Week 5: Wake Forest vs. Duke
No, we are not talking about college basketball here. The Tobacco Road rivalry—which also includes North Carolina and North Carolina State—is definitely more intense on the hardwood, but it is underrated on the gridiron.
Duke has not defeated Wake Forest in football since 1999, but that could change this season. The Blue Devils have not made a bowl game since 1994, but they have three wins already this season. And the last time Duke won more than five football games? 1994.
Wake Forest also comes into the tilt with three wins, but its loss was a 52-0 shutout against Florida State in Week 3.
I have allowed Daniel Carp of The Chronicle, Duke's student newspaper, to help explain why this game made my list:
So if Duke hasn’t defeated Wake Forest since before Y2K almost happened, how has this one-sided relationship become a rivalry? Because nearly every meeting between the Blue Devils and Demon Deacons since Duke’s last victory has been a game to remember. Five of the last six contests have been decided by fewer than seven points.
Oh, and because the two schools are about a 90-minute drive from each other.