Wake Forest began the 2012 season with a massive struggle. They Demon Deacons nearly lost their opener to a bad Liberty team. They followed that up with a nice win at home against an overrated North Carolina squad. This week, the challenge gets much tougher. Rather than playing the typical early season scrubs, the Demon Deacons will head to Tallahassee for a game against one of the best teams in the ACC. They will tangle with a Florida State club that they happened to beat one season ago. Whether or not they do it this year will depend upon the Florida State team that shows up.
Florida State has yet to play a team with a pulse. They took on Murray State in week one, drilling to Racers in a big way. Last week, the Noles took down Savannah State in a game that featured the highest line in the history of Las Vegas. Had weather not shortened that game, the Noles would have covered there. When they face Wake Forest, they will be taking a step up in class, too. Though it might seem like Florida State should run away with this game, Wake Forest has given the Noles a lot of trouble over the last decade.
One year ago, Florida State was emotionally drained after tough losses to Oklahoma and Clemson. They went on the road to tangle with Wake in a game that they just didn’t care enough about. As tends to be the case when a team doesn’t bring its best mindset, the Noles got blown out of the building. This season, Florida State should be focused. They are at home with revenge on their mind. The only thing that might present a challenge is the looming matchup with Clemson that will happen in Tallahassee next week.
Florida State has an elite defense that can stop both the pass and the run. Wake Forest has an experienced quarterback and a surprising amount of skill on the outside. The difference in this game will likely be in the trenches. The Noles have a lot of muscle down there that will help them take control of this game. If they can get after Tanner Price early and often, Florida State will have an easy time in this game. If they fail to do that, the Noles might be in for a fight at the end of the day.
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