Wake Forest beats Texas A&M in Charlotte's Belk Bowl

UPDATE: Wake Forest Demon Deacons beat the Texas A&M Aggies 55-52 in the 2017 Belk Bowl at Bank of America Stadium. 

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Two teams aiming to end the season the right way will clash in the Belk Bowl when Texas A&M and Wake Forest meet for the first time Friday afternoon at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.

Yet the teams enter the game under vastly different circumstances.

Texas A&M (7-5) is in the midst of a coaching change, while Wake Forest (7-5) is aiming to continue a rise with its second bowl invitation in as many years.

“Now this year we did take another step,” Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson said, referring to the seven-win regular season. “The next (step) is a little more challenging.”

Texas A&M is under the direction of interim coach Jeff Banks, who has been the special teams coordinator and tight ends coach. He took over after the dismissal of Kevin Sumlin.

“We’re trying to prepare our team to beat a very good Wake Forest team,” Banks said. “We’ve got our hands full. We’ll get our guys excited to play.”

Jimbo Fisher is taking over as Texas A&M’s new coach after leaving his position at Florida State. Fisher, whose former team defeated Wake Forest during the regular season, is expected to attend the bowl game, but he hasn’t been part of the bowl preparations.

Banks said Fisher has been an asset while also allowing the current staff to finish the task.

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