Wake Forest home game vs. FSU canceled

The Demon Deacons finished the regular season 4-4

Quarterback Sam Hartman, running back Christian Beal-Smith and the Demon Deacons had an extra week to prepare for this Saturday’s game in Chapel Hill against UNC. (Dennis Nett courtesy of the ACC)

Wake Forest’s regular season finale Saturday against Florida State at Truist Field has been canceled due to COVID-19, the ACC announced Friday afternoon.

“Earlier today, Florida State informed the conference office of a positive test, subsequent quarantining, and contact tracing resulting in Florida State having an insufficient number of available offensive linemen as outlined in the ACC Medical Advisory Group’s COVID-19 game discontinuation considerations,” the ACC said in a release.

The Demon Deacons, who finished the regular season 4-4 overall and 3-4 in the ACC, will await a bowl bid, which many have predicted will be the Duke’s Mayo Bowl in Charlotte on Dec. 30 against a Big Ten opponent, perhaps Penn State.

“We are obviously very disappointed that we will not be able to compete this weekend and honor our outstanding senior class,” Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson said in a release. “This has been a difficult month for our program, but I am proud of how our student-athletes have persevered through all the adversity that they have faced.”

Wake Forest AD John Currie said the school would honor its 17 seniors Friday night at Truist Field.