Three numbers to track as the Deacs face the Indiana Hoosiers at 3:30 p.m. at Memorial Stadium.
That's the number of passes the Hoosiers have intercepted already this season. First-year IU defensive coordinator Tom Allen has a stated goal of forcing three turnovers a game, and through two contests the Hoosiers are perfectly on schedule.
With junior quarterback John Wolford running the Wake Forest offense, the Deacs are sure to try to establish the passing game. The downside to that is that Wolford has more career interceptions (26) than touchdowns (22). It'll be important for the Deacs to get the deep stable of wide receivers involved in the game, along with All-ACC caliber tight end Cam Serigne without turning the ball over.
Of Indiana's 64 points scored this season, 20 have come off turnovers.
A win would move the Deacs to 4-0 on the season, a mark they've reached just four time in their history, most recently in 2006 when they won the ACC Title.
Last year, with an experienced offensive line and a NFL-caliber quarterback, the Hoosiers were sacked just 13 times the entire season.
They've nearly given up half that many through just two games. With Wake's talented and experienced defensive front featuring Duke Ejiofor and Josh Banks, will there be a big opportunity to get pressure and positively affect the game for the Deacs.
The Deacs already have 10 sacks on the season. Applying pressure and adding to that number could loom large.
The Hoosiers have started fast, outscoring their opponents a combined 32-10 in the first half in their first two contests. In front of a hostile crowd, it'll be important for the Deacs to not allow Indiana an early advantage.
Many IU insiders consider this a must-win for the Hoosiers, given the new Big Ten edict of nine conference games. Next on tap for Indiana comes three-consecutive ranked opponents in No. 8 Michigan State, No. 2 Ohio State and No. 20 Nebraska. Most logical scenarios that have the Hoosiers in a bowl game have this as a win for them. A quick start for the Deacs could impact the Hoosier psyche.