Yes, it's just about that time, y'all. As we have noted elsewhere on the site, NC State fookin' finally gets a September night game at C-F...and it's offlimits to fans.
Meet 2020, the Year That Holds Our Collective Beer.
Before doing any actual research, I have a series of random thoughts on this matchup:
1) Wake Forest plays a game before we do, allowing them to sharpen up. That's Bad!
2) But said opening game is a nigh-certain rogering at the hands of Son de Clem. That's Good!
3) But what if they make a valiant showing? They'd come into West Raleigh feeling Billy Big Bollocks. That's Bad!
4) Look, with the space/time continuum being as borken as it is, can one really use logic to this JV NFL season? Or anything else for that matter? Just enjoy the ride! That's Good!
I am also generally of the opinion that "timing based" offenses will take some time to gel. But Wake could easily just run it down our damned throats, given that we insist on playing that stupid 3-3-5, despite most of our "talent" being on the line.
We are predicted to finish 12th by The Athletic (worth paying for, if you like football and futbol as much as I do). What about Wake? A manageable 10th:
10. Wake Forest
The Deacs have finished higher than their preseason ACC ranking in each of the past five seasons, so underestimate Dave Clawson and Co. at your own peril. Sam Hartman is a quality starting quarterback, but he will have his work cut out for him as the offense looks to replace two-time captain Cade Carney at running back and first-team All-ACC receiver Sage Surratt.
Jamie Newman thankfully left for UGA, then left JV NFL entirely (to prep for the draft). That is very helpful.
Way I see it, this fixture will be decided by OL play. If theirs is better/more settled than ours, Deacs win. Otherwise, we have a puncher's chance to start this cray-cray season 1-0. And likely go into a tailspin immediately thereafter.
We just ain't very talented, or well-coached. It is what it is. But like George Will says, being a pessimist means always being proven right, or pleasantly surprised.
Let's hope for "pleasant surprise" - even if 2020 doesn't really seem so inclined.