8:

That’s the number of carries that Michael Dyer had against Florida International and how many he’s had for the season. Michael Dyer has sat out the first three games with a thigh injury. Louisville fans have hoped for big things from Dyer this season. Some even expected it. I think he’s much closer to 100% this week and will get more work against a Wake Forest run defense that ranks near the bottom half of college football. He’s been an overlooked story with the recent QB controversy that has come about, but I think he can contribute in a large way to this team.

1:

That’s the number of receptions that Matt Milton has on the season. Even more perplexing, he only has three in his career. I feel like we’ve always heard about the talent that the former four star prospect and current 6 foot 5 receiver possesses, but it’s never been displayed on the field. Matt Milton is a senior and the hour glass is ticking. If he doesn’t produce soon, you get the feeling he never will. Perhaps with a new QB at the helm, Bonnafon and Milton develop a down field connection. Something that the Cardinals have sorely missed since Devante Parker got hurt.

36:

That’s the number of points that Wake Forest gave up to Utah State. That’s a good measuring stick for Louisville heading into the match-up. For me, I view this game as the proverbial turning point for the Louisville season. While the offense has struggled mightily at many different points, if Louisville has a dominant performance in them, you think it would show against the Demon Deacons. I think 36 points would be a good measuring stick to determine where this season is going.

9:

That’s the number of sacks that Will Gardner has took on the season. I suppose I’d look pretty frightened too, behind the tissue thin offensive line that has protected Gardner. Louisville has given up 12 sacks on the season, ranking them the 8th worst team in the country in that category. Though Bonnafon’s mobility will provide the offensive line some relief, every quarterback has to have some type of help from the ones in front. Louisville’s offensive line has to get better, that’s no secret. If they don’t, it’ll be a very long season. The noticeable improvements need to start against Wake Forest or they may never happen.

12 days:

That’s the amount of time that will have passed since Reggie Bonnafon’s father passed away due to heart failure. It’s a bit unpredictable how he’ll react. It’s a bit unfair for him to even be placed in this position. But from a football perspective, this is certainly something to watch. Remember this will be Bonnafon’s first career collegiate start, and after being placed in this position, the likely response is generally an extreme high or low.

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Chris Hatfield

Residing in Louisville, KY (via Bardstown, KY). I write things about Louisville Sports. Sometimes you'll like them. Follow me @_ChrisHatfield Email me at chatfield60@gmail.com

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