After a huge Belk Bowl victory a year ago against Texas A&M with a score of 55-52, Wake Forest has some momentum going into the 2018 season. New quarterback Kendall Hinton will try to replace the explosive offense from a season ago, thanks to a very experienced offensive line but it will certainly be a challenge. Also with only six returning starters on the defensive side, Dave Clawson’s recruiting skills will be put on full display, for better or for worse.
Head coach Dave Clawson has done a remarkable job at Wake Forest and has turned the tide with the Deamon Deacons reaching two consecutive bowls game. The defense is going to see an overhaul however thanks to the departure of a lot of top-end talent, but the road to three straight bowl games seems possible for Clawson and co. They have a strength most teams lack, which will be talent and experience on both the offensive and defensive line. Quarterback play will be one of the biggest question marks along with new faces in both second levels of the defense. 8-5 a year ago was a great accomplishment; a repeat does not seem as likely. Tulane could be a trap game in week one as they are a very sound and experienced group. Notre Dame also being on that out-of-conference schedule will not help either. As far as ACC play goes, 4-4 seems like a fair prediction and would have the Demon Deacons right back where they were a season ago. The opportunity will be there for six wins if they can get wins over Pittsburgh and NC State, however, those two teams seem poised to take the next step this year.
Record: Wins 7, Losses 5
Week 1: Wake Forest 24, Tulane 14 (W)
Week 2: Wake Forest 41, Towson 17 (W)
Week 3: Wake Forest 31, Boston College 23 (W)
Week 4: Wake Forest 17, Notre Dame 25 (L)
Week 5: Wake Forest 38, Rice 14 (W)
Week 6: Wake Forest 7, Clemson 38 (L)
Week 7: Bye
Week 8: Wake Forest 21, Florida State 31 (L)
Week 9: Wake Forest 31, Louisville 28 (W)
Week 10: Wake Forest 40, Syracuse 24 (W)
Week 11: Wake Forest 27, NC State 38 (L)
Week 12: Wake Forest 23, Pitt 30 (L)
Week 13: Wake Forest 33, Duke 21 (W)