It is officially July, which means we are getting closer to the start of the 2017-18 football season. Wake Forest opens its season on Thursday, August 31st at 6:30 with the Presbyterian Blue Hose coming to Winston-Salem.
Over the next month we will have team capsules and Q and A’s with bloggers/writes who cover the opponents on the Wake Forest 2017 schedule
These capsules will be brief overviews of the teams on the schedule for you to get acclimated with the strengths, weaknesses, record, and fun facts for team’s that you may not know about. A more in-depth preview will come the week before each game is played.
Team: Presbyterian Blue Hose
Location: Clinton, SC
Enrollment: 1,172 undergraduates
Conference: Big South (Football Championships Subdivision)
Home Stadium: Bailey Memorial Stadium (6,500 capacity)
Head Coach: Tommy Spangler (7th season, but first since 2006, overall record of 42-24)
2016 Record: 2-9 (1-4 in Big South)
Best Win: Well they won twice, defeating: Monmouth (4-7), and Campbell (5-5). Campbell was by 17 points, so that was likely the high point of the season.
Worst Loss: There were a fair amount of double-digit losses, but we will go with the 3 TD loss to D-II Florida Tech.
Vegas Over/Under (if applicable): N/A (FCS)
Needless to say, Presbyterian had a rough 2016 season, getting outscored by nearly 3 touchdowns per game en route to a 2-9 season. Harold Nichols was the head coach, but resigned 3 days after a 31-7 loss to South Alabama ended the Blue Hose season.
Presbyterian didn’t have to look far for their next head coach, as Tommy Spangler was not only the defensive coordinator for the team for the past four seasons, but formerly the head coach of the Blue Hose from 2001-2006. Spangler is the all-time winningest coach in Presbyterian history with 42 wins (to 24 losses).
There are tiers in the FCS as much as there are in the FBS, and Presbyterian is not a strong FCS team right now (versus say a Chattanooga, James Madison, or Richmond). I would never recommend taking any team lightly, but this should be one that Wake Forest wins with relative ease.
If this is close into the second half then there are a lot of concerns for the season moving ahead. This is a game that Wake Forest absolutely has to win if it wants to make a bowl, and I expect the Demon Deacons to take care of business early on and get some young guys reps in the second half of the game to prepare for Boston College the following weekend.