Each week during the football season, Cardinal Authority breaks down the football opponent for the Louisville Cardinals.
And this week it's a solid North Carolina State football team visiting Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on Saturday at noon.
The Wolfpack are 4-2 after almost pulling off an upset last week at Clemson. The Wolfpack have knocked off Notre Dame (10-3) and beat Wake Forest (33-16) in their ACC opener.
N.C. State has a solid running game and a really good offensive line, but the key matchup for the cardinals against the Wolfpack is on the other side of the ball as the U of L offensive line must play at a high level.
The Wolfpack have one of the top defensive lines in the ACC, led by standout defensive end Bradley Chubb. N.C. State is allowing just 95.3 yards a game and Chubb leads the attack that features 320-pound nose tackle B.J. Hill, tackle Justin Jones and end Darian Roseboro.
The four starters on the line for the Wolfpack have a combines 19.5 tackles for a loss and 11 sacks.
"They line up a four-man front and pressure a little bit, but not as much as a lot of guys do," U of L coach Bobby Petrino said. "They play very sound and they make you earn it. They tackle well and they run full speed to the ball, so they're very impressive."
N.C. State has allowed more than 100 yards in just three games this season, including just 117 yards last week against Clemson. They allowed just 59 in the rain against Notre Dame two weeks ago.
On the flip side, the Louisville offense has been outstanding rushing the ball.
U of L averages 305.7 yards a game on the ground and the lowest output so far this season has been 272 in the opener against Charlotte. The Cardinals have had at least one 100-yard rusher in every game this season and two in three games.
And it will need to continue for a successful game against the Wolfpack.
"They are great up front and they play hard," U of L offensive Lonnie Galloway said. "They're just as good up front as anybody that we have played. They put their head on the ball and try to get it out. They're good."
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