While not everyone was close on the score, we all are 1-0 on predicting the winner to start out the season, as Wake Forest got the job done in overtime over Tulane.
Last weeks performance by Sam Hartman is an indicatation, at least in my eyes, that he’s ready for the pace of NCAA defenses. I think especially against a smaller opponent of Towson, he will once again prove to be the correct choice under center.
For the Bears, I don’t see any key playmakers that will help the team offensively. Kobe Young is an impressive north-south type of runner, and maybe he does have a few plays of over 10+ yards. Besides that, their receiving corps isn’t impressive nor deep.
That’s why I can easily see Wake capitalize their opportunity and take the easy win before conference play starts.
Wake Forest 48-Towson 14
This is a game that should be over by the end of the first quarter. The Wake Forest offense and defense will be too much for the Towson Tigers from the get-go. It will be a delicate balance for the coaching staff to get reps for the first team offense (especially the line), and also keep everybody fresh and healthy for the showdown next Thursday night against Boston College. My guess is that the first string offense will play up until the half and then be spelled in the second by backups and young players. The defense should continue to rotate and get a feel for substitution patterns as well. I’ll predict the quick strike offense leads to some explosive plays, and Greg Dortch has a huge game en route to his fourth straight 200 yard+ all-purpose game.
Wake Forest 31-Towson 17
With the devastating news of losing three players for the season, including All-ACC left tackle Justin Herron, the Deacs enter their home opener with a little bit of pain. While the coaching staff has always touted having six starters on the offensive line due to the build up of depth, now that depth will be tested. Thankfully, the Deacs get a chance to get their offensive line to gel against FCS opponent, Towson. The Deacs can’t overlook Towson as the roster has players that have held offers from Power 5 schools and for some reason or another things just didn’t work out. Look for the Deacs offense to lag a little bit as they start a new unit upfront but end up gelling by the end of the game as the defense looks to be more sharper mentally.
Wake Forest 48-Towson 10
The Wake offense was firing on all cylinders against Tulane but struggled to cap drives off by putting the ball into the end zone. I expect the offense will dominate the Towson defense throughout this one and remedy the scoring “woes” from week one. This is not intended as disrespect to the Tigers, but Wake is just flat out better. Lots of freshmen should get playing time in the second half with the new “four game” rule before a player loses a full season of eligibility. Deacs roll.
Wake wins 44-10
I don’t really have much to add to this one. Wake should be able to run the ball whenever they want and the receivers should have no trouble getting separation. Hopefully we don’t have anymore injuries and we can get some momentum for BC.
Wake Forest wins 45–10
Wake just has too much talent, and should once again be able to move the ball through the air. I see Wake’s secondary giving up a big play or two, which will enable Towson to get to double digits.
I think (hope) that, in contrast to Tulane, this one is never seriously in doubt. I think we’ll see a lot of backups playing in the second half. That said, based on what we saw last week, I wouldn’t be surprised if (particularly late in the game) Towson breaks a few big plays and gets to the end zone. I think Wake’s rushing attack will get going this week, with one of our RBs breaking 100 yards and the team getting a couple of scores on the ground. I also think more than one Wake QB will throw a touchdown pass.
Not sure what to say here other than I don’t see much trouble here.
Wake Forest 45-Towson 13
The Deacs showed last week that they have a lot of new weapons, including quarterback Sam Hartman who had the best first start ever by a Wake Forest freshman. He still has potential All-American Greg Dortch to throw to, and even found some new favorite targets in Sage Surratt and Alex Bachman. Expect the Deacs to get the running game going early and often in this one, and look for Matt Colburn II to have a much bigger game this week than he did last week. The secondary should be much better, and while they may give up a big play or two for a score, most of Towson’s scoring should be via field goals. Wake wins this one easily, and lots of backups and freshmen see action in the second half.
How do you all think this one will come out? Comment below.