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
AREA
Wake Forest
COMMENTS
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Vanderbilt rushing offense
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Wake Forest rushing defense
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Even. Vanderibilt ranks 49th in the nation in rushing offense while Wake Forest is 24th in rushing defense. Cassen Jackson-Garrison leads the Commodores in rushing with 53 yards per game. A word of warning to the Vandy offense, Wake leads the nation in defensive touchdowns scored. Don't turn the ball over!  
 
Vanderbilt passing offense
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Wake Forest passing defense
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Vanderbilt, with Mackenzi Adams over center, has had a better passing game the past few games. However, the Commodores still have the No. 113 passing offense in the nation. Wake Forest is 21st in the nation in pass defense efficiency. The Deacons have six interception returns for touchdowns this season.  
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Wake Forest rushing offense
vs.
Vanderbilt rushing defense
 
Slight edge to Vanderbilt here. Wake Forest is 71st nationally in rushing offense. Freshman tailback Josh Adams leads the Deacons in rushing with 77 yards per game. Commodore fans might also remember Micah Andrews who torched the Vanderbilt defense for over 200 yards in 2005. Vanderbilt is 35th nationally in rushing defense. Middle linebacker Jonathan Goff leads the Commodores in tackles with 9 per game.  
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Wake Forest passing offense
vs.
Vanderbilt passing defense
 
As a team, Wake Forest is second in the nation in completion percentage (71%) but 89th in the nation in passing offense. Vanderbilt is 22nd nationally in passing defense but has problems defending the pass when the game is on the line.  
 
Special Teams
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Vanderbilt's special teams have hurt their team a lot more than helping lately. Wake Forest's Sam Swank has successfully made 16 of 19 field goals this season including several from over 50 yards. The Demon Deacons have returned two kicks/punts for touchdowns this year.  
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Coaching
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Jim Grobe is a winner but he lost to Bobby Johnson in 2005.  

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