Deacon Dump 9/4: One more day.

There are a ton of predictions today--and going right along with a certain message board's poll skew, most predictions are going Baylor's way. It does say something about how far Wake football has come that this game is being viewed as a statement game for an opponent. So enjoy the links on the day before your labor day weekend, and feel free to continue to vote on the poll and leave your predictions in the comments. Welcome Baylor fans--aside from this game, I'll be pulling for you guys the rest of the year.

2009 NFL draft class making impact | detnews.com | The Detroit News
• No. 4 Aaron Curry, OLB, Seahawks: Curry, who'll start at outside linebacker, lost 12 pounds since mini-camp. He's a pass-rushing beast.

Sports - Newsday
Baylor at Wake Forest (-2) Rose: This will be the breakout season for Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin, and possibly the Bears. I like Wake Forest quarterback Riley Skinner, but the Demon Deacons have to replace a lot on defense. So I’ll take Griffin in this one. Bears win 24-20. Abramson: I think Robert Griffin is going to start off the season with a bang. The Bears will have to control the clock against a team that's been very fundamental the last few years, but I think they win on the road, 27-20.

Golden Years: Deacons who know what it takes to win charged with leading younger teammates
"We came in with the Orange Bowl," Robinson said. "It would be good to leave with the Orange Bowl again. But if we don't, it will be good to go bowling for a fourth straight year and be the first class to ever do that. "I really want that. That's a personal goal I strive for, and I'm pretty sure all the other seniors want to go to a fourth straight bowl and end our senior season right."

Wake Forest QB dotes on the details
"It’s pretty funny. His locker looks like the dadgummed Nike department store, with the way everything is neat and folded," said Wake Forest defensive tackle John Russell, a teammate of Skinner’s since high school. "That’s just how he is — he’s a very meticulous person. We definitely give him a lot of grief about it."

What to watch in the Big 12 this week - College Football Nation - ESPN
3. Does Baylor deserve its early hype? The Bears started last season with a 28-point home loss to Wake Forest. This season, they are a slight underdog on the road against the Demon Deacons. Can Robert Griffin continue his mercurial development and lead the Bears to an upset against the Demon Deacons, who have qualified for three straight bowl games? The Bears have lost 13 of their last 14 road games and have never won away from Waco with Art Briles coaching them. Does an improved, senior-laden team have what it takes to win -- especially with two new tackles protecting Griffin’s flanks?

Before bowl encore, Baylor football plans strong opening act against Wake Forest
"For our team and our program, this is a huge game for us," Baylor linebacker Joe Pawelek said. "We’ve made a point of trying to start strong, and there’s the extra incentive of playing a team that’s made three straight bowl games. We’ve been through so much, and we’re going to be ready to go out there Saturday and play."

Deacons' party line steps out: WFU linemen put on a show before practices
Grobe is referring to the pre-practice hijinks the linemen come up with each day, be it a skit, a re-enactment of a scene from a movie or something somebody saw on YouTube. It always entails a lot of hollering and yelling, and usually some choreography, to use the term loosely.

Eight of Palm Beach County's Super 11 prospects verbally committed before senior year began -- South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com
"Coach Grobe didn't shake my hand," Sullivan said. "He hugged me and said, 'Welcome to Wake Forest.' Coach Grobe and Wake Forest made me feel the most comfortable."

Webb Simpson Continues Impressive Run -- Golf FanHouse
"Mindset-wise, I want to make it to the Tout Championship, so I'm not really thinking whether or not I'll be in next week regardless of how I play this week,'' Simpson said before teeing off at TPC Boston. "I'm trying to think of it as keep playing well and that will kind of take care of itself like it did last week. We'll see what happens. Tour Championship, I'm 11 spots out now with two events, so anything can happen. But if I play well I'll move up and hopefully I'll get in.''

Big 12 predictions for this week - Big 12 - ESPN
Baylor 31, Wake Forest 28: The Bears learned their lesson last season in Waco, falling into an early 17-0 deficit before losing a 41-13 blowout. Art Briles decided not to start Robert Griffin in that game, but he’s been in the Bears’ starting lineup ever since. The key will be the performance of new Baylor tackles Danny Watkins and Phillip Blake, who will protect Griffin from Wake Forest’s pass rush. Wake Forest starting defensive ends Tristan Dorty and Kyle Wilber have accounted for only seven career starts and will be outweighed by more than 50 pounds per man by the Baylor tackles. The Bears rushed for at least 200 yards in four of the last five games last season. If they can maintain that balance with Griffin’s passing on Saturday, they can steal an upset victory.

UK Women's Soccer Takes on Ninth Ranked Wake Forest - KENTUCKY OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE
"I have had the pleasure of coaching against Wake Forest in the past," said Lipsitz. "They are technical, fun to watch and play great attacking soccer. We have a great challenge ahead of us as I know (Wake Forest head) Coach (Tony) da Luz will have his team ready.

How they stack up-Wake Forest v. Baylor " Old Gold & Black
This meeting with Baylor provides an interesting early season matchup for the Deacons. It will be interesting to see how a fresh Deacon defense will handle a player like Robert Griffin, and this contest could be a good measuring stick to judge how ready they are for players like N.C. State’s Russell Wilson, Clemson’s CJ Spiller and Georgia Tech’s Jonathan Dwyer later on this season. In this instance, though, the Deacon defense will be too much for Baylor to handle. Robert Griffin will single-handedly keep Baylor in the game for the first half of play, but he will be shut down by Robinson and Russell after half time adjustments are made. Once Griffin is out of the picture, the Deacon offense will blow the game open and cruise to a sound victory over Baylor, 35-17.

Baylor University || The Lariat Online || News
While Baylor and Wake Forest University clash on the field Saturday afternoon, the two teams will share a common bond: replacing top-five NFL Draft picks.

Sports Briefs: Wake Forest men set to play ranked soccer teams from Big Ten
The third-ranked Wake Forest men's soccer team is scheduled to play two ranked opponents this weekend, taking on No. 12 Notre Dame and No. 7 Indiana at the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic in Bloomington, Ind.

Baylor vs. Wake Forest: How they match up
It will be difficult for Baylor to win on the road against a Wake Forest team that has established a winning tradition. The Deacons feature the most seniors in the ACC with 22, and they’ve fashioned a 28-12 record in the last three seasons. But after last year’s 41-13 thrashing by the Demon Deacons at Floyd Casey Stadium, the Bears should have plenty of incentive. They will also have more confidence and experience as coach Art Briles starts his second season.

Scout.com: Carson Desrosiers Profile
The 6-foot-10 big man will begin with Wake Forest during the weekend of the 12th. The next weekend he'll be at Arizona State and his final visit will be the last weekend of September at Marquette.

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