Louisville begins preparation for the Music City Bowl with Saturday practice in Nashville, Tenn.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The University of Louisville football team has arrived in the Music City in preparation for Wednesday night's Music City Bowl against Texas A&M. The Cardinals went through their first practice at the bowl site on Saturday morning.

The University of Louisville football team has arrived in Nashville.

The Cardinals are here in the Music City to play Texas A&M on Wednesday night in Nissan Stadium for the Music City Bowl. It's the Cardinals sixth consecutive season of playing in a postseason bowl game.

"It's been going pretty good so far," junior defensive lineman DeAngelo Brown said. "We are just honing in on what we need to do to beat Texas A&M. We know at these bowl games that it's time to go to work."

The Cardinals arrived at their headquarters - the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center - on Friday afternoon and settled in before the first of three full practices before the bowl game on Saturday morning.

U of L went for about two hours at Father Ryan High School and will practice again on Sunday and Monday before a walk-through on Tuesday. The game is slated for 7 p.m. eastern time on Wednesday night.

"Our focus is really good," senior offensive lineman Aaron Epps said. "We had a couple of not days off, but where we did a lot of install and so it's been good. I feel like the focus of our team is really good."

Louisville and Texas A&M will both particpate in the Music City Bowl in a team welcome party on Sunday night at the Wildhorse Saloon downtown and on Monday night will attend a VIP dinner at the Country Music Hall of Fame and then a Nashville Predators game against the New York Rangers in Bridgestone Arena.

"It's all about balance," Brown said. "We get to have fun but we know why we are here and we're focused."

But Brown said he's never been to a hockey game and the Cardinals will also take part in a Hot Chicken Eating Contest and Song Writing competition during the welcome part.

"We are able to enjoy Nashville, especially tomorrow with the party and we get to go to a hockey game, which I've never been to one so looking forward to that," Brown said.


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