After losing 14 in a row to FSU (2-0), the Demon Deacons (2-0) have won the past two, stunning the Seminoles 30-0 in Tallahassee in 2006, then rallying for a 24-21 win last season in Winston-Salem, N.C. The difference in those games, and for Wake overall in those seasons, has been QB Riley Skinner, who virtually no one recruited out of Jacksonville Bolles. Last year, Skinner led the nation in completion percentage (72.4) and has been even sharper this year, hitting 59 of 79 passes (74.7 percent) for 487 yards and five touchdowns with no interceptions. It should help the FSU defense that DT Budd Thacker returns from suspension (academic misconduct scandal) and the offense should get a boost from WR Preston Parker's return (suspension for offseason arrest) in the ACC opener for both teams.
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The Seminoles start three freshmen and two sophomores on the O-line who have played well so far, but the Wake Forest defense is led by seven fifth-year seniors and one graduate student. Coach Bobby Bowden said that's the "biggest mismatch" and "it scares me to death."
Brian Landman, Times staff writer
No. 24 Florida State vs. No. 18 Wake Forest, 7, ESPN2, 1040-AM