Clemson coach Dabo Swinney evaluates Wake Forest ahead of crucial matchup
Clemson is approaching one of its biggest games of the season this week against Wake Forest.
If the Tigers win, they’re still alive in the hunt for the ACC Atlantic title. If they lose, their streak of six consecutive ACC championships will come to an end.
Standing in their way is perhaps the best team Wake Forest has ever put on the field.
The Demon Deacons are 9-1 and have a chance to clinch their second 10-win season in program history this week. They’re also 6-0 in ACC play and have never won seven conference games — in any conference — in their history.
On Sunday, coach Dabo Swinney showed respect to what Dave Clawson has built at Wake Forest.
“This is easily the most complete team we’ve seen outside of Georgia,” Swinney said.
Dabo Swinney on Wake Forest: "A really, really, really good Wake Forest team. This is easily the most complete team we’ve seen outside of Georgia."
— Grace Raynor (@gmraynor) November 14, 2021
That’s certainly a compliment, given Georgia’s status as the top team in the country and Clemson’s relatively difficult schedule to this point in the year. The Tigers have already faced ranked teams like NC State and Pitt, as well as a traditional power in Florida State.
Wake Forest is led by quarterback Sam Hartman, who is one of the most underrated passers in the country. He has 39 total touchdowns already this season and leads an offense that has put up at least 35 points in every game so far this year.
That will be an interesting style contrast with Clemson, who has the best yards-per-play defense in the ACC. While the Tigers have struggled offensively this year, their defense is up to par with what it has been in recent years.
Wake Forest will clinch the ACC title if it defeats Clemson or Boston College in its regular season finale on Nov. 27. The Demon Deacons haven’t played in the ACC Championship since 2006.
Kick off is at 12 p.m. ET.