The University of Louisville will return to ACC play this weekend when Atlantic Division foe Wake Forest visits Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.
For the Cardinals defense, it'll face an opponent that is rebuilding on offense and is struggling to find an identity as it prepares for its first conference game of the year.
Among the players learning on the fly for Wake Forest is true freshman quarterback John Wofford. Last week, Wofford finished 25-of-35 for 238 yards and a pair of touchdowns in a 24-21 win over Army.
Despite the performance against Army, which was also the team's first game with more than 100 yards rushing this season, the Demon Deacons ranks in the bottom tier of most offensive categories, including 109th in scoring, 121st in total offense and No. 124 (next to last) in rushing.
The Cardinals defense enters the contest ranked 7th in both rushing and total defense, as well as 12th in scoring defense. The focus will be to play sound and mistake free football.
"The biggest thing to me is that it's about us, how we perform and make sure we execute," said U of L defensive coordinator Todd Grantham. "It's a home game, it's a conference game, so understand the importance of the game and we have to be ready to play."
This is just the second ever meeting between the two programs. The last time these two met was in the Orange Bowl following the 2006 season, with the Cardinals defeating the ACC Champion Demon Deacons 24-17.