No. 7 Louisville welcomes NC State to Papa John's Cardinal Stadium for an important ACC Atlantic Division meeting on Saturday at noon.
The Cardinals, 6-1 overall and 3-1 in league play, face a Wolfpack squad that fell to 4-2 overall and 1-1 in the ACC following an overtime loss at No. 3 Clemson last weekend. Both programs return the majority of their starters from last season that saw the Cardinals win 20-13 in Raleigh, N.C.
"They have a lot of guys coming back from last year, so we anticipate for it to be a good game," said U of L receiver Reggie Bonnafon.
That experience has helped the Wolfpack become one of the nation's stingiest defenses. Allowing just 95 yards rushing a game, NCSU is fifth nationally against the run and its No. 16 in total defense.
"They are just as good up front as anyone that we've played," said Galloway. "They really the rush the passer.
Like many of his teammates, Bonnafon was tuned in last weekend when NC State was a field goal away from upsetting division-leading Clemson in Death Valley.
"It didn't surprise me at all," he said of the close contest. "They're a great team and they're well coached. They play hard and run to the ball."
With both Louisville and Clemson having closer-than-expected contests last weekend, along with other contests around the league, the ACC is proving to be a difficult outing each week.
"ACC is arguably the best conference in the country, so each and every week you have to be ready to come in and play," said Bonnafon.