EagleBank pregame

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

What to watch: Wake Forest's veterans on defense in the first half. Linebacker Aaron Curry, safety Chip Vaughn, defensive back Alphonso Smith, and a veteran defensive line have a chance at redemption in their final game. Curry and Smith are projected first-round draft picks, and Vaughn, of Fairfax, Va., will practically be playing in a home game. They'll have to set the tone on defense early, and play sound assignment football in the first quarter -- something the Deacons didn't do in the September loss.

Why to watch: It's the very first bowl game of 2008, the first time for this bowl, and a rematch of the Sept. 27 game.

Who to watch: Wake Forest place-kicker Sam Swank. He's the healthiest he has been since pulling his right quadriceps in September -- three days after the loss to Navy. During the first four games of the season, Swank had seven touchbacks on kickoffs. Wake Forest didn't have one in eight games without him. Coach Jim Grobe said losing Swank this season has been like other teams losing a quarterback.