Three numbers to track as the Deacs face the No. 5 Louisville Cardinals at 7 p.m. at Papa Johns Cardinal Stadium.
The Cardinals average a whopping 593.4 yards per game while allowing just 293.1. That 300 yard difference per game average is remarkably close to the total number of yards the Deacs gain on average per game 331.4. The No. 5 ranked Cardinals obviously get it done on both sides of the ball, led by Heisman favorite Lamar Jackson, who has more total yards this season by himself (3934) than the entire Wake Forest offense (2983).
The Cards are outscoring their opponents by 102 points in the 1st quarter so far this season, and by 187 points in the 1st half, building a 20.77 point lead by the half so far in their nine games played. They want to jump out quick, punish and destroy opponents, most often making the second half completely irrelevant.
In comparison the Deacs are getting outscored 59-24 in the 1st quarter by opponents, but have responded with solid 2nd quarter performances, outscoring their opponents 85-27.
That's the number of turnovers committed by the Cardinals so far this season. Jackson has thrown six interceptions (backup Kyle Bolin has thrown one) and the Cardinals have lost 14 fumbles. They put the ball on the ground 21 times, but recovered it seven of those times.
This is a huge area of opportunity for the Deacs, who are tied for 14th in the nation with a +8 turnover margin. Force a couple turnovers and perhaps the Deacs can make this interesting. Conversely, if the Deacs are on the losing end of turnover margin Saturday it could get ugly real fast.