The Deacs went 2-0 this weekend after taking care of Vanderbilt in Nashville by a comfortable margin. Let’s check out the rest of the Wake schedule and see which teams are still undefeated.
Opponent’s combined record in Week 1: 7-3
Opponent’s combined record: 18-6
Freedom 21—UAB 14 (2-0)
The Flames went 2-0 after eliminating UAB, but it wasn’t exactly pretty. Liberty finished with just 390 total yards and was 3-12 on 3rd down. New starting QB Kaidon Salter completed just 52% of his passes for 200 yards, but he rushed for a touchdown. The Flames are yet to score 30 or more points this season. Another great home win for a Liberty side that entered the game as 6-point underdogs.
Clemson 35—Furman 12 (2-0)
Clemson’s offense still isn’t great. Despite an easy win, the Tigers were actually passed by Furman from 384 yards to 376 yards. Will Shipley finished the game with 6.8 yards per carry and 2 touchdowns on his few rushing attempts and continues to be the biggest weapon on the field for the Tigers. DJ Uiagalelei looked a little better against the Paladins (which he should) and completed 78% of his passes for 230 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception.
FSU — GOODBYE
Army 38—UTSA 41 (OT) (0-2)
In a way, the army has become a passing team. They still use the triple option, of course, but it just hasn’t been as effective this season. Against the Road Runners, Army ran the ball 54 times for just 179 yards and completed 13 passes for 304 yards. In 2 games this season, Army has 446 yards through the air and just 381 yards rushing. They’re currently 46th in the nation in rushing yards per game with just under 200 — they’ve been in the top 10 in that stat every year since 2015, when they were 12th. It’s only week 2, but just something to watch.
Boston College 10—Virginia Tech 27 (0-2)
Another lackluster showing from BC in their conference opener – the Eagles had just 155 total yards in that game. Somehow, Boston College managed to run the ball 26 times for a grand total of 4 yards. It seems almost impossible. Phil Jurkovec had another lackluster performance completing 54% of his passes for just 135 yards and a 19.1 QBR. BC hasn’t looked very good so far this season.
Louisville 20—UCF 14 (1-1)
After a poor performance in their opener, Louisville comes back with a nice victory over a non-conference opponent on the road. It was a pretty sloppy game with few points each time racking up double digit penalties for over 100 yards. The Cards’ passing game wasn’t great again, but Cunningham’s 17 carries for 121 yards and 1 touchdown was enough to give Louisville the win.
NC State 55—Charleston South 3 (2-0)
Not much to take from this one, Devin Leary had 6 total touchdowns (4 in the air, 2 on the ground) and the Wolfpack dismantled their FCS opponent.
North Carolina 35—Georgia State 28 (3-0)
The Heels become the first team in the nation to go 3-0, but it hasn’t been easy. For the second week in a row, UNC found themselves struggling against a Sun Belt team but did just enough to earn the win. Omarion Hampton led the way on the Tar Heel offense with 110 rushing yards and 2 TDs. This app win might look more impressive for heels now, though.
Syracuse 48—UConn 14 (2-0)
The Oranges destroy the Huskies, who aren’t exactly FBS’s toughest opponent. Garret Shrader comes into his own as a passer, completing 20 of 23 attempts for 287 yards and 3 touchdowns. Sean Tucker continues to impress with another 100-yard game. Syracuse is starting to look like a real threat this season.
Duke 31 — North West 23 (2-0)
Duke… maybe it’s not so bad. The Blue Devils took the Northwestern route and came out with a solid non-conference win. While Riley Leonard didn’t look good (13-24, 240 yards, 1 TD, 1 Int), Duke ran the ball for 220 yards and 3 touchdowns to claim the victory. Elko’s defense also forced 3 turnovers, and the Devils are now 2-0 against opponents FBS. It remains to be seen whether Northwestern is actually good or not, as their win over Nebraska doesn’t really tell us much anymore.
Freedom is next. Go deacons!