Wake Forest at Boston College: 5 big questions

2 of 5

4.) How much better is Wake Forest than the last time BC saw them?

In November of 2010, the Eagles went to Winston-Salem to face the Deacs. They were in the middle of a faux “hot” streak while Wake was sinking deep into the abyss that is a 3-9 season. Then-freshman quarterback Tanner Price was picked off four times by the Eagles defense, got sacked twice (on the same drive, by the same player [Max Holloway]), his team committed five turnovers in total, and Montel Harris rushed for 183 yards and scored all three of BC’s touchdowns. In spite of all that, given a game that Boston College should have dominated on the scoreboard as well, the Eagles only won by ten, 23-13.

Just like last year, Wake Forest has started their season 2-1, and their team statistics seem to be improving. I don’t necessarily think it’s a case of having one of their three games against an FCS team inflating their numbers, either: the Demon Deacons have gained 400+ yards of offense against all three teams they’ve faced, including non-conference opponent Syracuse and ACC foe NC State. They also scored 29 on the aforementioned Orange and 34 on the Wolfpack, which shows that they can, in fact, turn those yards into points — something the Eagles were unable to do until an FCS team rolled into town.

It would certainly appear as though this Wake Forest team is at least slightly better than last time. Tanner Price is playing good football, they aren’t turning it over much yet*, and their offense is scoring points.

* – A footnote on Wake Forest’s turnover situation: they’ve allowed the fewest in the ACC at three, but keep in mind that 75% of the ACC has played four games and they have played three. That’s still a good mark, except that they’ve only forced two turnovers, which is also the lowest in the ACC.