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No. 24 Demon Deacons look to stay unbeaten, face Cardinals

September 30, 2021 GMT
Louisville quarterback Malik Cunningham celebrates a touchdown in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Florida State in Tallahassee, Fla., Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser)
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Louisville quarterback Malik Cunningham celebrates a touchdown in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Florida State in Tallahassee, Fla., Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser)
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Louisville quarterback Malik Cunningham celebrates a touchdown in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Florida State in Tallahassee, Fla., Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser)

Louisville (3-1, 1-0 ACC) at No. 24 Wake Forest (4-0, 2-0), Saturday at 12:30 p.m. EDT (RSN).

Line: Wake Forest by 6 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

Series record: Louisville leads 6-2.

WHAT’S AT STAKE?

The Demon Deacons are the only team in the ACC with multiple league wins in the opening month of the schedule. The Cardinals are coming off a win at Florida State. And both teams control their own destiny in the Atlantic Division race with No. 25 Clemson having lost at North Carolina State last weekend.

KEY MATCHUP

Wake Forest’s pass rush against Louisville’s offensive line. The Demon Deacons are third in the ACC with 15 sacks through four games. The Cardinals are tied for second in the league by taking just five sacks through four games.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Louisville: QB Malik Cunningham. He threw for 264 yards and two touchdowns while also running for 56 yards and two scores in last week’s win at FSU.

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Wake Forest: WR A.T. Perry. He has blossomed this year with team highs of 17 catches for 292 yards and three touchdowns. He also had 155 yards receiving against FSU.

FACTS & FIGURES

The Cardinals have won two straight meetings in the annual series between division foes, a 62-59 road win in 2019 and a 45-21 win last year at home. … Wake Forest is third in the ACC by averaging 38.8 points per game. … The Demon Deacons are 4-0 for the fourth time in six seasons. … The Demon Deacons have led their four games at halftime by a combined 99-29 this season. … This is the second season Wake Forest has been ranked under eighth-year coach Dave Clawson. The Demon Deacons were ranked for five weeks in 2019. … Louisville is seeking its first four-game winning streak since the 2016 season.

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