Scouting Wake Forest: How The Tigers Win...
1. Throw and catch: The Tigers have been 'just okay' in the passing game so far. Four games into the season, with new go-to receivers emerging, it's time to sharpen things up a bit. The fewer bobbles, drops and just-off passes, the better chance the Tigers have to get Chad Morris' offense humming again. If that happens, it will be a long afternoon for the Deacons.
2. Keep up the pressure: Clemson's defensive front four (all eight or 10 of them) shows signs of developing into a truly dominant unit. The kind of defensive pressure exerted by Vic Beasley, Shaq Lawson, Corey Crawford and others against N.C. State is a game-changer for this team. Wake Forest would like to settle in, mix the run and pass, and keep the football away from Clemson's offense. Disrupting the Deacons' game from the get-go will be the Tigers' easiest path to victory.
3. Contain Michael Campanaro: He may not be the biggest or fastest receiver in the ACC, but the Deacons' senior is an extraordinary player, with the knack for getting himself open by finding holes in coverage; and then is a sure-handed pass-catcher. Quarterback Tanner Price has connected with Campanaro 179 times in their careers, and he'll go to his favorite target early and often on Saturday. The Tigers need to make sure he doesn't turn short completions into big gains.