Following an 8-5 season and second straight bowl win, the Wake Forest Demon Deacons are poised to potentially make some noise in 2018, and the first release of the S&P Rankings tend to agree with that.
Wake Forest currently sits at 34th in the first preseason S&P projections by Bill Connelly. The Deacs finished 2017 in 37th, so this is a slight move up in the first rankings.
The Deacs rank 67th in “Recruiting Impact”, 20th in “Returning Production”, and 83rd in “Weighted Five-Year Rank”.
This is how the rankings work, from Bill himself:

The preseason S&P+ projections are a simple mix of three factors: recent history, returning production, and recruiting. To come up with 130-team projections, I create projected ratings based on each factor. Here’s how the process works:
Recruiting is easy.

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