Louisville vs. Wake Forest Prediction, Game Preview

    Louisville vs. Wake Forest prediction and game preview. The Cardinals look to even their record to 4-4 as they travel to Winston-Salem to take on the Demon Deacons.

    October 27, 2015

    The Wake Forest Demon Deacons (3-5) host the Louisville Cardinals (3-4) Friday night in primetime. Check out the Louisville vs. Wake Forest prediction and game preview.

    Louisville vs. Wake Forest Game Preview

    Broadcast

    Date: Friday, October 30
    Game Time: 7:00 ET
    Venue: BB&T Field, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
    Network: ESPN2

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    Why You Need To Care

    With a month left in the regular season, Wake Forest and Louisville both sit below .500. Better win now or else it could become really tough to qualify for a spot in the postseason. The Cardinals have regrouped from an 0-3 start to go 3-1, capped by last weekend’s escape of Boston College, 17-14. The Deacons, on the other hand, have traveled in the opposite direction, losing four of their last five games.

    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.

    What’s Going To Happen?

    The Louisville D versus the Wake Forest offense will be Friday night’s biggest mismatch. And the Cardinals will leverage it to climb back to .500 for the first time in 2015. Jackson won’t be great, but he’ll do just enough with his quickness and his arm to stake Louisville to a lead that the defense will not relinquish.

    Louisville vs. Wake Forest Prediction

    Final Score: Louisville 28, Wake Forest 17, Line: Louisville -12, o/u: 42
    Must See Rating: 5: Jimi Hendrix: Electric Church ; 1: The Peanuts Movie … 2

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