Louisville Cardinals at Wake Forest Demon Deacons
Date: Friday, October 30
Game Time: 7:00 ET
Venue: BB&T Field, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
The Louisville Cardinals look for their second road win to get back to a .500 record. Lamar Jackson is completing 55.4 percent of his passes for 1,135 yards, six touchdowns and seven interceptions. Jackson has four passing touchdowns in his last three games. James Quick and Jaylen Smith have combined for 562 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Jamari Staples has 10 receptions.
The Louisville Cardinals ground game is averaging 150.2 yards per contest, and Jackson leads the way with 482 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, Louisville is allowing 22.3 points and 315.4 yards per game. James Burgess leads the Cardinals with 60 tackles, Chucky Williams has two interceptions and Trevon Young has five sacks. Jaire Alexander, Jaylen Smith and Alphonso Carter are questionable.
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons could use a big home victory after losing four of their last five games. John Wolford is completing 62.1 percent of his passes for 1,012 yards, six touchdowns and five interceptions. Wolford is questionable with an ankle injury. K.J. Brent and Cortez Lewis have combined for 782 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Cam Serigne has 35 receptions. The Wake Forest Demon Deacons ground game is averaging 118.7 yards per contest, and Kendall Hinton leads the way with 330 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, Wake Forest is allowing 23.4 points and 348.6 yards per game. Brandon Chubb leads the Demon Deacons with 66 tackles, Marquel Lee has 2.5 sacks and Brad Watson has eight pass deflections.
Why Louisville Will Win
The grown-up Cardinal D should have few problems keeping the feeble Deacons in check. Wake Forest is averaging an ACC-low 15 points per game, unable to consistently extend drives or protect the pocket. Louisville will pounce on the backfield with a steady push from linemen Sheldon Rankins and DeAngelo Brown and linebackers Keith Kelsey and James Burgess.
Why Wake Forest Will Win
In many ways, Louisville is facing the same issues as Wake Forest—not enough offensive pop when facing quality defenses. The Cards are only slightly more productive than the Deacons, and improvements have not been evident in October. Without a reliable passing game to lean upon, Louisville must try to run against a try-hard front seven headed by linebackers Marquel Lee, Brandon Chubb and Hunter Williams.
Player Who Matters
Bobby Petrino has stuck with rookie QB Lamar Jackson, despite the fact that he’s getting no help from up front. Boston College enveloped the Cards for 16 tackles for loss and seven sacks a week ago, which stifling Jackson’s ability to mature. Wake Forest, which has just 11 sacks, will be less oppressive, providing the freshman with time to find favorite receiver James Quick.