Saturday marks a rarity for Duke and Wake Forest, who will meet for the primary time with each faculties heading for a bowl recreation as soon as the postseason arrives.
The state’s two ACC members who’re personal faculties have hardly ever gone to bowl video games in the identical season as it’s.
Again in 2017, Duke wanted a win over a seven-win Wake crew within the regular-season finale to get to 6 wins and qualify for a bowl recreation. The Blue Devils gained, 31-23, and joined the Demon Deacons within the postseason.
The next yr, Duke was bowl-eligible when Wake hammered the Blue Devils, 59-7, to say its sixth win and make a bowl recreation.
The previous three seasons, Wake Forest posted successful seasons and performed in bowl video games whereas the Blue Devils suffered by way of three consecutive dropping seasons.
That is modified this season with Duke (7-4, 4-3 ACC) and Wake Forest (7-4, 3-4) each assured of listening to their names known as with bowl pairings are decided on Dec. 4.
That is the primary time Mike Elko, Duke’s first-year head coach, will sq. off in opposition to Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson. Elko was an assistant when Clawson was head coach at Richmond, Bowling Inexperienced and Wake Forest, with Elko the defensive coordinator at Bowling Inexperienced (2009-13) and Wake Forest (2014-16).
Three Duke gamers to observe
Riley Leonard, QB: The sophomore’s stable season consists of finishing 62.5% of his passes with 16 touchdowns and simply 5 interceptions. His 2,403 passing yards are No. 5 within the ACC. He additionally leads Duke in speeding and is tops amongst ACC quarterbacks in speeding with 621 yards and 11 touchdowns. On a chilly, windy day at Pittsburgh final Saturday, Leonard threw for 290 yards and three touchdowns whereas additionally speeding for a rating in a 28-26 Duke loss.
Jordan Moore, WR: The transformed quarterback had his most efficient recreation of the season on Saturday at Pitt, catching 14 passes for 199 yards and a landing. Leonard threw 20 passes towards Moore within the recreation. As a sophomore, Moore has 49 catches for 567 yards and 4 touchdowns this season.
DeWayne Carter, DT: Duke’s prime defensive lineman, Carter might be key to the Blue Devils slowing Wake Forest’s high-powered offense. Carter had two quarterback hurries in opposition to Pitt on Saturday. For the season, he has 5 quarterback hurries, 4.5 sacks and three pressured fumbles with 9 tackles for loss.
Three Wake Forest gamers to observe
Sam Hartman, QB: In what he says might be his last faculty season, Hartman has thrown for 32 touchdowns and three,074 yards, each second within the ACC behind North Carolina redshirt freshman Drake Maye. Hartman’s completion proportion is 63.1% and he is thrown seven of his 10 interceptions over the previous 4 video games.
AT Perry, WR: One of many ACC’s prime receivers, the sure-handed Perry has 10 landing receptions and 893 receiving yards on 62 receptions. Solely UNC’s Josh Downs has extra landing receptions amongst ACC receivers than Perry.
Jasheen Davis, DL: A pressure in the midst of Wake’s protection, Davis has 11.5 tackles for losses this season with 4 quarterback hurries and a pressured fumble. He leads Wake with 5 sacks.
vegas betting odds
Wake opened as a 3.5-point favourite over Duke on Sunday. The over-under whole is 70.5.
Wake Forest at Duke recreation and TV data
Who: Duke (7-4, 4-3) at Wake Forest (7-4, 3-4)
The place: Wallace Wade Stadium, Durham
When: 3:30pm, Sat
TV: ESPN2 or ACC Community