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Midseason report: Wake Forest

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

WAKE FOREST (4-1, 2-0 ACC)

OVERVIEW: Wake Forest is tied for the league lead with 18 takeaways, and leads the nation in passing efficiency defense. How else do you explain a 2-0 ACC record when the offense has only scored one touchdown? There's no question coaching has played a role in this team's success, but the defense has been winning the games. With the exception of the loss to Navy, Wake Forest has taken care of its nonconference business with wins against both the Big 12 and the SEC this season.

OFFENSIVE MVP: Quarterback Riley Skinner. He's as cool as they come, and what makes him good is his ability to forget his mistakes. Still, you can count on one hand the number of bad games he's had, and while the Deacs haven't always been able to punch it in, Skinner leads the league with an average of 232 passing yards per game.

DEFENSIVE MVP: Linebacker Aaron Curry. The final scout count at the Clemson game was 42, and three of them told the staff Curry was one of the best outside linebackers in the country and a first-round pick. Curry leads the team with 30 tackles and four tackles for loss. He has been the Deacs' top tackler in four of five games.

WHAT'S NEXT: If Wake Forest can beat Maryland on the road this weekend, it will be very difficult for another team to unseat the Deacs as the top team in the Atlantic Division. After that, the toughest game left on their schedule might be the season finale against Vanderbilt. This weekend could go a long way in bringing the Deacs much closer to their second Orange Bowl appearance in three seasons. The only problem is how they'll hold up without a bye week in the second half of the season.