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Halftime Thoughts

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- We're at the intermission here at BB&T Stadium, where Wake Forest leads Clemson 3-0. Trust me, folks, the game is not nearly as close as the score would indicate.

What happened to the mighty Clemson offense that was supposed to be so potent, so balanced, so dynamic that no ACC defense dare stand in its way? Cullen Harper looks like a deer in the headlights. Granted, his offensive line -- already depleated by injuries -- is crumbling in front of him. Two more offensive linemen have gone down already tonight.

As for the "Thunder and Lightning" duo of James Davis and C.J. Spiller? Well, they ammassed a whopping four yards on four carries in the first quarter and did not pick up much steam in the second.

For all the opportunities Clemson has given Wake, the Deacons have done little to capitalize. Wake is driving almost at will, passing with efficiency and giving different looks out of the backfield to gain ground with the run. Quarterback Riley Skinner has lined up at wide reciever frequently so far, which seems to have thrown Clemson's defense off-kilter.

And still, the score remains 3-0. As soon as the Deacons get into scoring position, Coach Jim Grobe seems to get a little too cute with his play-calling. Three redzone drives have ended with three field goal attempts.

Which brings Wake to its most critical problem. Its starting kicker, Sam Swank, is dressed but not playing due to a quadriceps injury. In his place, Shane Popham has missed two of three field goal attempts, though the first one was a result of a bad snap.

Bottom line, Wake is controlling the tempo of the game. If they could finish their drives, the score would favor the Deacons far more than it currently does. Stay tuned.

By Steve Yanda  |  October 9, 2008; 8:57 PM ET
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Comments

I loved this result.

Virginia -- 31
Maryland -- 0 (zero - zip - zilch - nada)

Maryland's - Defensive and Offensive lines and Linebacking corp are the worst in College Football.

I have seen harder hitting teams in powder puff leagues.

Maryland's recruiting efforts are going to take a major hit with this result.

Prediction:

Wake Forest -- 34
Maryland -- 10

Maryland will finish with a 5-7 record.

I am happy that Maryland is no longer recruiting Tavon Austin.

Jelani Jenkins, Travis Hawkins and Isaac Holmes will be signing with the University of Florida.

Go Tar Heels !

Posted by: Gary | October 10, 2008 11:23 AM | Report abuse

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