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Baylor vs Wake Forest Week 1 College Football Picks

by Steve Hastings on Saturday, September 5th, 2009

Baylor vs Wake Forest Week 1 College Football Picks: Head Football Coach Jim Grobe has sights back on the ACC Championship and his Demon Deacons ready for another great year. Baylor Bears open at Wake Forest Demon Deacons at 3:30 PM ET, Saturday at Groves Stadium, Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The College Football Picks experts at Sportsbook.com have the Wake Forest Demon Deacons -2.5 point favorites against the Baylor Bears.

Since Coach Grobe is bringing in more talent than Wake Forest is used to, the defense will be alright. The big question is how much better can the offense be this year?

The answer to that question will depend on the play of the offensive line. Everybody is back and that experience has to count for something. The fact that they cannot be much worse than last year is a positive as well.

If the group can grow up quickly and come together, it will be the offense, not the defense, which propels Wake Forest into another bowl game. The College Football Picks experts at sportsbook.com have the Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs Baylor Bears Total set at 53.5 points.

What it could all come down to is the play of the offensive line. The Bears lost Jason Smith to the NFL where he was drafted second overall in the 2009 draft. But they also lost Dan Gay who anchored the other side of the line. Senior center J.D. Walton and senior guard James Barnard are a decent group to build around, but it is highly unlikely that Danny Watkins and redshirt freshman Cameron Kaufhold can even come close to replacing Smith and Gay.

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