Difficulty factor rising, Wake Forest takes on Oregon State

After a sterling start to the season, it’s time for Wake Forest to find out more about its team as it faces increasingly stout competition.Some new revelations should be forthcoming for the Demon Deacons, beginning with Friday night’s game against Oregon State in the Emerald Coast Classic in Niceville, Fla.”We need this right now,” Wake Forest coach Steve Forbes said. “We’re ready.”Wake Forest is 5-0 for the first time in eight years. It’s also the first time in seven seasons as a Division I head coach (five at East Tennessee before moving to Wake) that Forbes has directed a team to five wins to begin a season.Meanwhile, it has been a rough opening stretch for Oregon State (1-4). The Beavers are coming off consecutive one-point home losses to Samford and Princeton, extending their losing streak to four games.”I’m tired of losing,” Oregon State coach Wayne Tinkle said, just eight months after leading his team to the NCAA Elite Eight. “I don’t believe in moral victories.”Tinkle said he’s not pleased with the Beavers’ record, but at least the team has a good range of experiences so far. Now it’s a matter of getting it going “when it’s the right time.”Wake Forest will be away from home for the first time. Its first five opponents had low power ratings and the slate is about to be upgraded.The winner of the Oregon State-Wake Forest game meets the LSU-Penn State winner Saturday. The losing teams also face each other Saturday. After that, the Demon Deacons face Northwestern in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, and get an early ACC conference game against Virginia Tech.