Before we get to the open of the 2008 College Pigskin season, the play of the day in Greggy G's world has to be....
...just like TILA'S effort in Season Two of Shot at Love, da Bears have been playin without passion this Preseason!
CHICAGO BEARS @ CLEVELAND BROWNS (-3)
While nobody expected much from the listless Bears this season, the Dawg Pound has gone ape-shit over the Browns struggles thus far and every media outlet in that fine city (wink-wink) is acting like this is a must win. I know it’s only exhibition, but with the expectations leading into the season for Romeo & Co., I’m convinced they’ll do whatever it takes to appease the masses…especially at home. As for the Bears, Lovie’s theory on preseason is strictly to stay healthy, and as a result, the Midgets of the Midway have played like these are flag football contests. The OL is in shambles for Ron Turner’s offense, and without much depth, watch as Sexy Little Rexy & Calib the Hero Hanie are assisted by a bunch of practice squad talent for three quarters. Especially with this being the finale and only series or two of play for anybody near the top of the depth chart for Chicago, trust me when I tell you the Bears had absolutely no desire to fly out to Cleveland.
Final Score: BEARS 17 BROWNS 30
THURSDAY NIGHT COLLEGIATE PIGSKIN ACTION
WAKE FOREST DEMON DEACONS (-12.5) @ BAYLOR BEARS
I know it is the opening day of college football and I’m already on the road favorite, but besides the Deacons getting used the Waco weather, I can’t see how they don’t thrash the Big 12’s usual cellar-dweller. Wake Forest quietly has turned into a powerhouse in the ACC with 20 wins over the last two years, and in my humble/correct opinion, has the best coach on the college gridiron in Jim Grobe. Their defense was dominate at times last season and is returning nine starters, while the offense scored more than 30 points 7 times last season under the direction of two year starter Riley Skinner. The Jr. signal-caller is the epitome of a cool-cat under pressure, and while he’s comparable of turning the ball over at times, he always seems to bounce back with a steady drive.
While skeptics will tell you the O-Line has been completely revamped, Grobe and his staff have turned Wake into a powerhouse by recreating a deep-pipeline of talent in the trenches since taking over in 2001. Adding in the attack will be ACC Rookie of the Year and 2nd team All-ACC RB Josh Adams (953 yards 4.4 avg 11 TDs) who didn’t take the full-load until the 4th week of season. Sharing carries with the phenom will be redshirt freshman Brandon Pendergrass who many feel has the talent to be a superstar. While Skinner no-longer has do everything WR Kenneth Moore at his disposal, the Deacons have plenty of veteran depth...including 5th year senior D.J. Boldin, brother of Arizona Cardinals Anquan.
On the Bears side, following another dismal season (3-9) and a winless record in the Big 12, Baylor fired Guy Morriss and brought in Houston’s headmaster Art Briles and his spread offense attack. While Briles was a great hire and has been successful wherever he’s gone, he basically needs to clean house and bring-in his style of players. Opening the season under center appears to 5th-year Sr. and Miami Hurricane transfer Kirby Freeman. Freeman will be playing for his third coaching staff in three seasons, and while he does have experience, Briles has spent more time than normal grooming some of the younger recruits given this year is somewhat of a wash. With the shelf life for coaches getting shorter by the year, does it really make much sense to develop a QB for one year?
While the backfield returns plenty of experience...KEEP READING
While the backfield returns plenty of experience, none posses the style Briles needs for his unique attack. Running the routes, from all reports not many have grasped the new style so expect to see a carousel of WRs throughout the season. The new regime’s biggest adjustment will be trying to improve on of the worst defensives in the land. Considering they allowed 37 ppg last season, including 50-plus in 3 of their last 6, maybe it’s a positive they lost 5 starts from that squad.
Tonight, look for Wake Forest’s hard-nosed approach on offensive to control this game from start to finish, while you have to expect Baylor to suffer through plenty of growing pains in their debut with the new schemes. Even if the heat catches some of the Bears during warm-ups, they’re too disciplined and too deep to let something like Mother Nature bother National Title hopes tonight.
Final Score: WAKE FOREST 34 BAYLOR 17
LOS ANGELES DODGERS (-160) @ WASHINGTON NATS
While the Dodgers pissed away their playoff chances over the last week, tough to see how Torre & Manny get swept by the Nationals. Especially with the pressure D.C. righty John Lannan seems to face at home (6.27 ERA at home, 2.40 ERA on the road) and his struggles of late (11.32 over his last two starts), look for the Dodgers to put-up a nice crooked number tonight. As for LA’s young phemon Clayton Kershaw (2-4, 4.11), before his last outing, nobody looked as dominate over the last month as the Dallas flamethrower (5 starts -1.45 ERA w/ 29 Ks in 31 innings). Especially facing a line-up whose leading RBI men over the last week have been Willie Mays Harris & Ronnie Fatface Belliard, tough to see the Dodgers let another one slip away…Dodgers by a handful.