ACC Announces 2009 Football Schedule
Feb. 12, 2009
Wake Forest University and the Atlantic Coast Conference today announced the ACC football schedule for the 2009 season. For the second consecutive year, the Demon Deacons will play seven home games including four against ACC opponents and three vs. non-conference opponents.
This marks just the third time in school history that the Deacons have had seven home games.
Wake Forest's 12 opponents combined to go 84-69 last year, a winning percentage of .549. Eight opponents played in bowl games last season.
"Similar to last season, this will be one of the most challenging schedules in the country," said Wake Forest head coach Jim Grobe. "It's exciting to have seven home games and we'll have to play our best at home and on the road to have a chance to win."
The Deacons will play five of their first six games at BB&T Field including the season-opener against Baylor on Sept. 5. The Deacons follow with home contests against Stanford on Sept. 12 and Elon on Sept. 19. After opening ACC play at Boston College on Sept. 26, Wake will return home to host NC State on Oct. 3 and Maryland on Oct. 10.
Wake will play four of its final six games on the road. The Deacons travel to Clemson on Oct. 17 and play a non-league contest at Navy on Oct. 24. Wake then closes ACC play with a home game against Miami on Oct. 31, a road trip to Georgia Tech on Nov. 7, a home game with Florida State on Nov. 14 and the season finale at Duke on Nov. 28.
The Deacons have an open date on Nov. 21.
Wake Forest's home game with Baylor is the final contest of a home-and-home series between the Deacons and the Bears. Wake Forest won last year's game in Waco by a 41-13 score. The Stanford game marks the first of a two-game home-and-home series with the Cardinal. Wake Forest will play in Palo Alto in 2010.
Wake's game with Elon, a member of the Southern Conference, will mark its first against a Football Championship Subdivision team since a win over Liberty in 2006.
Navy and Wake Forest will play for the fourth time in just over two years. Wake won at Annapolis in 2007 and lost to Navy at BB&T Field in 2008. The Deacs topped the Midshipmen in last December's inaugural EagleBank Bowl in Washington, D.C. The two teams are also scheduled to face each other at BB&T Field in 2010.
Game times have not yet been determined and will be released at a later date.
2009 Wake Forest Football Schedule
SCHEDULE NOTES: The Stanford game will mark Wake's first regular season game against a Pac 10 Conference opponent . . . The three previous games against Pac 10 opponents all occurred in bowl games (Oregon in the 2002 Seattle Bowl, Arizona State in the 1999 Aloha Bowl and Oregon in the 1992 Independence Bowl) . . . Wake is 3-0 vs. those Pac 10 opponents . . . The Deacons are 7-3 all-time against Navy . . . Wake Forest is 8-0-1 all-time against Elon . . . The two teams have not met since the 1939 season . . . Wake Forest's win over Baylor in 2008 was its first-ever victory over the Bears . . . Baylor had won the first four meetings between 1948-61.