Day & Time: November 30, at 12:30 p.m. ET
Location: The Building Formerly Known as the Carrier Dome, Syracuse N.Y.
Line: Wake -3.5
Radio: Cuse.com, TK 99/105, WAER 88.3, SiriusXM - Away: XM Streaming 970 Home: XM 202 (Streaming 965)
Wake Forest blog: Blogger So Dear
Rivalry: 5-3, Syracuse
Current Streak: Syracuse, 1
First Meeting: In 2006, Jim Grobe and Greg Robinson met in Winston Salem, N.C. in a game that would be oh so GERG. The Deacons and Orange were tied 10-10 at half, only for Wake to score 10 unanswered in the second half for a 20-10 win. The Orange gained just 136 total yards, while (eventual ACC champ) Wake gained almost triple that total, with 363 yards.
Last Meeting: The Orange, on a roll that would carry them to a Camping World Bowl win and 10 victories, defeated Wake 41-24 in Winston Salem. Eric Dungey picked up 119 yards on the ground, while ‘Cuse defense recorded 5 sacks. Good times.
Head Coaches: Syracuse - Dino Babers (4th Year, 22-26 at SU) | Wake Forest - Dave Clawson (6th Year, 36-38)
Coach Bio: We’ve got a battle of the Bowling Green coaches! Clawson started his head coaching career at BGSU in 2009, taking over after being let go by Tennessee as their Offensive Coordinator. A very successful tenure with the Falcons led him to being constantly rumored for gigs, but eventually landing at Wake Forest in 2013, opening the door for some dude named Dino Babers to take the Bowling Green job. In his first five seasons, Clawson won 28 games, a Wake record for coaches in their first 5 years. After an initial two seasons of building, the Demon Decons started steadily improving, making the postseason and winning their bowl games the next three under Clawson.
Last Year: Clawson and the Demon Deacons were a respectable 6-6, and ended their season with a win over a then ranked No. 23 Memphis in the Birmingham Bowl. The third straight season with a postseason victory was a first in the history of Wake’s program.
Last Game: The Deacs hosted Duke, defeating the Blue Devils 39-27. Wake’s 5 sacks and an interception helped an offense that put up over 600 yards in victory.
”Fear Me, I’ve Killed Hundreds of Timelords”: Wake’s roster is pretty banged up, and they’ve relied on QB Jamie Newman to carry the team. Newman won the starting job by leading the Deacs to a 3-1 finish to the season last year, and has been a great dual threat option all year. Just last game, Newman threw for 284 yards and rushed for another 161, scoring twice.
If Syracuse Wins: A mess of a season saves a bit of face, and shows that even without a bowl, these players still competed for their coaches and the pride of being a member of the Orange. Cool.
If Syracuse Loses: Dino’s 3rd 4-8 season in 4 years will be harped on all offseason, and there’s going to be a ton written by everyone about what that all means.
Fun Fact: Well not “fun” per say, but Wake putting up 8 wins to date shows the amazing program Clawson has built up considering the season ending injuries the Deacs have, which include starting WR Sage Surratt, starting LB Justin Strnad, and starting LB/Safety Luke Masterson. Starting offensive lineman Nathan Gilliam and WR regular Scotty Washington are both doubtful headed into Saturday’s game.