Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe came prepared as he gathered his team. He wore his reading glasses, had statistics in front of him and used a stern voice.
Grobe is determined not to have the Demon Deacons join the growing group of big schools to lose to the little guys of the Football Championship Subdivision.
He knows a slip up against upstart neighbor Elon Saturday in their first meeting in 70 years will quickly erase memories of the Demon Deacons' stirring comeback win over Stanford last week. It would also be a miserable way to go into the start of the Atlantic Coast Conference schedule next week against Boston College.
Four FCS teams have knocked off Football Bowl Championship teams this season. The Phoenix are ranked No. 11 in the FCS polls.