Clemson Football faces a familiar adversary in Week 6 when they host the Wake Forest Demon Deacons in Death Valley. The game is scheduled for September 30th. Time and network have not been announced.
Clemson leads the all-time series 70-17-1 over the Deacons. The Tigers currently hold a fourteen-game win streak against Wake, which is one shy of their longest win streak in the series. Clemson won 15 straight contests against the Demon Deacons from 1977 to 1991. Clemson won last season’s contest in overtime 51-45 at Allegacy Federal Credit Union Stadium in Winston-Salem.
Head coach Dave Clawson has earned a lot of respect in college football as a coach who gets the most from what he has, even if he isn’t able to attract the blue chip recruits. His biggest challenge will be at quarterback.
Gone is Sam Hartman, the all-time ACC leader in touchdown passes. Enter Mitch Griffis, who is something of an enigma. Griffis performed well last season when Hartman missed the Deac’s first game with a health problem. The caveat is that the opponent was VMI. Nonetheless, some expect Griffis to perform well this season.
Receiver AT Perry has gone to the NFL, but Donovan Greene returns, as does running back Justice Ellison. The line will be younger with only two starters returning.
Wake Forest will have new faces on the field when they face Clemson Football
Defensively, Wake Forest will be going through a youth movement. Only three starters return. Most of the new starters are juniors, so they have been in the program, but aren’t as experienced.
The assumption is that Wake takes a step back after the departure of Sam Hartman, but considering the previous success of their offensive scheme, the ‘slow mesh’, the step back won’t be huge on the offensive side. The question will be the defense, which might need another season to ‘cycle up’.
The Tigers will follow their contest with the Deacs with a bye in Week 7.
Wake Forest 2022 Statistics
All stats per teamrankings.com against FBS competition only
- Points per game: 35.4 (17th)
- Yards per game: 439.8 (30th)
- Points allowed per game: 29.8 (87th)
- Yards allowed per game: 419.9 (97th)