Wake Forest plays Boston College for spot in ACC title game

November 26, 2021 GMT

No. 21 Wake Forest (9-2, 6-1 Atlantic Coast Conference, No. 10 CFP) at Boston College (6-5, 2-5), Saturday at noon EST (ESPN2).

Line: Wake Forest by 4 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

Series record: Boston College leads 14-11-2.

WHAT’S AT STAKE?

Wake Forest looks to clinch its first ACC Atlantic Division title since 2006. A Boston College win would open a spot in the league championship game for North Carolina State or Clemson.

KEY MATCHUP

Wake Forest rushing defense vs. Boston College RB Pat Garwo. The Demon Deacons defense has allowed more than 300 yards rushing in two of the past three games and four times on the season. Garwo has four 100-yard games this season, including a career-high 175 against Missouri on Sept. 25. He needs 19 yards to surpass 1,000 for the season.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Wake Forest: QB Sam Hartman has thrown for 3,475 yards to lead an offense that averages more than 43 points per game — fourth in the nation. He has thrown for more than 300 yards in six of the last seven games and at least one touchdown in 14 games in a row.

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Boston College: CB Josh DeBerry leads Boston College with 53 tackles. He is second on the team with two interceptions. He had a career-high 10 tackles against Georgia Tech.

FACTS & FIGURES

The visiting team has won the last six games between the schools. ... A victory would give Wake Forest 10 wins, the second-most in school history to the 2006 team that won 11 and lost in the Orange Bowl. The 2007 team won nine games. ... Wake Forest leads the ACC in third-down conversion percentage (49.7), fumbles recovered (13), turnover margin (+24), yards per pass completion (14.92) and red zone offense (50 scores in 53 attempts). K Nick Sciba leads the ACC and is seventh nationally with 108 points. ... BC has lost 24 straight against ranked opponents. Its last win over an AP Top 25 team was a 37-31 victory over Southern California in 2014. ... BC receiver Zay Flowers is fifth in school history with 17 touchdown receptions and 10th with 1,978 yards receiving and 12th with 121 receptions.

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