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College Football Handicapping: Nowhere to go but up for Wake Forest offense

08.03.2016     08:22 AM     Printer Friendly
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One of our favorite things to blog about during the summer is bad college football offenses. Yesterday, we discussed the Kansas Jayhawks who remain married to the "air raid" offense despite not having nearly enough talent to pull it off. Wake Forest is projected to be far more vanilla in its approach after averaging less than 300 ypg of total offense against the ACC. Despite winning only three games, there were plenty of examples that Wake could be competitive. In four games against Indiana, Florida State, Louisville, and Duke, the Demon Deacons lost each by one score and were outgained by a combined 57 yards. Most of that however had to do with Wake's defense. Take away games against high-powered North Carolina and Clemson and Wake's seasonal defensive numbers (5.16 ypp allowed) were solid. But the Read more



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College Football Gambling: Baylor set to bring in former Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe

05.31.2016     07:32 AM     Printer Friendly
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In full-on damage control mode, Baylor has decided to bring in former Wake Forest head coach Jim Grobe on an interim basis. Grobe put together an impressive stretch three-year stretch from 2006-08 where the Demon Deacons went 28-12 thanks in large part to a +39 combined turnover margin. He failed to produce a winning season after that and eventually resigned in 2013. As Grobe mentioned following the announcement, winning will likely take a backseat to cleaning up what has evolved into a total mess. The Bears' season over/under wins opened 9un-125 and has since been bet down to 9un-160. Baylor opens the season with its annual three "gimmie" wins (Northwestern State, SMU, and Rice). 


"He has successfully led two FBS programs during his career," McCaw said in the statement. "Coach Grobe enjoys an impeccable reputation within the intercollegiate athletics community and is a man of great integrity and faith."






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College Football Handicapping: Addition by subtraction for Syracuse following loss of Hunt?

09.11.2015     07:47 AM     Printer Friendly
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Losing a senior quarterback for the season and being forced to play a true freshman may not seem like an ideal situation but for Syracuse, perhaps it's a blessing in disguise. Terrel Hunt, who tore his Achilles, will be replace by Eric Dungey. Dungey stepped in during last week's game vs. Rhode Island and completed 10-of-17 passes for two touchdowns and no interceptions. One game against an FCS foe doesn't guarantee success but considering how poor the Orange's passing attack was last season (54%, 6 TDs, 17 INTs) it won't take much to upgrade.


"We feel confident that he can do all the things that we're asking him to do," Shafer said. "We don't feel like we have to truly scale things down a whole lot because his learning curve has been extremely small.

"He did a nice job over the last 10 days prior to Rhode Island of being locked into practice," Shafer said.

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College Football Gambling: Florida State still winless on the year against the spread

09.30.2014     07:19 AM     Printer Friendly
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The BCS Championship hangover continues for Florida State as the Seminoles are 0-4 ATS on the year. After allowing 12.1 ppg in 2013, the defense ranks 64th nationally in yards per play (5.6) vs. FBS foes. In last week's come-from-behind win over NC State, the Seminoles missed 33 tackles. FSU will try to notch its first spread cover of the year laying -38.5 vs. Wake Forest on Saturday.


"Yes, it is," Fisher said Monday when asked if Saturday's game resulted in the most missed tackles since he's been at FSU. "And the bad part [is] we were in position to make a lot of plays. I mean, it wasn't like you were out of position. I mean, the calls were there. We're there. We've gotta tackle better."






Tags: College Football Florida State Seminoles Wake Forest Demon Deacons ACC




College Football Gambling: Market reacts to Wake Forest's shortcomings

09.16.2014     01:22 PM     Printer Friendly
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Army -2.5 at Wake Forest

A little insight into the big market towards Army as it travels to take on Wake Forest. For starters, Wake essentially lost of a day of prepping for the Wishbone with having to travel back from Utah State. Second is their issues along the offensive line which resulted in six sacks and -25 yards rushing vs. the Aggies. Lastly, first-year head coach Dave Clawson admitted to playing defensive players that clearly aren't ready to play but need to experience.


“Where it really creates the problem is on the way back, because the team doesn’t get back until Sunday morning at 7 o’clock,’’ Clawson said. “So it really creates a lot more problem for the Army prep.

“I mean, when you play these games you prefer to have a long

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Tags: College Football Wake Forest Demon Deacons ACC Army Black Knights




College Football Gambling: Week 4 early line moves

09.15.2014     12:40 PM     Printer Friendly
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Quick look at some of the early moves in the Week 4 college football betting markets.

UConn at South Florida
CRIS Opener: South Florida -4
CRIS Current: South Florida -1.5
Comment: Bulls haven't covered a game as a favorite vs. FBS since November 11, 2011.

