The North Carolina State football team enters Saturday's game against host Louisville in Papa John's Cardinal Stadium coming off a near-miss last week in Death Valley against Clemson.
The Wolfpack missed a field goal to win the game in regulation and then dropped a 24-17 decision in overtime to Clemson.
But the performance by the Wolfpack erased any memory of their unexplainable loss to East Carolina earlier in the season and proved them a tough opponent for the Cardinals in week eight. N.C. State edged Notre Dame 10-3 two weeks ago in the rain.
"They're a very, very good football team," U of L coach Bobby Petrino said. "They're very well coached and they're a physical team. . . . They play very sound and they make you earn it."
Cardinal Authority has you covered on all of the takes of the game. Here's a look at five players to watch when the Wolfpack meet the Cardinals at noon on Saturday in PJCS:
1. Bradley Chubb, Defensive End, Junior - The 6-foot-4, 260-pound junior is the brother of Georgia running back Nick Chubb and makes a ton of plays on defense for the Wolfpack. He has 8.5 tackles for a loss and five sacks on the season.
2. Matthew Dayes, Running back, Senior - He's only 5-foot-9 but his low center of gravity makes him tough to tackle and at 205 pounds he's a load coming at the defense. Dayes has 100 or more yards in five of the six games this season and has over 2,00 yards during his career. He averages just over six yards a carry for his career.
3. Jaylen Samuels, Tight end, Junior - Samuels is one of the elite tight ends not only in the ACC but in the country. He already has 22 career touchdown catches and this season has 29 catches for 291 yards and four TDs. He's a matchup problem.
4. Josh Jones, Safety, Junior - The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Jones is the leading tackler for the Wolfpack with 53 tackles - 10 more than any other player on the team. He flies around and makes plays. He has two tackles for a loss, one sack, one interception and three pass breakups.
5. Tony Adams, Offensive Guard, Junior - One of the potential early-round NFL Draft picks on the Wolfpack roster, the 6-foot-2, 300-pound Adams has started 28 career games for N.C. State.