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Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs. Duke Blue Devils Pick & Prediction NOV 21TH 2020

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While Duke and Wake Forest are teams in recovery modes, they seem to be in vastly different situations as they prepare to meet Saturday afternoon at Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham, N.C.

Wake Forest needs to come to grips with a heartbreaking defeat last week at North Carolina in what would have been a significant upset.

Duke is dealing with much more challenging issues, even after an open date giving the Blue Devils time to figure things out.

The most recent game for both teams came against North Carolina. Duke (2-6, 1-6 Atlantic Coast Conference) lost in a 56-24 blowout Nov. 7. Wake Forest (4-3, 3-3) squandered a 21-point second-half lead before falling 59-53 last week to the Tar Heels.

"You have to try to learn from it," Wake Forest quarterback Sam Hartman said.

The crazy nature of the offensive slugfest for the Demon Deacons means they'll have to mentally regroup. So many things went well for Wake Forest for so long before the devastating final 20 minutes.

"Learn from it, that's the only way we can get better," Wake Forest receiver Jaquarii Roberson said.

Duke has been in a learning mode since the trouncing from North Carolina.

"A very difficult time in the program," Blue Devils coach David Cutcliffe said. "You have to find foundations you can build on."

With only three games remaining, Duke is guaranteed a losing record for the third time in five seasons.

"There are obviously a lot of things that need to be addressed," Cutcliffe said. "The most notable are we need to do the fundamental things better. What we have to do better to get results. We can get those results."

Wake Forest could be thin in the secondary. The Demon Deacons thought safety Luke Masterson would play in the North Carolina game, but his return to action from a foot injury was delayed. Safety Nasir Greer returned to action but didn't feel right and so he didn't play much. He is recovering from an ACL tear suffered last year.

"We got thinned out on defense again," coach Dave Clawson said.

Wake Forest swept in-state opponents last year. Now, they're 1-2 against teams within the state, with a loss to North Carolina State and a non-league thumping of Campbell.

This represents the Demon Deacons' third consecutive road game.

"We got to bounce back," Clawson said. "Another in-state game that's very important to us. Good football teams bounce back. That's our job as coaches and that's the job of the leadership on our football team."

While North Carolina did much of its damage to the Demon Deacons through the air, Duke might be more inclined to try a ground assault.

Duke's rushing attack has two main contributors, with Mataeo Durant racking up 592 yards and Deon Jackson gaining 580.

With the extra time between games, Duke could be stewing up some different looks.

"There's always the potential (for major revisions) when you have an open date," Cutcliffe said. "Look at all the possibilities to make sure we're putting our best athletes on the field."

Chase Brice has been the primary quarterback, but backup Gunnar Holmberg received some extensive time on the field late in the North Carolina game. Holmberg has a different style and tends to be more of a threat running the ball than Brice.

"It tells you a backup quarterback has been working hard in practice because he's getting better," Cutcliffe said of Holmberg.

Wake Forest has won the past two meetings with Duke, including a 59-7 blowout two years ago in its last trip to Durham.

--Field Level Media

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GAMES

Last 10

W 50% L 50%
4 4
  • @Duke D 0 - 0
  • @North Carolina L 53 - 59
  • @Syracuse W 38 - 14
  • Virginia Tech W 16 - 23
  • Virginia W 23 - 40
  • Campbell W 14 - 66
  • Notre Dame D 0 - 0
  • @NC State L 42 - 45
  • Clemson L 37 - 13
  • Michigan State L 27 - 21
W 33% L 67%
3 6
  • Wake Forest D 0 - 0
  • North Carolina L 56 - 24
  • Charlotte W 19 - 53
  • @NC State L 20 - 31
  • @Syracuse W 38 - 24
  • Virginia Tech L 38 - 31
  • @Virginia L 20 - 38
  • Boston College L 26 - 6
  • @Notre Dame L 13 - 27
  • Miami W 17 - 27

