They don’t have to wonder anymore. With Oregon’s loss on Thursday night, the Seminoles control their own destiny and are a virtual lock to play for the national championship if they win out.
That journey begins this afternoon against a Wake Forest team that is really struggling, particularly on offense. Last week, they lost 13-0 against Syracuse, and suffered an even bigger blow when they lost wide receiver Michael Campanaro for 4-6 weeks with a broken collarbone.
Campanaro was unquestionably the best player on the Demon Deacon’s offense and had been putting up some staggering numbers. He had 803 receiving yards and eight touchdowns on the season before going out with the injury in the first quarter last week. Without Campanaro, the leading receiver on the team becomes Jonathan Williams, who has 15 catches for 212 yards.
Meanwhile, the Noles’ defense has been stifling all season long. They rank second in the nation in passing defense and will be able to get after Wake quarterback Tanner Price today. The Noles have intercepted 12 passes this year and appear to be gaining confidence in new defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt‘s system each game.
Wake Forest will have to try and establish the running game to keep the Noles off-balance, but Josh Harris has just 302 yards rushing for the season. In other words, it could be a long day for a Wake Forest offense that is facing a team that now knows it can play for the national title.