Boston College - Wake Forest Matchup

#14 Boston College (5-1) will take on Wake Forest (2-4) this Saturday at Alumni Stadium. The Eagles will look to avenge losses to the Demon Deacons in both 2003 and 2004. The Eagles are coming off a 28-17 penalty-filled win over Virginia last week. Wake Forest lost to Florida State 41-24. The Eagles are a 14 point favorite. Here are the key players:

The Quarterbacks
Quinton Porter -- 70.7% comp, 890 yards, 6 TD, 3 INT
Cory Randolph -- 75.5% comp, 353 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT

Top Rushers
L.V. Whitworth -- 426 yards, 4.5 ypc, 3 TD
  Andre Callender -- 414 yards, 5.5 ypc, 1 TD
Chris Barclay -- 586 yards, 5.9 ypc, 6 TD
  Micah Andrews -- 503 yards, 5.7 ypc, 0 TD

Top Receivers
Will Blackmon (WR) -- 24 catches, 266 yards, 2 TD
  Larry Lester (WR) -- 19 catches, 222 yards, 0 TD
Nate Morton (WR) -- 19 catches, 252 yards, 1 TD
  Demir Boldin (WR) -- 8 catches, 108 yards, 0 TD

Top Defenders
Ray Henderson (LB) -- 33 tackles, 1 INT
  Brian Toal (LB) -- 27 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss
  Mathias Kiwanuka (DE) -- 23 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 1 FF
Josh Gattis (FS) -- 40 tackles, 2 INT, 4 PBU
  Patrick Ghee (SS) -- 39 tackles
  Jon Abbate (MLB) -- 35 tackles

The Kickers
Ryan Ohliger -- 6/11 FG, 14/15 PAT
Sam Swank -- 9/13 FG, 15/15 PAT

The Punters
Johnny Ayers -- 40.8 yards per punt
Ryan Plackemeier -- 46.0 yards per punt

The Kick Returners
Will Blackmon -- 18.8 yds per KO return,
6.0 yds per punt return (1 TD)
Kevin Marion -- 18.6 yards per KO ret
Willie Idlette -- 6.1 yards per punt return

Final Analysis

The Wake Forest offense is capable of putting lots of points on the board. They have scored 31 points or more in four of their last five games and rushed for 247 yards last week against a stingy Florida State run defense. Cory Randolph has completed 75% of his passes and running backs Chris Barclay and Micah Andrews are averaging 5.9 and 5.7 yards per carry, respectively. This will be an interesting matchup for a BC defense that is ranked 5th in the nation against the run.

The Wake Forest defense has had all kinds of problems the past two weeks, surrendering a whopping 1,041 total yards to Clemson and Florida State. The Demon Deacons have had little success stopping the run or the pass in recent weeks. This is great news for a BC running game that seems to be getting better each week and for Quinton Porter, who should be healthier than he was last week against Virginia.

The kicking game essentially cost BC a win last year at Wake Forest. BC is having problems with field goals once again. The advantage in the kicking game clearly goes to Wake Forest. Both teams have had little success returning punts or kickoffs this season.

Boston College has been better than Wake Forest in each of the past two seasons, but the Deacons are 2-0 during that time because of BC mistakes. If BC continues to commit penalties and turn the ball over, they could certainly lose to Wake for a third consecutive year. If they limit mistakes and get off to a good start, this should be a relatively easy win. Wake Forest has a solid running game but they cannot win this game at the line of scrimmage. BC's offensive line outweighs Wake's defensive line by an average of 63 pounds per man. Wake Forest's offensive line outweighs BC's defensive line by just three pounds per man. BC will try to make this a battle in the trenches. Wake Forest will attempt to use their speed to make big plays. This should be a fun game to watch and hopefully, there won't be any chop blocks.

Final Score: Boston College 34 Wake Forest 23

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Wake Forest by the Numbers

Wake Forest has beaten BC in each of the past two seasons

Chris Barclay is third in the country in career rushing yards among active players with 3,491

Statistic BC WF
Offense - Run 38 17
Offense - Pass 35 102
Offense - Total 26 64
Defense - Run 5 64
Defense - Pass 39 95
Defense - Total 10 84