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Posted Oct 1, 2011


Week 5 CFN Fearless Prediction & Game Story - Wake Forest at Boston College


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Oct. 1 Wake Forest 27 … at Boston College 19
CFN Analysis: It’s not like Wake Forest is doing anything special, but the passing game is doing a good job, the run defense has been stout, and the team is coming up with timely plays. There’s no pass rush and the special teams have been mediocre, but the 3-1 start is nice with home games against Florida State and Virginia Tech coming up. Tanner Price had a good day, throwing for 252 yards and a score, and Chris Givens was terrific catching seven passes for 132 yards and a score, while the defense held firm against the BC passing game that threw the ball 48 times. This isn’t an ACC title contender, but the 2-0 start in conference play is terrific after last year’s disaster.

Montel Harris is back and carrying the offense with a workmanlike 108-yard day, but the passing game couldn’t find any pop. Chase Rettig threw 47 times for a mere 188 yards, and while he did a decent job of getting the team back in the game late, the offense didn’t do enough early on and the two turnovers turned out to be a problem. Luke Kuechly continues to be fantastic with 14 tackles and two tackles for loss, but the rest of the defense didn’t get enough help from the offense over the first three quarters. With road trips ahead against Clemson, Virginia Tech, and Maryland, up next, and with Florida State and road trips at Notre Dame still to deal with, just getting to three wins could be a problem.

(AP) BOSTON -- Tanner Price threw a 47-yard TD pass to Chris Givens on Wake Forest's first possession of the second half as the Demon Deacons opened a 15-point lead before holding off Boston College 27-19 on Saturday.

Price completed 19 of 28 passes for 252 yards for Wake Forest (3-1, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference). Josh Harris rushed 19 times for 60 yards, including a 2-yard TD in the opening quarter.

Boston College's Montel Harris carried 22 times for 108 yards, setting the school's all-time rushing record with a 26-yard carry early in the final quarter. He currently has 3,735 yards, breaking the mark held by Derrick Knight (2003). Knight had 3,725 career yards.

Boston College's Chase Rettig completed 23 of 47 for 188 yards with a TD pass and an interception, but he was stopped a yard short on a fourth-and-4 run at Wake Forest's 44 with just under two minutes left.

Wake Forest (2-1) at Boston College (1-3) Oct. 1, 12:30, ACC Network

Here’s The Deal … There were a handful of interesting storylines to emerge from the ACC in September, from expansion to the play of Clemson and Georgia Tech. Lurking in the shadows of notoriety is Wake Forest, which came within an opening night collapse in the Carrier Dome from opening the year 3-0. The Demon Deacons, a non-factor in 2010, are evidently a much more competitive squad in 2011. They’ve regrouped with consecutive wins over NC State and Gardner-Webb, and exit last week’s bye confident and healthy.

Boston College finally broke from the ranks of the winless, though it took a visit from Massachusetts to secure win No. 1. While the victory won’t address the Eagles’ issues in personnel, it does take some heat off the staff and the players in the short term. While neither team is going to use Saturday as a launching pad to Atlantic Division contention, the outcome could go a long way toward the six wins needed for bowl eligibility. For both schools, this is one of the more winnable games remaining on the schedule.

Why Wake Forest Might Win: In Winston-Salem, the most pleasant surprise has been the play of the offense, which has normed 37 points through three games. The fuse has been lit by QB Tanner Price, who has played in pain, led by example and accounted for seven touchdowns. With a little bounce in his step after resting his aches, he’ll get to putting RB Josh Harris and WR Chris Givens in a position to make things happen. While Boston College still harbors defensive talent, like bloodhound linebackers Luke Kuechly and Kevin Pierre-Louis, the unit hasn’t been nearly as stingy or nasty as in recent seasons.

Why Boston College Might Win: The Eagles’ best offensive explosion came versus an FCS visitor. Duly noted. Still, it was hard not to notice that the unit played with a lot more confidence, which will carry over to this week. Wake Forest is having no luck getting to the quarterback, which has negatively impacted the play of the pass defense. With time to check down if necessary, QB Chase Rettig look to build on last week’s crisp effort in which he threw three touchdown passes, including a pair to WR Colin Larmond. The running game has gotten a shot in the arm as well; All-star RB Montel Harris returned to the field for the first time since last November, joining Andre Williams and Rolandan Finch to give BC uncommon backfield depth.

What To Watch Out For: After missing all of 2010 to a knee injury, Larmond has begun to recapture the old form that helped make him a breakout receiver two years ago. Getting more and more comfortable with Rettig, he’s scored twice and averaged almost 20 yards on his 14 receptions. Although the running game remains the bread-and-butter in Chestnut Hill, Boston College will need a downfield threat to keep defenses from stuffing the box to stop Williams and Harris. Larmond can be that weapon as long as he continues getting help from the Eagles passers.

What Will Happen: This is a different Wake Forest team than the 2010 version, which just never found any footing. The Deacons are executing better on offense, getting a Riley Skinner-esque jolt from Price. Boston College, on the other hand, has major issues that won’t be erased by a rout of an FCS team. Yeah, the Eagles will exploit a vulnerable Wake secondary on occasion, but not quite enough to hold serve at home. The Demon Deacons have the requisite moxie to go into Alumni Stadium and swipe a close game from the Eagles.

CFN Prediction: Wake Forest 24 … Boston College 20
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