Unless the statistics are interpreted as the Demon Deacons being significantly behind schedule, history favours Clemson football over Wake Forest.
Wake Forest has suffered 62 straight defeats to teams in the top 10 according to the Associated Press.
In its Saturday matchup with the No. 16 Demon Deacons, No. 5 Clemson will look to win its 14th straight series.
When the Tigers were listed in the AP Top 25, they were 29-1 versus Wake Forest, with their lone loss coming in 1945.
It appears that the Demon Deacons have more optimism than usual. For the first time since 1950, when No. 16 Clemson defeated No. 17 Wake Forest, 13-12, a meeting of top 25 teams has been made possible by their ranking.
The only other instance of this occurred two years prior when No. 10 Clemson defeated No. 19 Wake Forest by a score of 21–14.
In their last 44 contests, Clemson has defeated Atlantic Division opponents in 42 of those 44 games.
However, Wake Forest's status as the current division champion doesn't need to be mentioned to the Tigers.
Last year, the Deacons had a 7-1 league record. For the first time in seven years, Clemson was unable to win the ACC despite defeating them, finishing 6-2 overall.