The first half of this game has revealed just how much separation there really is between the top two teams in the Atlantic Division -- barely enough to slip a credit card through.
That could change in the second half -- Clemson has been notorious for its slow starts this season -- but based on what we've seen so far, there's no reason to think Wake Forest can't leave Death Valley with a win today. The Deacs couldn't have gotten off to a much better start today, as quarterback Tanner Price has been picking apart Clemson's defense, offensive coordinator Steed Lobotzke is putting his players in position to succeed, and the defense has been disruptive of the passing game. Clemson can clinch the Atlantic Division title with a win today, but Wake Forest is making the Tigers work for it. The Deacs are winning the turnover battle and the time of possession.
Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd has gotten off to a sub-par start with one interception and some poor decisions, and it could have been worse, considering two potential interceptions were dropped. The Tigers have made some impressive plays on fourth down, but Boyd is the key to the offense, and if he's off, so is everything else. There doesn't seem to be any sense of urgency on the part of Clemson, and that is working to Wake Forest's advantage. If the Deacs continue to play smart and disciplined in the second half, the ACC could see yet another surprise in the division standings.