The college football season has technically already started (Hawaii vs. Cal in Australia anyone?), but the real action does not begin until this Thursday. Given the proximity to the season, football experts are announcing their bowl picks. ESPN’s Brett McMurphy and Mark Schlabach made their college bowl picks today, and they like Wake’s chances.
Mark Schlabach has the Deacs headed to St. Petersburg, Florida to take on Tulsa in the St. Petersburg Bowl. That game will take place on December 26th at 11 a.m. Brett McMurphy has the Deacs headed to Shreveport, Louisiana to take on Kentucky in the Camping World Independence Bowl. That game will take place on December 26th at 5 p.m. If that happens, we can call that the Les Johns Bowl.
These definitely aren’t the most glamorous bowl games in the world, but it’s encouraging that the Deacs are getting some respect from the national media. Clearly Wake wants to make the best bowl possible, but given that Wake hasn’t been to a bowl game since 2011, any bowl game would be a major sign of progress. Wake definitely has the talent, experience, and schedule to do it. I’m excited to watch the journey begin on Thursday night against Tulane.
Do you all agree with the ESPN writers? Will Wake Forest make a bowl?