In probably the least most exciting matchup from a namesake perspective of Championship week, you have two unlikely teams meeting in Charlotte for an ACC Championship on the line. Wake Forest and Pittsburgh are the two last standing programs left to win the ACC Championship. Before we go any further, both Wake Forest and Pittsburgh are very deserving of the spotlight. Both programs have been on a magic carpet ride of a season, especially Wake Forest. Wake Forest and Pittsburgh alike come into the ACC Championship Game with identical records of 10-2, and both are ranked within the top twenty in all the polls.
For Wake Forest, Saturday’s ACC Championship appearance is the second Championship game appearance, and the Demon Deacons will be going for their third Championship in program history, with the last one coming in 2006.
Despite having all the history stacked against them this year, Wake Forest has found a way to defy the odds and take the entire College Football world by storm. Wake Forest has done the unthinkable this year by simply trusting the process that Head Coach Dave Clawson has put into place. For eight years, Coach Clawson has slowly been building towards this moment in time where Wake Forest would be considered among some of the bigger name programs in College Football.
Wake Forest has gotten to this point by riding the back of an explosive offensive unit that refuses to let up even when they find themselves up by several touchdowns. Wake Forest has outscored their opponents 515-349.
For the Pittsburgh Panthers, they too come into the ACC Championship matchup with Wake Forest riding high after finishing the 2021 regular season with an identical record of 10-2 and winners of the ACC-Coastal with a program-best 7-1 record in ACC play.
Like Wake Forest, Pittsburgh comes into the Championship game following the six-year vision from Head Coach Pat Narduzzi. In his six years as Head Coach at Pittsburgh, Narduzzi has won the ACC Coastal once before but never an outright ACC Championship since taking over as Head Coach.
Overall, Saturday’s ACC Championship matchup between Wake Forest and Pittsburgh might not seem like the most exciting matchup of names on paper, but College Football fans can expect an offensive shootout on Saturday night in Charlotte. For starters, Pittsburgh has a Heisman contender starting quarterback in Kenny Pickett, who is just about as good as anybody else in the country. Pickett has put up video game-type numbers this season and is expected to be within the group of Heisman finalists that will be announced later this week.
On the Wake Forest side, the Demon Deacons are a dang football team who is well-rounded in all aspects of the game. Like the Panthers, Wake Forest has a quarterback by the name of Sam Hartman that has had an impressive season, including throwing for four touchdowns last week in their win over Boston College.
From a matchup standpoint, Saturday’s ACC Championship game has the potential to be one of the most underrated games of the weekend. Wake Forest and Pittsburgh will get things get kicked off on Primetime on ABC.