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\ The Demon Deacons took out Florida State last night, leaving both the Seminoles and Clemson with a pair of conference losses already. That’s also two straight victories in the series for Wake Forest, which again proved smarts and superior coaching can overcome talent deficits.\

\ (As a side note, it also means all of Wake’s games this season have been decided by 11 points or less. Does that manner of play sound remotely familiar to anyone following the ACC’s team inside the Beltway?)\

\ So who does that leave to legitimately challenge Boston College (which, barring injury, doesn’t seem likely to stumble more than twice in the league) in the Atlantic Division? Wake Forest and Maryland.\

\ The Terps are an intriguing possibility since they get BC at home next month. That game is also tucked in the middle of a harsh closing stretch for the Eagles.\

\ Wake’s remaining conference games are against North Carolina and N.C. State at home and trips to Virginia and Clemson. The Deacons have already lost at Boston College and don’t have to mess with the daunting defenses of Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech.\

\ The most entertaining part of it all? It’s already clear the dream matchup the ACC coveted when it advocated expansion earlier this decade – Florida State vs. Miami – in its league title game will be denied again. That’ll make the beleaguered league 0-for-3, for those scoring at home.\

\ – Patrick Stevens

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