After scoring a 44-10 victory over VMI, the Wake Forest Demon Deacons now face a tougher challenge as they will be traveling to Nashville to face Vanderbilt at FirstBank Stadium Vanderbilt handled its business at FirstBank Stadium on Saturday in a 42-31 win over visiting Elon, setting up what promises to be a memorable day on campus next weekend. The Commodores didn’t play their crispest ballgame and, on the surface, took some steps back in a sloppy victory.
Though the two teams have had quite different levels of success across the past decade, Vanderbilt actually holds a three-game winning streak over the Deacs. The Commodores defeated Wake Forest in 2011, 2012 and 2013 by a combined 72 points. Those wins came with coaches who are no longer with the programs, Vanderbilt’s James Franklin is now the head coach at Penn State, while Wake’s Jim Grobe is retired, meaning that there is a chance of getting a different result this time around.
The Commodores struggled last season, finishing 2-10 overall and a winless 0-8 in the SEC. Their only victories came against Colorado State and UConn, who combined for a 4-20 record. Vanderbilt’s worst loss last season didn’t even come in conference — the team lost 23-3 to East Tennessee State out of the FCS in their first game of the season. Even with their paltry record, the Commodores brought in the No. 44 recruiting class in the NCAA.
Now looking at the Demon Deacons, they run a unique style of offense known as the Slow Mesh. which is an RPO-based system in which the offensive line sets-up for run-blocking on most plays, but the QB can take his “option” to keep the ball and throw it to a receiver. This process often takes more time than a typical offense to develop in the backfield, which is why it is called the Slow Mesh. That’s why it’s difficult to predict how the Deacs season will unfold as it’s still too early to tell, though this match will give us a good idea in that regard.
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Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs Vanderbilt Commodores Game Information
- Date: 09/10/2022
- Time: 12:00 PM ET
- Location: FirstBank Stadium, Nashville, TN.
- How to Watch Wake Forest vs Vanderbilt: SECN
- Live Stream: fubo.tv
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