Hey, Wake Forest Football Fans: You Have a Team!

Derek StephensSenior Analyst ISeptember 8, 2008

As many saw, last week I made a claim, one that I questioned and thought I might regret. 

I wrote: UPSET ALERT: Three Reasons Why Ole Miss Will Beat Wake Forest

After watching the Ole Miss-Wake Forest game on Saturday, I still don't regret making the prediction that Ole Miss would upset the Deacons, even though I was wrong.

I was wrong by eight seconds, when Sam Swank, the most proficient kicker in the NCAA, kicked Wake Forest to a 30-28 victory and Jevan Snead's last-minute heroics came up just short.

For those saying that it was just an average ACC team beating a lower-tier SEC team, we didn't watch the same game.

Ole Miss and Wake Forest made some mistakes, but both looked very sharp. I really think Wake Forest will go on to win the ACC and a BCS Bowl. Nothing was supposed to go against Wake Forest in my article, although some Deacons fans thought I was sending jabs their way by saying Ole Miss has a chance to score 38 points on them. 

I think after the game, Wake Forest fans realize I was just optimistic about the Ole Miss offense, and rightfully so.

The defense for Ole Miss definitely has some tuning up to do, but you have to give the Wake Forest offense credit. The Ole Miss defense went up against one of the best spread offenses in the country.

The Deacons have a great quarterback who is very experienced, solid receivers, and a great sophomore rusher in Josh Adams. Giving up 30 points isn't good, but it is definitely justified by the team they played.

The offense for Ole Miss showed every part of what I had been saying since the preseason. It had its glimpses of greatness, but also had its glimpses of setback. 

The Wild Rebel was rolling throughout the game early, but in the early second half, when Dexter McCluster tried to force the ball throwing it downfield, it was picked off. The coaching staff backed off the Wild Rebel much after that. 

About Snead's only mistake was also in the second half, when he tried to lay the ball out to speedy Mike Wallace and it was picked by Kevin Patterson. Snead ended the day with 253 yards, four touchdowns and one interception by completing 20-of-31 passes. 

One thing I will say about Wake Forest is that its players, coaches, and fans seem to be all first class. I've heard about Jim Grobe's system of winning and I truly believe he is one of the best coaches in the NCAA. He truly doesn't believe in the "star ratings" and takes kids with character and discipline and makes them redshirt for experience, which leads to a veteran team, year in and year out.

I can truly say good luck to Wake Forest for the rest of the season.