for Navy is Wake Forest. Today GoMids.com compares different critical team areas of Navy and Wake Forest and indicates which team has the edge.

Navy
AREA
Wake Forest
COMMENTS
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Navy rushing offense
vs.
Wake Forest rushing defense
 
Navy leads the nation in rushing and piles up over 345 yards a game. Wake Forest has a pretty tough rushing defense (22nd nationally) but will have a challenge in Navy.  
 
Navy passing offense
vs.
Wake Forest passing defense
X  
Navy rarely passes and probably should avoid putting the ball in the air against Wake as the Demon Deacons have a solid passing defense.  
 
Wake Forest rushing offense
vs.
Navy rushing defense
X  
Wake Forest is no juggernaut at rushing the ball but they should be able to gain good yardage on Navy's young defense. The Deacons picked up 180 total rushing yards in their recent win over Florida State as Josh Adams rushed for 140.  
 
Wake Forest passing offense
vs.
Navy passing defense
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Wake gains about 200 yards a game on through the air. The bad news for Navy is that quarterback Riley Skinner, who led the Demon Deacons to the ACC Championship, is back after an injury. Kenneth Moore has 41 receptions so far in 2007 and has also rushed for over 200 yards. Navy is 91st nationally in pass defense, giving up over 250 yards a game through the air.  
 
Special Teams
X  
Sam Swank gives Wake the edge here. He's an outstanding kicker that rarely misses.  
E  
Coaching
E  
Even. Paul Johnson and Jim Grobe are two tough coaches who have taken programs that were in ruts and have made them consistent winners.  

Prediction:

Wake Forest 31
Navy 20


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