Head-to-head: Vanderbilt vs. Wake Forest

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

VANDERBILT
EDGE
AREA
Wake Forest
EDGE
COMMENTS
EVEN  
Vanderbilt rushing offense
vs.
Wake Forest rushing defense
EVEN  
This matchup pits the No. 85 (136.4 ypg) rushing offense against the No. 98 (194.9 ypg) rushing defense. Vanderbilt's Kennard Reeves was the fourth string running back just a few weeks ago. Now he's the man and has 62 carries for 242 yards. Third string running back Wesley Tate may get more carries this week. Wake Forest linebacker Hunter Haynes leads his team in tackles with 70. Fellow linebacker Kyle Wilber was switched from the defensive end position just a couple weeks ago. Wilber has an impressive 14 1/2 tackles for losses.  
EVEN  
Vanderbilt passing offense
vs.
Wake Forest passing defense
EVEN  
In this matchup, the No. 114 passing offense faces the No. 90 passing defense. Vanderbilt's Larry Smith has completed 117-of-247 for 6 touchdowns and 5 interceptions, however, he may not play due to two injuries. Backup Jared Funk who has completed 25-of-48 for 4 touchdowns and 4 interceptions is more likely to play. Tight end Brandon Barden has 31 receptions for 376 yards and 3 touchdowns. Freshman receiver Jordan Matthews has made a touchdown reception in each the past three games. Alex Frye leads the Demon Deacons in interceptions with three but did not play in Wake's 30-10 loss to Clemson. Daniel Mack and Kenny Okoro each have two picks for the Deacons. Wake Forest is No. 77 is sacks made while Vanderbilt is No. 109 in sacks allowed.  
EVEN  
Wake Forest rushing offense
vs.
Vanderbilt rushing defense
EVEN  
Wake Forest's No. 63 (152 ypg) rushing offense faces the No. 95 (190 ypg) Vandy rushing defense. Josh Adams is listed as the starting tailback for WF. Adams has 274 yards rushing for two touchdowns. Josh Harris averages 5.4 yards per carry and has six touchdowns this season. Fullback Tommy Bohanon has rushed for just 77 yards this season. Vanderbilt safety Sean Richardson leads the Commodores in tackles with 90. Linebacker Chris Marve has 75.  
EVEN  
Wake Forest passing offense
vs.
Vanderbilt passing defense
EVEN  
This matchup pits the No. 111 (150 ypg) Wake Forest passing offense against the No. 96 (240 ypg) passing defense. Quarterback Tanner Price has completed 127-of-227 passes for 1,276 yards, 7 touchdowns and 8 interceptions. His favorite targets are wide outs Devon Brown (35 catches) and Chris Givens (34 catches). Vanderbilt's Casey Hayward is tied for fifth nationally in interceptions with six. Wake is No. 79 in sacks allowed while Vanderbilt is 77th in sacks made.  
EVEN
Special Teams
EVEN  
Vanderbilt is No. 33 nationally in net punting (38 ypp). Vanderbilt's Richard Kent average 41.8 yards per punt with a long of 63. Wake Forest is No. 117 in net punting (31.4 ypp). Shane Popham has averaged 37 yards per punt, his longest going 63 yards. Vanderbilt averages 7.1 yard per punt return while Wake is returning punts an average of 8.4 yards. Vanderbilt returns kickoffs 22.25 yards on average while Wake returns them an average of 21 yards. Vandy allows opponents to return punts 6 yards while Wake is allowing 9.2 yards per return. The Commodores and Deacons both allow about 21.5 yards per kickoff return. Ryan Fowler of Vanderbilt has made 6-of-9 field goals with a long of 31. Jimmy Newman has connected on 10-of-11 field goals with a long of 48 yards.  
 
Coaching
 
Jim Grobe is in his 10th season at Wake Forest and has 61-60 record. He led the Deacons to an Orange Bowl berth a few years back. Vanderbilt's Robbie Caldwell is 2-9 in his first year as head coach of the Commodores. He has over 30 years of experience as an assistant coach.  
 
Intangibles
 
It's a Vanderbilt home game and Senior Day. The Commodores can send their seniors out with a win for only the fifth time in the past 50 years. Wake likely won't travel well with the dismal season and long drive from Winston-Salem. Both teams will be likely playing for their coaches jobs. More so in Vanderbilt's case.  

PREDICTION: Vanderbilt 28, Wake Forest 24.

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