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.
| October 26, 2010; 8:35 AM ET
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