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Last season: 8-5, 4-4 ACC; Beat Louisville in Belk Bowl

Last non-bowl season: 2009

Coach: Tom O’Brien (33-30, sixth season)

Player to watch: CB David Amerson. O’Brien figures this will be the final year the junior spends in Raleigh, for good cause. Amerson picked off 13 passes a season ago, and opposing offenses would be wise not to test him much this fall. There’s only so many college corners who can establish that strong a reputation.

Outlook: It’s time to find out how well the 2011 Russell Wilson-for-2012 Mike Glennon trade works out for the Wolfpack. The early guess? Quite well. As strong as Wilson was at Wisconsin last year, handing the offense over to Glennon (3,054 yards, 31 touchdowns, 12 interceptions) didn’t go poorly. The senior returns most of his offensive line, and the Wolfpack should be a tough out from start to finish.

Prediction: 8-4, 4-4 ACC


Last season: 6-7, 5-3 ACC; Lost to Mississippi State in Music City Bowl

Last non-bowl season: 2010

Coach: Jim Grobe (68-67, 12th season)

Player to watch: CB Bud Noel. Last year’s ACC defensive rookie of the year broke up 19 passes and intercepted two, and he is unlikely to find himself a target quite as often as a sophomore. He’ll be one of the top players on a Demon Deacons defense that returns seven starters.

Outlook: Grobe needs nine wins to match Peahead Walker as the winningest coach in Wake history. It’s unlikely to happen this year, in part because of an offense that loses star wideout Chris Givens and four line starters. Nonetheless, Grobe’s history of usually extracting the most out of his teams suggests the Demon Deacons will have a chance in November to earn another bowl bid.

Prediction: 6-6, 4-4 ACC


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