--By Mike Gilpatrick
--Photo by Jared Anderson
The Louisville Cardinals look to snap a two-game series losing streak against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons tomorrow.
Coming off an offensive explosion against Boston College last week, Scott Satterfield and Co. travel to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, for a prime-time tilt against the undefeated Deacons. The game is at 7:30 pm, and on the ACC Network.
Here’s a rundown of the series history, what the Deacons are doing this season, and what to expect tomorrow:
Louisville has a 4-2 record against the Demon Deacons since they first met in the Orange Bowl on January 2nd, 2007. They opened a series in 2014, and have played every year since. Louisville won the first four matchups, with their latest win on November 12th, 2016. In that game, the Cardinals scored 34 fourth-quarter points to win 44-12.
The win gave the Deacons some fuel, as Wake announced that Louisville had received a copy of the plays Wake Forest were planning to run in the game. In actuality, Tommy Elrod, a former player and radio analyst, gave the playbook to co-offensive coordinator Lonnie Galloway.
Since then, the Cardinals dropped two consecutive games. The Deacons won their first matchup against Louisville on October 28th, 2017, 42-32; and their second on October 27th, 2018 56-35.
What’s happening this season
Wake quarterback Jamie Newman is the ACC’s top-rated passer. He has completed nearly 70 percent of passes, gaining over 1500 yards; and scoring 14 touchdowns with three picks.
Senior wide receivers Scotty Washington and Sage Surrat both have six touchdowns each.
The Deacons outscore opponents 35.8-21. They have converted over 54 percent of third-down conversions, while holding opponents to 26 percent. Their best win was arguably a 24-18 game against North Carolina.
What to expect
Louisville QBs Malik Cunningham and Evan Conley are both healthy for this week. Jawon Pass, on the other hand, is still listed as day-to-day. Cunningham has done well under center, and has completed 65 percent of passes with 5 touchdowns and 1 interception.
Saturday will be the first real ACC road test for the Cardinals. With next week’s matchup against Clemson, the Cardinals may need to play well in order to avoid a two-game losing streak entering a winnable game against Virginia.
The good news is that Louisville is rested, and coming off bye week.
ESPN’s FPI gives Louisville a 30.1 percent chance of victory. Wake Forest has found ways to win, and will be a tough opponent.
This will be a closer game than many expected. Boston College nearly beat Wake Forest, and lost by only a field goal.
Prediction: Boston College 31, Louisville 28