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BCI Summer School 2018: Wake Forest Kickoff

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#TheRivalry comes early again this year

NCAA Football: Belk Bowl-Wake Forest vs Texas A&M Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

As I mentioned last week, we are not going to do a week dedicated to Holy Cross, because well, they are an FCS team and not a very good one at that. BC should pummel them, and there really isn’t a lot of analysis that should go into previewing that team because it would be pretty boring and repetitive. For that reason, we skipped the Crusader, and have moved full steam ahead to the Wake Forest Demon Deacons.

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Both the Boston College Eagles and Wake Forest Demon Deacons took steps forward last year, especially their play in the ACC. Wake finished the 2017 season 8-5, and had some nice signature wins including knocking off the Louisville Cardinals, beating a ranked NC State team, and capping it off with a shoot out 55-52 win against the Texas A&M Aggies in the Belk Bowl. The program seems to have taken that step to move from the doormats of the ACC to a team that could go out and win against any team.

But a lot has changed since December. Senior signal caller John Wolford has graduated, and Kendall Hinton who is projected to be his replacement has been suspended for the first four games of the season. Stud linebacker Duke Ejiofor, who led Wake in practically every category was taken by the Houston Texans in the 6th round of the draft, while also graduating Wake’s two leading tacklers up front Jaboree Williams and Grant Dawson.

Wake still has plenty of talent to fill the gaps left by the graduating seniors. Greg Dortch, only a sophomore returns after having an explosive freshman season catching 53 balls for 722 yards and 9 touchdowns. They have an experienced secondary, with players who accounted for 12 of the 14 interceptions returning in 2018. And on the offensive line, they have experience and depth to match BC’s. Dave Clawson is returning 4 out of his 5 offensive linemen which gives Wake stability up front.

BC’s first game against an ACC opponent is going to be a big one, and in typical #therivaly fashion it is going to be weird. It’s a Thursday night game, against a Wake Forest opponent not starting their typical quarterback. The short week might not factor that much though, as both squads are coming off their FCS sacrifice. But you have to wonder if an inexperienced Wake QB may be hindered more by the quick turnaround than Anthony Brown.

This week we will have our opponent interview with Riley Johnston of Blogger So Dear, a review of the past five years (yes the 3-0 game will be in there), the Playa Haters Ball returns for it’s second installment and a “BC will win/BC won’t win” post. Make sure to stop by for all the posts!