Preview: Louisville at Wake Forest

Louisville visits Wake Forest on Friday night for an important ACC contest. Cardinal Authority provides a closer look at the contest.

Date: Oct. 30, 2015
Game Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: BB&T Field
Television: ESPN2
  Play by Play: Dave Fleming
  Analyst: Mack Brown
 Sideline: Allison Williams


Following a wet outing at home last Saturday, the forecast for Friday nights contest is clear and cool.  There is currently zero chance for rain and game time temperatures in the low 60s.

About the Cardinals and Demon Deacons:

  • Louisville enters the game 3-4 overall and currently sits third in the ACC Atlantic Division at 2-2 in league play. The Cardinals defeated Boston College last Saturday 17-14.
  • Wake Forest is 3-5 overall and at 1-3 in league play is fifth in the Atlantic Division.  The Demon Deacons fell at home to NC State 35-17 last weekend.
  • Wake Forest has lost four of its last five, with the lone with a 3-0 victory over Boston College.
  • The Cardinals have won three of their last four outings, with the lone loss a 41-21 defeat at Florida State.
  • The Cardinals recorded a season-high eight sacks, the most since tallying eight versus Wake Forest last season on Sept, 26. 
  • Louisville's schedule is rated the 12th-most difficult in the country by Sagarin. 
  • Wake Forest is tied for second in the nation in the number of receivers with at least 22 receptions with five. The Deacs are led in receptions by Cortez Lewis (35), Cam Serigne (35), KJ Brent (30), Chuck Wade (23) andTabari Hines (22). 
  • Playing on Friday, Oct. 30, the Cardinals will be playing their 74th game in school history on Friday. Louisville owns a 44-28-1 all-time record in games played on this day of the week.  Head coach Bobby Petrino is a perfect 7-0 all-time in Friday night games during his career at Louisville. 
  • Wake Forest's last home game on a Friday was on Nov. 17, 1967.
  • The Cardinals enter the contest ranked No.19 nationally in total defense, giving up 316 yards per outing. Wake Forest is 35th nationally, surrendering 348 yards per game.
  • In his last four starts since taking over as the starting quarterback, freshman Lamar Jackson has completed 60-of-109 passes for 852 yards and five scores. He is averaging 213.0 yards per game, while also averaging 88.0 yards on the ground.  He has accounted for 12 touchdowns - six rushing and six passing. He has three touchdown runs of 10 yards or longer and is averaging 17.3 yards on his touchdown runs.
  • The Wake Forest offense is averaging just 18 points per game, which checks in at No.119 in the nation.
  • Wake Forest is the youngest team in the nation according to college football expert Phil Steele. Of Wake Forest’s 149 points scored this season, 143 have been by true freshmen, redshirt freshmen or sophomores. KJ Brent is the only upperclassman to score this season with one TD reception.

3 Things for Wake Forest to Win:

  1. The Demon Deacons have proven to be difficult to throw on and they will need to force a mistake by the Louisville freshman quarterback.  Wake Forest is 17th nationally against the pass.
  2. Find some consistency.  The Deacs have improved during the second year of head coach Dave Clawson. Wake Forest’s 956 rushing yards this season are more than twice as many as the Deacons compiled for the entire 2014 season, but it hasn't been enough as the team has struggled with consistency all season.
  3. Keep it low scoring.  As evidenced by its 3-0 win over Boston College, Wake Forest knows how to win a close game.

3 Things for Louisville to Win:

  1. Improve Offensively.  The false starts have to dwindle to near zero and turnovers must do the same. The Cardinals must stop hurting themselves.
  2. Defense! The Cardinals defense held Boston College to 79 total yards.  Don't except another sub 100-yard effort, but it could be close.
  3. Run.  Wake Forest is difficult to throw against, so U of L will need to run if it is to have success.

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