Wake Forest Demon Deacons football
|Wake Forest Demon Deacons football|
|Head coach||Dave Clawson|
|Home stadium||BB&T Field at Groves Stadium|
|Location||Winston-Salem, North Carolina, US|
|All-time record||429–624–33 (.410)|
|Postseason bowl record||6–4–0|
|Conference titles||2 (1970, 2006)|
Old gold and black
|Fight song||O' Here's to Wake Forest|
|Marching band||The Spirit of the Old Gold & Black|
|Rivals||Duke Blue Devils
North Carolina Tar Heels
NC State Wolfpack
|Website||Wake Forest University Official Athletic Site|
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons football team represents Wake Forest University in the sport of American football. The Demon Deacons compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Atlantic Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). Wake Forest plays its home football games at BB&T Field and is currently coached by Dave Clawson.
Wake Forest struggled in football for much of the second half of the 20th century. This is largely because it is the third-smallest school in FBS in terms of undergraduate enrollment (behind only Rice and Tulsa). It is also by far the smallest school playing in a BCS conference. However, since the start of the 21st century, the Deacons have been mostly competitive.
Wake Forest was ranked in the Top 25 in the nation by the AP Poll during most of the 2006 season. Wake Forest won the 2006 ACC Atlantic Division Title and the 2006 ACC Conference Championship by defeating Georgia Tech 9-6 on December 2 in the ACC Championship Game in Jacksonville, Florida. The win sent Wake Forest to the Orange Bowl to play Big East champion Louisville, where they lost to the Cardinals. This made Wake Forest the smallest school to ever compete in the Bowl Championship Series.
All-time bowl record
Wake Forest has played in ten bowls in its history and owns a 6–4 record in those games. For the 2006–2007 season, the school earned a bid to its first ever BCS game, with an Orange Bowl match-up against Louisville. Wake also had played in the 1982 Mirage Bowl in Tokyo, Japan against Clemson. However, because this game was played during the regular season, the NCAA does not recognize it as an official bowl game. Wake also competed in the 1951, 1953, 1954 Tobacco Bowl in Richmond, Virginia. According to the NCAA, it doesn't count as an official bowl game since this game isn't a postseason bowl.
Wake Forest is referred to as being a part of "Tobacco Road" or the Big Four, terms that refer to the four North Carolina schools that compete heatedly against each other within the ACC. Wake's all-time records against the members of Tobacco Road are 36-68-2 against UNC, 38-62-6 against NC State, and 37-55-2 against Duke. Wake Forest defeated North Carolina 6-4 on October 18, 1888 during the first intercollegiate football game played in the state of North Carolina. Wake Forest swept the series with its Tobacco Road rivals in 1924, 1951, 1970, 1984, 1987, 2006, and 2007. Wake Forest has a contract through 2013 to play Vanderbilt during the final "rivalry week" of the regular season after the 2014 & 2015 games were cancelled.
Wake Forest head football coaches