November 25, 2011

Wake Forest vs. Vanderbilt Preview

Vanderbilt Commodores (5-6, 2-6) vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons (6-5, 5-3)

When: Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Central

Where: BB&T Field (31,500), Winston-Salem, N.C.



Radio: Nashville: 97.1 FM; Winston-Salem: 98.1 FM; Sirius: 92; XM: 192

Kickoff weather forecast: 61 degrees, partly cloudy, 10 percent chance of rain

Rankings: neither team is ranked

The line: Vanderbilt by 1.5 (over-under of 49.5)

Sagarin prediction: pick 'em

Series record: Vanderbilt leads 7-6, but Wake beat VU 34-13 in Nashville last year and has won the last three meetings

About Wake Forest

Coach Jim Grobe's program slipped a bit recently from the 11-3, 9-4, and 8-5 campaigns to which he led Wake Forest from 2006-2008, as the Demon Deacons went 5-7 and 3-9 the last two season. But Wake thumped Maryland 31-10 last weekend to snap a three-game losing streak, and more importantly, get bowl-eligible for the first time in three years.

Grobe, in his 11th year at Wake, now has a career record of 68-65 there. The interesting thing about Grobe's run of success is how he's done it: the Demon Deacons have given up more total yards to their opponents than they gained in five of the last eight seasons (including the 11-win 2006 season) and were dead-even in 2007.

So how did Grobe do it, and how did it then fall apart? Wake went plus-13, plus-9, and plus-17 in turnover margin from '06 to '08, but the last two ended at minus-4 and zero in 2009 and 2010, respectively.

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