With all of the realignment and rescheduling nonsense going on around the country, we wanted to give a breakdown of each of the ACC teams‘s schedules — how the squads stack up, and some thoughts on overall difficulty. All information is up-to-date as of publishing, based on the latest from FBSchedules.com.
Today’s breakdown: Wake Forest Demon Deacons
Once again, Wake Forest’s schedule does them no favors, both in-conference and in non-league play as well. Though things start off easy enough, with a visit from Liberty and then Army a few weeks later, sledding gets rough to end the season.The Demon Deacons are set up to wrap up their league schedule by November 10, giving them two non-league matchups to close out the year. When the Deacs visit Notre Dame, the Irish may very well be ranked in the top 15 — or knowing them, could just as easily be 5-5.
Side note: It’s interesting to see ND face so many ACC teams these past few years, as the conference has appeared more than happy to accommodate the Irish’s scheduling needs. A hint at the future, perhaps? We’ll dive in further next week.
…Finally, Wake Forest closes out their 2012 schedule with a home date against the Vanderbilt Commodores. The hope is that both teams could have bowl bids at stake, but anything can happen. As for their ACC slate, Wake is matched up with three of the league’s four best teams — Clemson, Florida State and NC State — and in turn, also sees its three worst schools based on 2011 overall records; Boston College, Duke and Maryland. The other two games match them up with in-state rivals UNC, as well as the surprise team of 2011, Virginia. As much as this schedule appears daunting (and it is, with five of the league’s top seven teams from last year), the three easier games also give way to a manageable road to .500, at least. Additionally, the Demon Deacons went 5-2 against this year’s in conference opponents during the 2011 season; another sign that perhaps they’re not as challenged here as it would appear in the onset.
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