All the talk is about backup QBs
The talk heading into the game is centered around backup quarterbacks - and for good reason.
Louisville has played three quarterbacks this season with freshman Lamar Jackson getting the start in the Music City Bowl against Texas A&M. Kyle Bolin is his backup and Reggie Bonnafon will play his hybrid role.
But with Texas A&M, it's third-stringer Jake Hubenak expected to get the call. Kyle Allen and Kyler Murray, who combined for 2,896 yards passing and 22 touchdowns in the regular season, both left the Texas A&M program ealier this month giving Hubenak the start.
"It's his time now and he's looking forward to it," A&M coach Kevin Sumlin said. "So, here we are."
U of L coach Bobby Petrino said his team hasn't focused on what player will be under center for the Aggies, but the system that Sumlin runs at Texas A&M. He said there's not much film to watch on Hubenak because of his limited snaps.
"It's a challenge," Petrino said. "But I've known coach (Sumlin) for a long time. He's got a system he truly believes in. He's got concepts that he's always going to do no matter who the quarterback is. And then you change up a little bit depending on who's playing there."
Back in spring ball again
For Louisville this is the sixth straight appearance in a bowl game and the Cardinals are used to the grind that is bowl practices.
But several U of L players said no matter how many times you do it, there's no getting around the first week or so of bowl preparation feeling like you are "back in spring ball again," according to running back Brandon Radcliff.
"You are hitting each other and roughing each other up," Radcliff said. "It's good to get here because we know what's at stake."
Jackson said he has used the bowl practices to "get ready for next year."
"That's what it really is" Jackson said. "It's a grind."
Akers visits practice
Former U of L kicker David Akers, who enjoyed a long All-Pro career in the NFL, lives in nearby Franklin, Tenn., and visited the Cardinals' practice at Father Ryan on Saturday morning.
Longtime U of L overseer of special teams Paul Gering said Akers worked with the kickers and gave them a few tips.
"He's one of the best guys," Gering said.
Akers is expected to attend the Music City Bowl.
Weather alters plans
Louisville had to move its final full practice of the week indoors on Monday morning because of the bad weather. The forcast calls for 100 percent chance of rain on Monday but just 30 percent - and mainly during the morning hours - on Wednesday.
Petrino said the staff is treating Monday like it's a Thursday before a Saturday game.
"It's been pretty easy with the days, so we're treating (Monday) like a regular Thursday," he said. "It works out great for us. We just don't know what the real day of the week it is."
The Cardinals will attend the Nashville Predators game against the New York Rangers on Monday night.
Battle of the Bands
The two schools bands will battle it out on Tuesday night in Downtown Nashville.
The event will take place from 6-8 eastern time and will be on the corner of second and Broadway. The area is blocked off from traffic, so should be an easy place to get to if you are downtown.
The bands will battle and then there will be a free performance by Big & Rich.