Greetings from Wake Forest

September, 5, 2009
9/05/09
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Posted by ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich


WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Hello from Wake Forest, the smallest school in the BCS, where an eight-win season has suddenly become a disappointment.

It’s still a pretty quiet scene here, and game day traffic on Cherry Street consisted of the stoplights, but it’s still a cozy atmosphere and will eventually pick up considering a) it’s a beautiful, warm, sunny day for a football game, b) it’s a legitimate opener for both programs, and c) it should be a much closer game than last year’s 41-13 Wake win at Waco. Baylor returns 19 starters, the school’s most since 1969, and the Bears should be much better in Year 2 under Art Briles.

The jersey of choice here is obviously No. 11, Wake Forest quarterback Riley Skinner, but the spotlight is on Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III, a.k.a. RG3. The Wake defense also needs be leery of No. 32, tailback Jay Finley. He led Baylor with 865 yards (72.1 per game) last year.

The biggest question, though, is obviously how Wake’s defense will look against them without its superstars.

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