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Making sense of struggling Wake Forest

The more you look at this Wake Forest team, the more you realize this is a game Maryland really needs to win, and perhaps convincingly. This is Maryland’s easiest remaining game. Is Wake Forest the worst team in the ACC? Perhaps, but that title probably belongs in Durham, N.C.

There is little debate over the bottom four teams in the league. Wake Forest, Boston College, Virginia and Duke have a combined 1-14 record in league play. (All these teams are also on Maryland’s schedule.) The four teams are a combined 0-10 on the road this season.

Look at Wake. It has been outscored 264-199 by opponents this season. Wake is ranked 100th or worse nationally in passing offense, rushing defense, pass efficiency defense, total defense, scoring defense, net punting and passing efficiency. They rank last in the ACC in total defense and pass defense.

But before you proclaim Wake as the worst, look at Duke, which lost 54-48 at Wake in an entertaining game Sept. 11. There is some real competition at the top and at the bottom of the league this season. But the top-to-bottom parity from a few years ago? Forget about it. Look for eight bowl eligible teams. No more.

By Eric Prisbell  | October 26, 2010; 8:35 AM ET
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Comments

How about we just rank the ACC as the worst conference? You could say that BC is better than Wake, but that ain't sayin' much.

Posted by: SirPelleas | October 26, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Anyone notice Phil Costa in for the Cowgirls last night?

Regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | October 26, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Yeah I noticed that Hugh. Seems that practically every Terp starting offensive lineman gets a shot in the NFL, and usually they catch on with a team.

SirPelleas, you'll have a pretty hard time ranking the ACC as the worst conference with 8 bowl teams. I know it's a somewhat difficult concept for certain people to understand, but just because you don't have a national title contender that really doesn't mean your conference is terrible. If we send 8 teams to bowls, that would easily rank the ACC in the top 5 conferences in the country. Are we the best conference or the second best conference? Obviously not. But top 5, yes.

Posted by: Barno1 | October 26, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

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