What a difference a season can make. At least that's the expectation.
When Louisville faced Wake Forest in 2015, the Cardinals were a slight road favorite against the Demon Deacons and needed great defensive play throughout the second half to hold on to a 20-19 come-from-behind victory. The outing saw the Wake Forest defense register eight tackles for a loss, including four sacks, while also limiting the U of L rushing attack to just 68 yards.
"Their defensive front is real active," said U of L co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Chris Klenakis. "They are technically sound, they play with a lot of effort and have great technique. It's the same group that we played against last year, so we are familiar with them."
In the 2015 win, then freshman quarterback Lamar Jackson found success through the air, completing 64 percent of his passes for 207 yards and two touchdowns. However, he was only able to muster 2 yards on 13 rushing attempts. He was sacked three times and had a long run of five yards.
The anticipation is that the experience of last season will prove the difference for the Cardinals offensive front in Saturday's meeting.
"It's really the same team that we played last year," sophomore offensive line Lukayus McNeil said. "They play hard, their entire defensive front plays hard. We just need to make sure we step up our game. It's different this year than it was last year because we were young and didn't know exactly what to do. Now we're going to player harder, better and smarter."
Here's the highlights from Louisville's 20-19 win at Wake Forest last fall: