ESPN: Deacs in position to challenge Clemson


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From Heather Dinich of ESPN:

Those within Clemson’s program don’t seem too surprised to see little ol’ Wake Forest standing in their way of the Atlantic Division championship this weekend. After all, the Tigers weren’t exactly expected to win the division, either.

“Well, we were 6-7 last year, and we were a long way away from competing for the division,” Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said. “You know, that's just college football.”

It’s true: Both of these teams have been surprises this year. Wake Forest, though, was 3-9 in 2010, and picked by the media in July to finish last in the Atlantic Division. Ask Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe, and even he will tell you he’s a little bit surprised to see his Deacs trailing only No. 9-ranked Clemson in the division standings heading into Saturday’s game at Death Valley.

Chris Givens and Wake Forest take a lot of confidence into Saturday's game.
“I really thought we were going to be a better football team, but I knew our schedule was really, really tough,” Grobe said. “That's our biggest issue right now. We're better, but we're playing so many great teams every week, it's hard to catch your breath sometimes. But I knew we'd be better. I didn't expect that we'd be this late in the season and still have a chance to win the division.”

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