Clemson has accumulated 2, yards of offense in four games — the most in program history through the first four weeks of the season. Reading this story on a mobile device browser? Clemson wide receiver Tee Higgins 5 races yards for a touchdown during the first quarter at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, South Carolina Saturday, September 21,
For Wake Forest, chances are really running out with a road game against Notre Dame and then a tough Vanderbilt squad in the final week of the season.
This will be their best shot at getting to the postseason, even if they are on the road.
Winning isn't as imperative, but you can bet Tom O'Brien would rather have seven wins than six. This is a game that the Wolfpack should be dying to win, especially coming off two losses in games they should have won. What They're Saying NC State coach O'Brien addressed the media on Monday with the impending bowl eligibility issue on the line, and two losses hanging heavy on his head.
Here's some of his quoteboard, as reported by Scout. We can't just go out and think we can just play the game and win. You talk to the offensive coaches, they thought they had a really good week of practice. There was enthusiasm, they were sharp, and then we went out and there were a lot of guys on offense that didn't play very well.
That's as bad as we played offensively all year. That's where you have success in this profession. Whitlock is a redshirt junior, but he's caught the eye of several NFL scouts with his ability to get into the backfield.
Harris, a true freshman, is the bigger of the two and has a bright future so far. But don't discount Whitlock, who has a very Jay Ratliff-type presence about him on the field.
If Mike Glennon stays away from interceptions, they win. If he doesn't, they lose.
He's had a good year with over 2, yards and 20 touchdowns, but the picks keep costing him. The only exception to that rule was the thrilling win over Florida State.
In all four of NC State's losses, Glennon has tossed two or more picks.
Against a defense only allowing 28 points per game, can he give his team a chance to win without turning the ball over? Wolfpack Secondary Campanaro went off in Week 10, catching 16 balls for three touchdowns in his team's win over Boston College.
NC State has a huge challenge on its hands slowing down the 5'11" receiver, who leads the team in all receiving categories this season, despite missing two games. If Wake gets an early lead, expect them to continue to try and find open space for Campanaro, who is one of the most explosive and Wes Welker-esque receivers in the ACC, especially considering his size.
The 16 catches tied an ACC single-game record, so you can bet he'll be a point of emphasis for the coaching staff this week in practice. Prediction Wake Forest has won five of the last seven matchups between the two. With NC State fading at the wrong time and Demon Deacons aching for a bowl berth, the road team pulls off the upset in this one.