Day & Time: Saturday, October 9, 3:30 p.m.
Location: Carrier Dome, Syracuse, N.Y.
Line: Wake Forest is a -6.5 favorite according to odds by DraftKings.
TV/Streaming: ESPN2, WatchESPN
Wake Forest Blog: Blogger So Dear
Rivalry: 6-4, Syracuse
Current Streak: 1, Wake Forest
First Meeting: The first meeting between the two programs was a fairly recent contest in Winston-Salem to open the 2006 season. Syracuse’s offense was anemic with only 136 yards of total offense as the Orange lost 20-10 to the Demon Deacons (thanks GERG).
Last Meeting: Syracuse continued it’s horrid 2020 season with a 38-14 loss at the Dome. Rex Culpepper only threw for 85 yards with two picks and Cooper Lutz started in place of an injured Sean Tucker. Lutz rushed for 87 yards on 15 carries.
Head Coaches: Syracuse - Dino Babers (sixth year, 27-38) | Wake Forest - Dave Clawson (eighth year, 45–45)
Coach Bio: Clawson’s head coaching career started with Fordham in the FCS in 1993. He moved on to Richmond in 2004 before moving to Tennessee in 2008 to replace David Cutcliffe as the Volunteers offensive coordinator. Clawson was fired after that season by Lane Kiffin and subsequently moved to Bowling Green in 2009. He led the Falcons to three bowl games in five years which earned him his first FBS head coaching job with Wake Forest in 2014. The Demon Deacons initially struggled under Clawson before making bowl games in the last five seasons.
Last Year: Because COVID-era rules remain interesting and weird, Wake Forest made a bowl game despite having a 4-5 record. Wisconsin punished them for doing so by thumping the Demon Deacons 42-28.
Last Game: A fourth quarter comeback attempt came up just short for the Louisville Cardinals as Wake Forest survived 37-34 to stay perfect. Two fumble recoveries helped the Demon Deacons win in Winston-Salem.
“Fear Me, I’ve Killed Hundreds of Timelords”: Sam Hartman is having a solid and consistent season for Wake Forest. He eclipsed 300 passing yards in his last game and has tossed at least two touchdowns in four out of five games this year.
If Syracuse Wins: You merely adopted the ACC football chaos. We were born in it, molded by it.
If Syracuse Loses: Well let’s continue to psycho-analyze all of Jon Rothstein’s practice observation tweets.
Fun Fact: In a rare occasion between conference foes, this will be the third straight game that Syracuse and Wake Forest play each in the Carrier Dome.