BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (WDRB) - After a bye week, Indiana is set to host Wake Forest on Saturday at Memorial Coliseum. The Hoosiers are looking to build off their 2-0 start to the season after big wins over Florida International and Ball State.
Although a lower level team form the Atlantic Coast Conference, Wake Forest is undefeated traveling to Bloomington this week. With wins over Tulane, Duke and Delaware, the Demon Decons have matched its win total from the previous season.
The only time these two teams met was last season, the Hoosiers won by just seven points. In 2015, Indiana traveled to Winston-Salem and walked away with a 31-24 non-conference win.
So, the Hoosiers would be wise not to take Wake lightly.
"I think they are a solid team. Great on defense. They are playing great in the kicking game. They have taken care of the football and they are playing team football and they have had three really good team wins," head coach Kevin Wilson said.
Wake is coming off of a 17-point win over Delaware. They held the Blue Hens to just 94 yards of offense and limited them to eight first downs.
"They are good on defense. They are only giving up 12 points a game. They are going to be really tough. I am excited for the challenge, and it is going to be a big challenge," said fifth-year senior wide receiver Mitchell Paige.
Wake Forest has only given up 12.3 points per game, which ranks 13th nationally. They've also allowed fewer than 250 yards a game, which ranks sixth in the country.
Wilson will rely heavily on Nate Sudfeld's replacement, Richard Lagow. The 6-6 redshirt junior quarterback has already thrown for more than 500 yards and four touchdowns. Next to him, junior running back Devine Redding is attempting to run for more than 100 yards in six consecutive games.
But Wake realizes IU had the most efficient offense in the Big Ten last season.
"It is a very challenging game for us for a lot of reasons. Number one, the style of offense they run, the tempo, they have some legitimate, big time offensive linemen. The guard, (Dan) Feeney, might be the best O-lineman we see all year," said Wake Forest head coach Dave Clawson.
"(Devine) Redding is a big time player. The quarterback, (Richard) Lagow, is a junior college transfer. Indiana probably has averaged the biggest quarterback in college football the last two years. We are playing a power five team on the road and this will be a really good challenge for our football team.”
Back in Bloomington, the team is not only preparing for this week's opponent but understand what's to come.
"Wake comes in as a stout team and then we roll into nine straight Big Ten games. So getting ready to get real and get serious, and I think our guys are looking forward to the challenge. Will be a big game and a good week," Wilson said.
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