Next Games

  • @Louisville(10-27-18) W 56 - 35
  • @Georgia Tech(10-13-18) W 28 - 14

Last Meetings

  • Demon Deacons @ Blue Devils 0-0
  • Blue Devils @ Demon Deacons 27-39
  • Demon Deacons @ Blue Devils 59-7
  • Blue Devils @ Demon Deacons 31-23
  • Demon Deacons @ Blue Devils 24-14
  • Blue Devils @ Demon Deacons 27-21
  • Demon Deacons @ Blue Devils 21-41
  • Blue Devils @ Demon Deacons 28-21
  • Blue Devils @ Demon Deacons 34-27
  • Demon Deacons @ Blue Devils 24-23

Atlantic Coast

AtlanticWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Clemson Tigers71 0.8750.00.00.0 5-02-17-0-1
NC State Wolfpack63 0.6671.50.00.0 4-12-26-0-3
Boston College Eagles54 0.5562.50.00.0 3-22-25-0-4
Wake Forest Demon Deacons43 0.5712.50.00.0 3-11-24-0-3
Louisville Cardinals36 0.3334.50.00.0 3-20-43-0-6
Florida State Seminoles26 0.2505.00.00.0 2-20-42-0-6
Syracuse Orange18 0.1116.50.00.0 1-40-41-0-8
CoastalWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Miami Hurricanes71 0.8750.00.00.0 4-03-17-0-1
North Carolina Tar Heels62 0.7501.00.00.0 4-02-26-0-2
Pittsburgh Panthers54 0.5562.50.00.0 4-21-25-0-4
Virginia Cavaliers44 0.5003.00.00.0 4-10-34-0-4
Virginia Tech Hokies45 0.4443.50.00.0 2-22-34-0-5
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets25 0.2864.50.00.0 1-31-22-0-5
Duke Blue Devils26 0.2505.00.00.0 1-31-32-0-6

Big Ten

EastWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Ohio State Buckeyes40 01.0000.00.00.0 3-01-04-0-0
Indiana Hoosiers41 0.8000.50.00.0 2-02-14-0-1
Maryland Terrapins21 0.6671.50.00.0 1-01-12-0-1
Michigan Wolverines23 0.4002.50.00.0 0-22-12-0-3
Michigan State Spartans13 0.2503.00.00.0 0-21-11-0-3
Rutgers Scarlet Knights14 0.2003.50.00.0 0-31-11-0-4
Penn State Nittany Lions05 0.0004.50.00.0 0-30-20-0-5

Conference USA

EastWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Marshall Thundering Herd70 01.0000.00.00.0 5-02-07-0-0
Florida Atlantic Owls51 0.8331.50.00.0 4-01-15-0-1
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers46 0.4004.50.00.0 3-21-44-0-6
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders36 0.3335.00.00.0 0-33-33-0-6
Charlotte 49ers23 0.4004.00.00.0 1-01-32-0-3
Florida International Panthers05 0.0006.00.00.0 0-30-20-0-5

Mid-American

EastWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Buffalo Bulls30 01.0000.00.00.0 1-02-03-0-0
Kent State Golden Flashes30 01.0000.00.00.0 2-01-03-0-0
Miami (Ohio) RedHawks11 0.5001.50.00.0 1-00-11-0-1
Ohio Bobcats11 0.5001.50.00.0 1-00-11-0-1
Bowling Green Falcons03 0.0003.00.00.0 0-20-10-0-3
Akron Zips03 0.0003.00.00.0 0-10-20-0-3

Southeastern

EastWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Florida Gators61 0.8570.00.00.0 3-03-16-0-1
Georgia Bulldogs52 0.7141.00.00.0 3-12-15-0-2
Missouri Tigers33 0.5002.50.00.0 2-11-23-0-3
Kentucky Wildcats35 0.3753.50.00.0 2-21-33-0-5
Tennessee Volunteers25 0.2864.00.00.0 1-21-32-0-5
South Carolina Gamecocks26 0.2504.50.00.0 1-31-32-0-6
Vanderbilt Commodores07 0.0006.00.00.0 0-40-30-0-7

