Prediction time: Wake Forest

Army (1-2) is a 3-point home underdog against Wake Forest (1-2) Saturday at Michie Stadium.

The Black Knights are coming off a 34-20 home loss to No. 5 Stanford. Wake Forest fell to Louisiana-Monroe 21-19 at home last week.

Army was a 7-point road underdog at Wake Forest last year. Wake Forest won 49-37.

Can Army play with the same intensity and effort as it did against Stanford last week?

Can Army’s secondary contain senior wide receiver Michael Campanaro, who tied an ACC record with 16 catches last week?

The Black Knights have defeated a Bowl Championship Series conference team in each of coach Rich Ellerson’s first four seasons. Can Army extend the streak to five?

How will Army make up for the loss of senior running back Raymond Maples, who is likely out for the game due to injury?

Sal Interdonato, Times Herald-Record Army football beat writer: Army 28, Wake Forest 24. Don’t think this will be a high-scoring game like last year. Army’s offense, which has scored a total of four touchdowns in its last two games, needs to step it up and running back Terry Baggett needs to continue to raise the level of his game. This is a game Army must win if it entertains any hopes of playing in a bowl game.

Predictions from the college football universe
Andrea Adelson, ESPN.com: Wake Forest 28, Army 27
Heather Dinich, ESPN.com: Wake Forest 21, Army 20
Mitch Light, AthlonSports.com: Wake Forest 20, Army 10. Light says on athlonsports.com, “Wake Forest’s offseason offensive tweaks (more option, more “old-school” Jim Grobe) hasn’t led to more production. Through three games, the Demon Deacons rank 104th in the nation in total offense, including an alarming 112th in rushing offense. Not good.”
Pat Forde, Yahoo Sports: Wake Forest
Graham Watson, Yahoo Sports: Army

 

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