Friday, September 5, 2008

Ole Miss-Wake Forest:Deacons Try To Save Face For ACC

Ole Miss @ Wake Forest
Line: WF -8
Over/Under: 46.5

The Ole Miss Rebels travel to Winston-Salem to take on one of the better teams in the ACC. Both Wake Forest and Ole Miss had impressive wins against FBS opponents in week one. This is a big game for the ACC, as they need one of their better teams beat a lower half SEC team to save face.

Keys to the Game:

Capitalizing On Opportunities

Wake Forest forced five turnovers last week from Baylor en route to 41 points on the scoreboard. The Deacs had a 126 yard difference over the Bears, but it is not unusual for Wake to be even or under in total yardage (-19 ypg in 07). They win games by taking advantage of your mistakes and not making ones of their own. Ole Miss was out gained by Memphis last week yet still won by 14. The team that can get short fields and turnovers will have give their defense a big break.

One-Dimensional Offense

Both of these teams showed in Week 1 how balanced they are. Wake had 20 FD against Baylor, 9 on the ground and 11 through the air. Ole Miss had 216 yards rushing and 222 passing. Obviously, if one team gets up big then you can expect the other to start throwing more. The defense that can effectively take away on offensive option will have a big advantage.


Wake’s talent is not of Ole Miss’ caliber if you follow the recruiting rankings, but they have a way of maximizing talent. Wake does not blow out teams usually and I do not think they will here against an improved Ole Miss team. The Deacons do it there way by capitalizing on Rebel turnovers and field possession.

Wake Forest 30 Ole Miss 21
Wake Forest Covers, Over

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