Sun Belt

EastWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Coastal Carolina Chanticleers80 01.0000.00.00.0 5-03-08-0-0
Appalachian State Mountaineers62 0.7502.00.00.0 4-02-26-0-2
Georgia Southern Eagles63 0.6672.50.00.0 5-01-36-0-3
Georgia St. Panthers44 0.5004.00.00.0 2-22-24-0-4
Troy Trojans44 0.5004.00.00.0 2-22-24-0-4

Mountain West

MountainWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Boise State Broncos41 0.8000.00.00.0 2-12-04-0-1
Air Force Falcons22 0.5001.50.00.0 2-10-12-0-2
Colorado State Rams12 0.3332.00.00.0 1-00-21-0-2
Wyoming Cowboys12 0.3332.00.00.0 1-00-21-0-2
Utah State Aggies04 0.0003.50.00.0 0-20-20-0-4
New Mexico Lobos04 0.0003.50.00.0 0-10-30-0-4

Pacific-12

NorthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Oregon Ducks30 01.0000.00.00.0 2-01-03-0-0
Washington Huskies20 01.0000.50.00.0 2-00-02-0-0
Washington State Cougars11 0.5001.50.00.0 0-11-01-0-1
Oregon State Beavers12 0.3332.00.00.0 1-10-11-0-2
California Golden Bears02 0.0002.50.00.0 0-00-20-0-2
Stanford Cardinal02 0.0002.50.00.0 0-10-10-0-2
SouthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Southern California Trojans30 01.0000.00.00.0 1-02-03-0-0
Colorado Buffaloes20 01.0000.50.00.0 1-01-02-0-0
UCLA Bruins12 0.3332.00.00.0 1-00-21-0-2
Utah Utes01 0.0002.00.00.0 0-10-00-0-1
Arizona State Sun Devils01 0.0002.00.00.0 0-00-10-0-1
Arizona Wildcats02 0.0002.50.00.0 0-10-10-0-2

American Athletic

TeamsWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Cincinnati Bearcats80 01.0000.00.00.0 6-02-08-0-0
Southern Methodist Mustangs72 0.7781.50.00.0 3-14-17-0-2
Tulsa Golden Hurricane51 0.8332.00.00.0 3-02-15-0-1
Memphis Tigers52 0.7142.50.00.0 5-00-25-0-2
Central Florida Knights53 0.6253.00.00.0 2-23-15-0-3
Tulane Green Wave55 0.5004.00.00.0 2-23-35-0-5
Houston Cougars33 0.5004.00.00.0 2-21-13-0-3
Navy Midshipmen34 0.4294.50.00.0 1-22-23-0-4
East Carolina Pirates26 0.2506.00.00.0 0-32-32-0-6
Temple Owls16 0.1436.50.00.0 1-20-41-0-6
South Florida Bulls17 0.1257.00.00.0 1-20-51-0-7

Big 12

TeamsWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Iowa State Cyclones62 0.7500.00.00.0 4-12-16-0-2
Oklahoma Sooners62 0.7500.00.00.0 4-12-16-0-2
Oklahoma State Cowboys52 0.7140.50.00.0 3-12-15-0-2
Texas Longhorns52 0.7140.50.00.0 3-12-15-0-2
West Virginia Mountaineers53 0.6251.00.00.0 5-00-35-0-3
Kansas State Wildcats44 0.5002.00.00.0 2-22-24-0-4
Texas Christian Horned Frogs34 0.4292.50.00.0 1-32-13-0-4
Texas Tech Red Raiders35 0.3753.00.00.0 3-20-33-0-5
Baylor Bears15 0.1674.00.00.0 1-10-41-0-5
Kansas Jayhawks07 0.0005.50.00.0 0-30-40-0-7

