11-1 (6-1), 1st Big East
11-2 (6-2), 1st Atlantic Coast - Atlantic
Wake Forest might be the most unlikely team in the BCS this year. They won the ACC title game 9-6 against Georgia Tech to secure the school's first ever BCS bid. Louisville on the other hand had much bigger dreams for this season. After defeating West Virginia, the Cardinals had their sights set on the BCS Championship game, but a loss the following week to Rutgers all but crushed that dream.
The Cardinals are led at quarterback by Brian Brohm. Brohm missed a few games this season due to a thumb injury but still put up some impressive numbers. In 10 games Brohm threw for 2738 yards with 16 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. At running back Kolby Smith and his 700 plus yards rushing has picked up the slack for Michael Bush who had a season ending knee injuring in the first game against Kentucky. At WR Harry Douglas has over 1000 yards receiving and 6 touchdowns. Mario Urrutia is a big receiver with speed who can cause some matchup problems against the Deacons. William Gay is the man on defense with 5 interceptions.
There is no one standout for the Deacons, they are a team in every sense of the word. QB Riley Skinner threw for over 1780 yards with 8 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. Skinner did complete over 66 percent of his passes. The Deacons do not have any running back that rushed for over 500 yards but 3 with over 300 yards in Kenneth Moore, Kevin Harris, and De'Angelo Bryant. The three combined for 11 touchdowns on the ground. On defense the Demon Deacons only give up 100 yards on the ground.
On paper this game looks like a total mismatch, but as we saw last night the little man can win. Having said that I believe that Louisville has too much offensive power for Wake Forest to keep up with. For Wake to win this game has to be in the teens. But in the end Brohm will have a 300 yard passing day and Louisville will be the Orange Bowl Champions. Louisville 30-10
Brian from CFR
- Wake Forest