The Wake Forest Demon Deacons (6-6) will take on the No. 24 Temple Owls (10-3) in the Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman on Tuesday, Dec. 27 at 3:30 p.m. in Annapolis, Maryland on ESPN. But ahead of the ninth annual bowl game, here are a few things to know about Wake Forest.
1. “WakeyLeaks” Scandal
Let’s get this one out of the way. A recent investigation discovered a Wake Forest radio broadcaster — Tommy Elrod, also a former assistant coach — was knowingly providing opposing teams with confidential information about the Demon Deacons dating back to 2014. It all started after a Wake Forest playbook was found in the Louisville locker room, and the investigation uncovered that Elrod was feeding teams “proprietary game preparations on multiple occasions.”
2. Been there, done that
This isn’t the first time the Demon Deacons will play in the Military Bowl. They were the inaugural champions in 2008 with a 29-19 victory over Navy, although back then it was called the EagleBank Bowl and played at RFK Stadium. For the record, Temple also made an appearance in the bowl game the following year when it fell to UCLA.
3. Strength of schedule
Although the Demon Deacons’ record puts them just at .500, they’ve had a pretty challenging season playing highly ranked teams, including Clemson, Louisville and Florida State. Plus, five of their last six matchups were against teams now playing in bowl games.
4. Holding down the fort
While Wake Forest’s offense hasn’t stood out much this season, its defense is a different story. Led by senior linebacker Marquel Lee and redshirt freshman safety Jessie Bates III, the Demon Deacons have held their opponents to slightly less than 22 points per game, good for third in the ACC.
5. More on Lee
The backbone of Wake Forest’s defense, Lee finished the regular season with 19 tackles for loss — putting him at the No. 12 spot in the nation — and 98 total. He is also second on the team to junior defensive end Duke Ejiofor (10) in sacks with 7.5 this season.
BONUS: Notable Wake Forest alumni include Arnold Palmer, Tim Duncan and David Chase, who created “The Sopranos.”
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