October 02, 2006

Who is 5-0? Deacons and Tigers?

Yes, the big programs like Auburn, Ohio State, Florida, and Michigan are 5-0, no real shock there as the early season schedules face off with teams from the MAC and C-USA to prepare for conference battles.

But Wake Forest and Missouri are each 5-0 to start the season
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Seriously, Wake Forest Jim Grobe always leads the ACC in rushing, but this year he is doing it without his starting QB (Ben Mauk) and starting RB (Micah Andrews). Deacs are pounding the rock 40x a game, and the defense has stopped the opponents. Main hole in the armor? They have played the 101st rated schedule according to Colleyrankings.com.

The Tigers are doing it with defense and a similarly easy schedule (both have beaten Ole Miss, MU has the 114th rated sched), but many pundits assumed an offensive drop off with the graduation of super Brad Smith. Enter sophomore Chase Daniel (below).Daniel is tenth in the nation in total offense (280.6 ypg) and 38th in passing efficiency (two spots behind John David Booty of USC). He is completing 64% of his passes and owns a 13/4 TD/INT ratio.

But for both teams, now comes the tough part - no, not Gator Schedule tough, but similar. On October 7, Wake Forest hosts a fired up Clemson squad, and Missouri travels to Lubbock to face the Texas Tech "Air Raid" offense. The Deacons and the Tigers will get a true test of their defensive numbers on Saturday. Interestingly, Missouri is a 3 point favorite on the road, while Wake is a seventeen-point dog at home. Five wins is nice, but two conference wins to open the season means a lot more.

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