Scouting Wake Forest: How The Deacons Win...
1. Win the turnover battle: Wake Forest struggled in its first three games, beating Presbyterian and then losing to Boston College and Louisiana-Monroe. One thing the Deacons have done well, however, is play takeaway. Wake Forest ranked sixth nationally in interceptions going into its game against Army. The Deacons play aggressively on defense under Jim Grobe, and their best chance to play nose-to-nose with the Tigers will be to force Clemson into a couple of early turnovers.
2. Get some stops: Wake Forest can't win if Clemson controls the football, moving the chains and finding an offensive rhythm. The Deacons' inability to get the opposing offense off the field was a killer against Louisiana-Monroe, which converted 15 of 28 third-down opportunities. Wake played better in that regard against Army, will have to do so again to have a chance on Saturday.
3. Make the running game work: The Deacons can play throw-and-catch with anybody, but they'll need to balance their offense to move the ball against a team like Clemson. Josh Harris is a tough, capable running back, and he'll need to be a big part of Wake Forest's game plan - as he was in the Deacons' victory at West Point on Saturday.