2019 Football Preview – ACC – Demon Deacons
Looking for 2019 Wake Forest Demon Deacons predictions? The 2019 outlook for Wake Forest is about what it always is, 6 or 7 wins and the possibility of catching a team napping. Every once in a while this is a program that rises up (sort of) but that is not the profile for this coming season.
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Head Coach: Dave Clawson
2018 Record: 7-6
Wake Forest Demon Deacons Odds to win the 2019 FBS Championship: 5000/1
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Wake might get off to a good start but don’t get sucked in. This team is going to be pretty mediocre this season.
2019 Wake Forest Demon Deacons Predictions: Team Strengths
Coming Straight at You: Last season senior RB Cade Carney averaged more than 5 yards per carry and rushed for over 1000 yards.
He will be featured again behind a line with three senior starters including both the right guard and right tackle from a year ago.
With another senior returning starter returning at tight end the Demon Deacons will be able to move the pile and gain yards on the ground with Carney.
Both of the quarterbacks in battle for the job can run around a little too so there is some wiggle to the offense this season.
IDP: In case you are not familiar with the acronym that stands for individual defensive player. Last year the stop unit was hardly impressive but there are some players of value on there.
Essang Bassey was second team all conference last season at corner. He does not make big plays but when it comes to passes defenses he is really good. He is third in ACC history coming into his senior season.
Justin Strnad looks like his name is spelled wrong but he led the team on tackles as a junior and will get plenty of opportunity to do so again as a senior. .
2019 Wake Forest Demon Deacons Predictions: Team Weaknesses
Quarterback Rotation?: It is rare for a team to have two 1000 yard passing quaterbacks return for a season…or ever.
This is a result of injury and now they have to sort who gives them the best chance to win, soph Sam Hartman, last year’s starter til injury or Jamie Newman.
Newman looked really good in his short trial and seems to have the edge but there is uncertainty here. Also. neither is elite.
Wake Forest has to do a better job stopping the pass this season. They have two senior returning starters at corner but they still gave up a ton of yards a year ago.
One thing that would help a lot is more pressure up front. Willie Yarbary led the program with 5.5 sacks a year ago but he has moved on.
Only one starter returns on the defensive line and that does not foretell a significant improvement for that group. With a lame defense improvement overall is going to be hard to come by.
Wake Forest Demon Deacons Prediction: 6-6
Wake should get off to a good start with back to back winnable non conference games against Utah State and Rice…and then Elon a couple of weeks later.
They also get a break with their first ACC game against North Carolina at home. After that the schedule picks up and there are only a couple of spots where I think they can win.
Those are home games against Louisville and Duke. They are fighters so they might be spread busters on the road against the likes of Clemson and Syracuse but don’t expect too much from this group.
Whoever they decide on at quarterback has a chance to be a multi season starter. Next year, with some defensive growth this season could be more of a breakthrough year.
2019 Wake Forest Demon Deacons Football Schedule
Date Time vs
- 8/30/19 8:00 PM ET USU
- 9/7/19 8:00 PM ET @RICE
- 9/13/19 6:00 PM ET UNC
- 9/21/19 TBD ELON
- 9/28/19 TBD @BC
- 10/12/19 TBD LOU
- 10/19/19 TBD FSU
- 11/2/19 TBD NCST
- 11/9/19 TBD @VT
- 11/16/19 TBD @CLEM
- 11/23/19 TBD DUKE
- 11/30/19 TBD @SYR
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