Entering Saturday's contest at 6-3 overall, Wake Forest is already bowl eligible and looking for a signature win to highlight its impressive season. The Demon Deacons currently sit in third place in the ACC Atlantic Division, trailing Clemson and Louisville, and they've done with the help of solid defensive play and a big-play offense.
"They are fundamentally sound in what they do and they are well coached," Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said. "They get games into the fourth quarter and find ways to win them, so we have to understand the challenge."
The three programs have met just three times. First, a Louisville victory in the 2007 Orange Bowl, and then again the past two seasons as ACC foes. The Cardinals have also won both of the league meetings, with both not being decided until late in the fourth quarter. U of L won 20-19 at Wake Forest last season.
"I've watched a couple games and think they're a pretty good team," U of L sophomore defensive back Jaire Alexander said. "They can make big plays when needed."
The Wake Forest offense will look to its ground attack first, where it ranks eighth in the ACC with 164 yards per game. The Deacs passing game gains slightyly more - 167 yards per game. That strength faces the heart of one of the nation's top defensive squads. The top-rated defense in the ACC, the Cardinals are No. 7 against the run, allowing just 106 yards per game and is No. 8 it total defense.
Kickoff is slated for 7pm.