Good. They're good. Okay. All right. Well, again, I was just saying, you know, this is our normal Tuesday press conference but certainly not normal in the fact that we got an empty room so miss all my friends up in the top corner there and this being where everybody in person. But thankful and grateful that it's finally game week.
You know game week is is always special and, you know, to be honest with the opening day you know anything. It's always special, and that's really, I think, the mindset that our team has embraced this year is every day is opening day every day is opening day and you know, just trying to win the day one day at a time, you know, this team has really embraced that and like I said, every year. The opening week is special. There's so much to do to get ready for that first game and to kind of get everybody in a rhythm for the season. In in sync. But this year has been like none other. In that regard, and just super, super excited about it. Problem is excited about this opening week is my very first one is a head coach. Just because all this taking to get here. I mean, I'm super proud of all the people in our organization from, you know, President Clements all the way down and our staff, our support staff and all that has taken place. To get us to this point and really proud of our team. These guys have been amazing. You know, and I've seen our culture. You know, when the day, if you will, through this tough tough time that we've all dealt with, you know, since March and this very close football team, this is a a well lead team very smart team and it's an excited team. And it's a committed to and I can't wait to see a play. You know, and get to do what they love to do, be able to get back to doing something that they love. It's really exciting to be at this point. So, you know, see where we are, you know, it's the first game, obviously.
It's an opener openers are always the toughest games to me. Just because you really, you have no tape. You're basing everything on last year. Last year schemes last year's personnel. There's always new people that you have not seen any tape you have more time to prepare for the first game than you do me any other game. So to me it's always the toughest game to get ready for. But we're excited about and then you going on the roadmap going out to a place at Wake. Look at what they've done at home. They've been a very tough team to be at home and but at the end of the day, you got to start somewhere and I will see where we are and then see what we need to do to improve. So, you know, it's just awesome. That it's finally here wait force is a very well coached team. I got a lot of respect for Coach Carlson and you know, he and I have spent a lot of time together. A lot of time since March, because we've been on a couple different weekly meetings for a long time. Even still, got a meeting tomorrow so you know, spend a lot a lot of time together you know already have a lot of respect for him, but it's grown even more, you know, as I've got to know him on a different level.
But a very well coached team and four straight bowl games three and one in those games could have been for know at itself was last year in the bowl game. Started out 7-1 last year. And like I said, I've been very, very good at home in particular. So they got a good football team coming back defensively as their strength think they've got nine of their starters back as in like a lot of football for and then over an offensive side, probably one of the most unique schemes and philosophies that we play as far as their style of play and what they do Hartman their quarterback obviously Newman left. But listen Hartman is a really good player. We've seen him a lot of respect for him. His leadership, he's he's incredibly committed and invested into the program there and he's a great leader you know he he can beat you with his arm. He can beat you with a speed. Wake Forest. When I think of them. They've always been physical they pride themselves on that fact. I think if you looked at our game last year, I felt they felt they won the second quarter in our game and then we got a couple big plays. But these guys have a lot of fight tool. And again, very well coached on both sides of the ball schematically and know how to create problems so for us, we've got to be ready to play. We do have an experienced group on offense on a quarterback. And that first group and no well so you know hopefully those guys will be able to settle in early. We got to do a good job as coaches make the right adjustments. And and go from there. And then we've got a lot of new starters defensively that are going to be getting their, their first opportunity and then a lot of guys are getting bigger roles for the first time, so it'll be it'll be exciting to see how it all plays out. But again, just thankful to have the opportunity to get back to the season and hopefully for us accomplish our very first goal, which is to window. And with that, I'll take questions.