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OK, there's no more putting this off. The elephant in the room. The trip to Winston-Salem, for a de facto home game that will 90% likely determine the Atlantic Champion.
Yes, let's not assume 100% - we would still need another Wake Forest loss down the stretch (likely but not assured). But we can't out-tiebreak WFU if they beat us. I am not looking up fanciful, potential 3/4-way ties at 6-2.
Should we win Saturday, but Wake finishes 7-1...I will be shitting my pants all of Thanksgiving Week. But again, let's just not go there. YET.
Naturally, the Holes screwed us with their comeback win last week. It will throw cold water over "Billy Big Bollocks" feelings and allow Claussen to keep his crew focused. Make no mistake - we will get the Deacons' best shot.
They are a compare and contrast of matchup pluses and minuses. Bad? They specialize in deep ball passing. And they don't settle for FGs or ever think "hey, that should be enough points to win." They will attack, attack, attack. Our depth, conditioning, and focus will all be tested to the limit. Unlike any other opponent on our schedule. We will have to bring back 100% of the defensive performance from Tallahassee.
But the good? They can't defend for shit, especially against the run. Bam, Person, and Pinnix all have to be licking their chops. But we have to keep a certain mindset - including there is no such thing as 4th down. To punt, or even kick FGs, against these? Is absurd. Every. Single. Possession. Needs to be "TD or bust." And I am not exaggerating.
This is very meaningful to me. My daughter is a junior in textiles management. After the awfulness that enveloped 2020, she has "stopped to smell the flowers" and attended every (or almost every) home game this season, and really enjoyed herself. I want her to experience playing for a championship. Our last football title came in 1979, as you all know. I was 6, so I should have some memory of it. But I do not.
WolvenSpawn asked me when we last played in the ACC title game, and I had to reply "never" - then explaining that the concept is relatively new, or at least in geological time. But yeah - NONE. We need to fix that shit, even if Pitt beats us in Charlotte. This is an essential step in that journey, though thanks to Da U - not a conclusive one.