Independents I-A

TeamsWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Brigham Young Cougars90 01.0000.00.00.0 6-03-09-0-0
Notre Dame Fighting Irish80 01.0000.50.00.0 5-03-08-0-0
Liberty Flames81 0.8891.00.00.0 5-03-18-0-1
Army Black Knights72 0.7782.00.00.0 6-01-27-0-2
Massachusetts Minutemen03 0.0006.00.00.0 0-00-30-0-3

Big Ten

WestWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Northwestern Wildcats50 01.0000.00.00.0 3-02-05-0-0
Iowa Hawkeyes32 0.6002.00.00.0 1-12-13-0-2
Wisconsin Badgers21 0.6672.00.00.0 1-01-12-0-1
Purdue Boilermakers22 0.5002.50.00.0 1-11-12-0-2
Illinois Fighting Illini23 0.4003.00.00.0 0-22-12-0-3
Minnesota Golden Gophers23 0.4003.00.00.0 1-21-12-0-3
Nebraska Cornhuskers13 0.2503.50.00.0 1-10-21-0-3

Conference USA

WestWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners64 0.6000.00.00.0 4-12-36-0-4
UAB Blazers43 0.5710.50.00.0 3-11-24-0-3
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs43 0.5710.50.00.0 3-11-24-0-3
North Texas Mean Green33 0.5001.00.00.0 2-31-03-0-3
Texas El Paso Miners34 0.4291.50.00.0 2-01-43-0-4
Southern Miss Golden Eagles27 0.2223.50.00.0 1-51-22-0-7
Rice Owls12 0.3331.50.00.0 0-11-11-0-2

Mid-American

WestWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Western Michigan Broncos30 01.0000.00.00.0 1-02-03-0-0
Toledo Rockets21 0.6671.00.00.0 1-01-12-0-1
Central Michigan Chippewas21 0.6671.00.00.0 1-11-02-0-1
Ball State Cardinals21 0.6671.00.00.0 2-00-12-0-1
Eastern Michigan Eagles03 0.0003.00.00.0 0-10-20-0-3
Northern Illinois Huskies03 0.0003.00.00.0 0-20-10-0-3

Mountain West

WestWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Nevada Wolf Pack50 01.0000.00.00.0 3-02-05-0-0
San Jose State Spartans40 01.0000.50.00.0 3-01-04-0-0
Fresno State Bulldogs31 0.7501.50.00.0 1-12-03-0-1
San Diego State Aztecs32 0.6002.00.00.0 2-11-13-0-2
Hawaii Rainbow Warriors23 0.4003.00.00.0 1-11-22-0-3
UNLV Rebels04 0.0004.50.00.0 0-20-20-0-4

Southeastern

WestWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Alabama Crimson Tide70 01.0000.00.00.0 4-03-07-0-0
Texas A&M Aggies51 0.8331.50.00.0 3-02-15-0-1
Auburn Tigers52 0.7142.00.00.0 4-01-25-0-2
Louisiana State Tigers33 0.5003.50.00.0 1-12-23-0-3
Mississippi Rebels34 0.4294.00.00.0 1-32-13-0-4
Arkansas Razorbacks35 0.3754.50.00.0 2-21-33-0-5
Mississippi State Bulldogs25 0.2865.00.00.0 1-21-32-0-5

Sun Belt

WestWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
UL Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns71 0.8750.00.00.0 3-14-07-0-1
Arkansas St. Red Wolves36 0.3334.50.00.0 2-11-53-0-6
South Alabama Jaguars36 0.3334.50.00.0 2-31-33-0-6
Texas State Bobcats29 0.1826.50.00.0 1-41-52-0-8
UL Monroe Warhawks08 0.0007.00.00.0 0-40-40-0-8

Last Injuries

Wake Forest Demon Deacons

  • Jacquez Williams

    Head
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Williams left the previous game with a head injury, and it is unclear if he will suit up Saturday versus Louisville.

  • A.T. Perry

    Undisclosed
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Perry has missed the last two games due to an unspecified injury, and it is unknown if he will play against Louisville on Saturday.

  • Nasir Greer

    Knee
    out for season | out

    Greer is out of commission due to a season-ending knee injury.