The Rivalry between Clemson and Wake Forest:
Who Will Come out on Top?
The annual football game between Clemson and Wake Forest
University, played in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has been dubbed the most important college football game in the state by The News & Observer. Since 1977,
Clemson has won 18 games to Wake’s 13 wins with five ties in the all-time series against their ACC rivals. Will this trend continue?
Or will Wake Forest put an end to it?
In this article you’ll find everything you need to know about the rivalry between Clemson and Wake Forest!
(1) Quick History
Since 1936, these two schools have been playing each other.
The first game was played on a muddy field with only 47 spectators.
It was called the most important football game in the South. The Tigers won that first game 6-0.
The teams have met 107 times since then, splitting the games up evenly at 51-51-6.
What are their Strengths and Weaknesses (five sentences)]
(2) Current Strengths
Clemson has a good offense, led by quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who is completing 67% of his passes with 11 touchdowns.
In addition to the offense, Clemson’s defense ranks in the top 10 nationally against both the pass and the rush.
Wake Forest has struggled a little more so far this season, with an average offensive output that ranks near the bottom of FBS teams.
Their defense is also struggling with an average ranking in yards allowed per game.
This could be because Wake Forest is playing close games four one-possession games, which means they’re giving up more yards late in games when it matters most.
(3) Recent Form
Clemson will be looking to avenge last year’s tough loss against the Demon Deacons.
The Tigers have beaten their rivals three years in a row with 2016 being the most recent victory by only one point.
It seems like there is no stopping this juggernaut of a team, but they have met Wake Forest before and they are still undefeated against them so it will not be an easy game for either team.
Wake Forest is coming off of a narrow victory against Syracuse who, at 3-2,
can still catch up to the Demon Deacons in the Atlantic Division standings but Clemson has already beaten Syracuse once this season so that leaves one more chance for Wake to take care of business against another division rival.
(4) Key Players
Anthony Harris- A 6’2 senior, Harris has led the team in tackles this season with 60.
He is a key player because he always seems to be around the ball.
Tanner Price- A 6’4 junior, Price has been the quarterback for most of his 4 years at Wake.
This year, he has thrown for 1,726 yards with 12 touchdowns and 8 interceptions.
DeAndre Hopkins- A 6’1 sophomore, Hopkins was MVP of the game against Duke last Saturday when he caught 3 touchdowns in just 2 quarters of play.
(5) Matchups to Watch
-Clemson vs. Auburn (SEC)
-Clemson vs. Duke (ACC)
-Clemson vs. Miami, FL (ACC)
-Clemson vs. Virginia Tech (ACC)
-Wake Forest vs. Duke (ACC)
-Wake Forest vs. Notre Dame (Independent)
Clemson enters this game with a record of 8-2, beating teams like Auburn, NC State and Miami.
Wake Forest enters the game with a record of 7-3, beating teams like Syracuse and Virginia Tech.
Looking at these statistics it’s hard to tell who will come out on top in this rivalry.
However, based off of Clemson’s impressive victory against Miami last week I would predict that they will win against Wake Forest.
But as we all know college football is unpredictable so I wouldn’t be surprised if Wake forest pulled off an upset.
It’s been a long time coming, but it looks like the Tigers may finally have the opportunity to take down their rival for the first time in school history.
In what is shaping up to be one of the best matchups in college football this season, Clemson will travel to Winston-Salem, North Carolina to face off against Wake Forest.
Although this game is important for both teams, it may hold more weight for the Tigers than their opponents.
Regardless of which team comes out victorious, it’s likely that we’ll see an epic fight as these two schools have battled it out on the field since 1892.