Our “most important game” series concludes today with Wake Forest:
Most important game: Nov. 23 vs. Duke
Why it’s important: These two programs are jockeying for a spot in the postseason and they’re starting to get in each other’s way. Duke cleared a major hurdle as a program last season, qualifying for a bowl game for the first time since 1994, and beat the Deacs for the first time in 13 tries along the way. Duke won 34-27 last year, beating Wake Forest for the first time since 1999. Despite the lopsided results, this has been one of the ACC’s most underrated and entertaining series in recent years, with plenty of down-to-the-wire games between two in-state rivals and programs with similar academic and recruiting challenges. In order for the Deacs to get back to the postseason, this could turn into a must-win game, as it is the final conference game of the regular season for Wake Forest. Duke thinks it has turned the corner, but the Deacs want to prove it’s their turn to go bowling.