Preview: Notre Dame Fighting Irish versus Wake Forest Demon Deacons


Wake Forest Offense
The Demon Deacon offense is one of the worst in the country, ranking only 108th (of 124) in the nation averaging only 20.1 ppg. They have only managed to score more than 14 points twice in the past five games.

The head of the “Weak” Forest offense is QB Tanner Price. Price averages 196.5 ypg passing and has thrown for 12 touchdowns on the year with an efficiency of 111.9. The QB is not afraid to move out of the pocket having rushed for two scores.

Junior WR Michael Campanaro poses a threat to the Irish secondary having accumulated 618 yards and 6 TDs. He recently set a ACC record for receptions in a game with 16 against Boston College. On three occasions Campanaro has caught 10 passes for 100 yards.

FB Tommy Bohanon is also a playmaker at his position. He has 16 receptions over the past six games, including six against Boston College.                                                  

Wake Forest Defense
A weak offense is not helped by a lame defense ranked 72nd in the nation in points against. The team has been tough against the run, however. On the season it is giving up 157 ypg rushing and has held three of its last three opponents to fewer than 56 yards on the ground while forcing six fumbles in the past five games. Notre Dame’s backs may be in for a long a day.

LB Justin Jackson is a Demon Deacon defensive stalwart. He leads the squad with 75 tackles and has also racked up 8.5 tackles for a loss and 4 sacks. Jackson will be called upon to try his best to bottle up Golson, Riddick, Wood, and GAIII.

Jackson can count on defensive safety net in the backfield in Junior Safety A.J. Marshall. Besides being Wake Forest’s third leading tackler, the playmaker has two interceptions (one returned for a touchdown), 4 pass break ups, and 3 tackles for a loss. Marshall is an usually effective coverage back for a safety.

Prediction: Notre Dame 31 – Wake Forest 10