Army at Wake Forest
CRIS Opener: Wake Forest -3
CRIS Current: Army -2.5
Comment: Markets not at all enamored with Demon Deacons. They covered -2.5 (25-11) at Army last year, now a home dog.


Utah at Michigan
CRIS Opener: Michigan -7
CRIS Current: Michigan -5.5
Comment: Wolverines statistically dominated Miami-OH but failed to snag cover (-31) thanks to three turnovers. Utes comes in off of a bye week.

Old Dominion at Rice
CRIS Opener: Rice -10
CRIS Current: Rice -7.5
Comment: Owls were outscored 86-27 vs. Notre Dame and Texas A&M.

Northern Illinois at Arkansas
CRIS Opener: Arkansas -12.5
CRIS Current: Arkansas -14.5
Comment: NIU head coach Rod Carey in a Madison native and coached under Dave Doeren, former NIU Read more



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College Football Betting: Wake Forest goes with true frosh QB

08.12.2014     06:56 AM     Printer Friendly
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Wake Forest first-year head coach Dave Clawson announced that true freshman John Wolford will be the team's Week 1 starting quarterback. The Demon Deacons are currently 2.5-point road favorites vs. UL-Monroe.


“John Wolford is going to be our starting quarterback,’’ Clawson said. “We made that decision (Monday) after watching the tape of (Sunday’s) scrimmage.

“Not just last night in the scrimmage, but consistently through camp he has executed the offense at the highest level. And I think he gives us our best opportunity to win football games.’’






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College Basketball Betting: Wake Forest tries to get over the hump on the road

01.22.2014     07:35 AM     Printer Friendly
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Wake Forest at Virginia Tech -1.5

Wake Forest enters tonight's game at Virginia Tech on a 17-game game ACC road losing streak dating back to 2012. Part of the problem – outside of the Demon Deacons not being very good for much of that span – is inexperience. Last year they had one of the youngest teams in the country and this year's group, while much improved, still features a lot of underclassmen.  Wake dropped its first three road conference games by margins of 23, 15, and 8 though the competition was significantly stronger than tonight's foe, Virginia Tech which has already suffered home losses to South Carolina-Upstate, UNC Greensboro, and Boston College.


"At home, we have extra energy and extra concentration and we feed off the great energy from our fans, and we're in every possession," Bzdelik said. "Whereas on the road, we seem to lose sight of how valuable each and every possession is. One play, a couple plays, can change the course of a basketball game. We just need to focus on every, every single

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College Football Handicapping: Week 11 Injury Report

11.07.2013     07:59 AM         Printer Friendly
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Stanford won’t have DE Ben Gardner for the rest of the season, but at least it is getting another 2012 All-Pac-12 selection back in the lineup. DE Henry Anderson is ‘probable’ vs. Oregon after missing several games with a leg injury.

Troy uses a two-QB system with Deon Anthony used in running situations. Anthony has rushed for 392 yards and three TDs while averaging 5.8 yards per carry. Anthony, who also has three TD passes without an interception, is ‘doubtful’ Thursday at UL-Lafayette after spraining his ankle in a 49-37 loss to ULM last week. Corey Robinson (18-8 touchdown-to-interception ratio) will get all the snaps for the Trojans.

Wisconsin WR Jared Abbrederis has been upgraded to ‘probable’ vs. BYU after sustaining a chest injury on a touchdown catch in Saturday’s 28-9 win at Iowa. The Badgers will also get back two-time All Big Ten linebacker Chris Borland, who has missed the last two games with a hamstring injury.

Iowa QB Jake Rudock left the Wisconsin loss in the second half with a knee injury, but he’s good to go and will start at Purdue. Rudock has a 12-9 TD-INT ratio.

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College Football Betting: Will Wake Forest's under the total trend continue?

09.19.2013     07:10 AM     Rob Veno     Printer Friendly
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For many teams across the nation, 25% of their season is already complete. Three weeks ago as fall practice sessions ended and teams began preparing for their season opening games, those of us who follow college football routinely had opinions set on all 126 FBS teams. Since teams only play 12 regular season games, the quarter pole has always been a time to proactively adjust to teams if need be or stay firm with initial judgments that were made. In this week’s article I’ll take a look at one team specifically from a totals perspective which has thus far performed differently than what the original outlook may have been.

It’s not that Wake Forest's schemes have turned into something we don’t associate with them. After all, this team has had the exact same on-field style for each of head coach Jim Grobe’s 12 seasons here. The difference right now is the extent to which their game scores have diminished. Through their first three games, Wake Forest totals have opened and closed as some of the lowest we’ve seen each week. To see closing totals of 51, 47.5 and 50 in this day and age can definitely be categorized as lower than average. Read more



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