Three numbers to track as the Deacs host the Delaware Blue Hens at 6:30 p.m. at BB&T Field.
The Blue Hens are averaging 335.5 yards per game rushing, good for fourth in all of FCS. Delaware gained 395 yards on the ground in the season opening 56-14 win over Delaware State, the went for 276 more in a 24-6 win last week over Lafayette.
Before you start thinking they can only do that against fellow FCS competition, consider they rushed for 279 last season against ACC Coastal Champion North Carolina.
This is a team that will use multiple backs and try to grind things out on the ground. They averaged 219 yards a game in rushing in 2015, and are throwing the ball just 13.5 times per game through two contests this season. After allowing just 39 yards rushing to Duke last week — a team that essentially abandoned the ground game in the second half, this will be quiet a shift for the Deacs defensively.
That's how many points the Deacs have scored so far this season, the lowest scoring two in FBS to be 2-0. Now, 24 of those points were scored at Duke Saturday, as it seemed the Deacs worked out the kinks that presented itself in the ugly 7-3 win in week one against Tulane.
The question is will sophomore quarterback Kendall Hinton be able to navigate the Wake Forest offense through a tough Delaware front seven that is currently third in FCS in total defense while allowing just 56.5 yards per game rushing. Statistically, it appears the things that worked well against Duke could be tough for the Deacs to establish.
The Deacs already have nine sacks this season, led by 3.5 from redshirt junior Duke Ejiofor, who's starting to get a lot of NFL buzz. Wake has just 20 sacks all last year, so just two games in and the Deacs have nearly accumulated half as many sacks.
The Wake defensive front has done an incredible job of pressuring the quarterback and snuffing the run. They will be tested against this week, largely by the big-time rushing attack of the Blue Hens.