ACC: EagleBank Bowl first take

EagleBank Bowl: Wake Forest (7-5) vs. Navy (8-4)

December, 7, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

There really wasn't any way to avoid a rematch between Wake Forest and Navy, and the Demon Deacons are determined not to lose twice to a team they should have beaten the first time around. This will be the first time in 63 years that Wake Forest has played the same team twice in one season. The Midshipmen beat the Deacs on their home field, 24-17, on Sept. 27.

Like many teams in the ACC, Wake Forest has been dependent upon its defense to win games, and Deacs have come through with their ability to create turnovers. Corner back Alphonso Smith is one of the best in the league, and linebacker Aaron Curry could be a first-round draft pick.

Receiver D.J. Boldin has been Riley Skinner's favorite target this season, but Wake Forest has struggled in the red zone, scoring just 20 touchdowns in 41 trips. That doesn't bode well, considering Navy's defense hasn't allowed a single point over its past eight quarters. The last team to score on Navy was Notre Dame on Nov. 15. Wake's problems on offense have started up front, and the Deacs have struggled to get a consistent running game going all season.

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