Virginia Tech vs.
Wake Forest

3:30 p.m., Lane Stadium, Blacksburg, Va. TV: ESPNU. Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM). Records: Hokies 4-2, 2-0 ACC; Demon Deacons 2-4, 1-2.


Wake Forest quarterback Tanner Price had an historic day in the Demon Deacons' 28-27 loss to Navy last week, setting almost every school passing record for a true freshman. The offense could be tough to prepare for because Wake Forest has used four quarterbacks and recently switched from an option attack to a pass-oriented philosophy to better accentuate Price's strengths. But Price is still just three weeks removed from getting knocked out with a concussion in a 31-0 loss to Florida State. If the Hokies can rattle Price early, he might remember that he's still just 19 years old and making his third collegiate start.


Virginia Tech's offense has had moments where it appeared unstoppable intertwined with lapses in execution all season, but the Hokies should have a big day Saturday. Wake Forest has given up 17 passing touchdowns, ranks 85th in the country in passing defense and is allowing close to 250 yards rushing in its last four games. Take out the Demon Deacons' 53-14 victory over division I-AA Presbyterian to begin the season, and the statistics are even more ugly.


Even though Virginia Tech won going away against Central Michigan last weekend, it was also the fourth time in six games this year in which the Hokies gave up the first score. But this is not the same Wake Forest that won an ACC title in 2006 and averaged eight wins per season with former quarterback Riley Skinner; in addition to Price, the Demon Deacons could potentially play nine freshmen on defense as well. On experience alone the Hokies should win by a large margin, but a fast start would allow reserves to get some much-needed playing time.

-- Mark Giannotto

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