OLE MISS AT WAKE
Wake Forest’s new Deacon Tower will play host
to its first game
Wake Forest -7.5 over Mississippi
- The Wake Forest Demon Deacons manhandled the
Baylor Bears last Thursday night in their opening game of the
season. Riley Skinner's 72 percent completion rate led the nation
last season and he coolly shredded the Bears, going 27 of 36 for 220
yards with a pair of touchdown passes to Chip Brinkman and another
to Ben Wooster. He also earned his 19th career victory, a school
record for a quarterback.
Defensively, Wake Forest forced five turnovers, turning three
into touchdowns, and held Baylor to 250 total yards.
Mississippi’s quarterback Snead's debut was solid, though not
particularly sharp as he completed 10 of 22 passes for 185 yards. He
made few mistakes, but overthrew several receivers in his first
action since 2006 when he played in a handful of games for Texas
before sitting out last season under NCAA transfer rules.
And Nutt appears to have made a difference for the Southeastern
Conference's last-place defense. The Rebels intercepted two passes,
setting up two field goals by Joshua Shene, and held Memphis in
check except for a late 43-yard touchdown pass from Will Hudgens to
Maurice Jones and a 1-yard scoring dive by Hudgens once the game was
out of hand.
Wake Forest will host Ole Miss on Saturday, Sept. 6, in the Deacs’
2008 home opener. The Rebels will be looking for revenge after the
Deacons picked up a 27-3 win in Oxford in 2006. Wake Forest’s new
Deacon Tower will also play host to its first game since
construction was completed in early August.
True both clubs won their first matchup of the season, but one of
them definitely overachieved using their overwhelming emotions and
the other got their victory in a businesslike fashion. Henceforth,
in this contest one team will come down to reality as the other team
will sustain their focus on each play.
The Demon Deacons have concentrated on the fundamentals of
“their” game and boy did it show in their first in every department
especially their kicking game. They held their opposition to a yard
in punt returns, while they were plus 15. It is not just their
offense and defense that are superior.
Meanwhile, Mississippi’s defense looked no where near as solid as
everyone seems to think. They allowed Memphis to roll up 453 yards
in 84 plays. Imagine what Wake Forest’s dynamic offense will do?
Wake Forest will put its five-game home winning streak on the
line this weekend. The Deacons dropped their home opener in 2007 to
Nebraska, 20-17, and then won five straight. Wake has won nine of
its last 12 at home and 11 of its last 15.
WAKE FOREST is 1-0 against the spread versus OLE MISS since 1992
Wake Forest -7.5
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