Vanderbilt Opponent #1: Wake Forest Demon Deacons

Vanderbilt and Wake Forest both hope to get their seasons off on a winning note when the two teams face off for a Thursday night game. VandyMania gives an early scouting report on the Demon Deacons and makes a prediction on the game's outcome. This is the first in a series of 11 evaluations of Vanderbilt's 2005 opponents.

Date: Sept. 1, 2005
Site: Groves Stadium

Wake Forest

Head coach: Jim Grobe (22-26 at Wake Forest)

2004 Record: 4-7, 1-7 ACC

Top Returnees:

OFFENSE: QB Cory Randolph. Sr; TB Chris Barclay, Sr.; WR Nate Morton, Jr.; WR Willie Idlette, Jr.; TE Zac Selmon, So.; OT Steve Vallos, Jr.; OG Arby Jones, Jr.; OG Greg Adkins, Sr.; OT Matt Brim, So.;

DEFENSE: DE Matt Robinson, So.; DT Goryal Scales, Sr.; DE Jyles Tucker, Jr.; MLB Jonathan Abbate, So; SS Patrick Ghee, Jr.; FS Josh Gattis, Jr.

2004 Results

Sept. 4 at Clemson, L 2OT 30-37
Sept. 11 at East Carolina, W 31-17
Sept. 18 North Carolina A&T, W 42-3
Sept. 25 Boston College, W 17-14
Oct 2. at NC State, L OT 21-27
Oct 9. Virginia Tech, L 10-17
Oct 23. Florida State, L 17-20
Oct 30. Duke, W 24-22
Nov 13. North Carolina, L 24-31
Nov 20. at Miami, L 7-52
Nov 27. at Maryland, L 7-13

2005 Schedule

Sept. 1 Vanderbilt
Sept. 10 at Nebraska
Sept. 17 East Carolina
Sept. 24 Maryland
Oct. 1 Clemson
Oct. 8 at Florida State
Oct. 15 at Boston College
Oct. 22 NC State
Oct. 29 at Duke
Nov. 5 at Georgia Tech
Nov. 17 Miami

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Wake Forest 2004 Statistics

Category..................NCAA ..AVG
Rushing Offense ......... 17.....206.1
Passing Offense ........  109 ...145.2
Total Offense ............76 ....351.2
Scoring Offense ......... 93 ....20.9
Rushing Defense ..........68 ....157.9
Passing Defense ........  84 ....235.2
Total Defense ............71 ....393.2
Scoring Defense ......... 41 ....23.0
Turnover Margin.......... 18 ....0.64
Net Punting ..............37 ....36.9

REMARKS: An interesting early season matchup between private schools of the nation's two top football conferences. Even though the Deacons won twice as many games as Vanderbilt in 2004, they still had some simularities to Vandy's 2004 season. The Deacs led in 9 of 11 games but ended up with just 4 wins. The Deacs return most of their offense (9) and 6 defensive starters. Areas of concern for Wake include the center position and cornerback positions. One other factor that might work in Vanderbilt's favor is the suspension of star starting tailback Chris Barclay, who rushed for over 1,000 yards in each of the past two seasons.

EARLY PREDICTION: These are two close teams in talent. This is definately a game Vanderbilt is capable of winning but Wake has the edge. Wake's veteran offense will grind out a win at home on the ground. Most likely the game will be close with Wake Forest scoring late to seal a win.

Wake Forest 28
Vanderbilt 24

Wake Forest quarterback Cory Randolph takes the snap from center

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